“Now more than ever we need to celebrate our common humanity,

by coming together to build bridges and

unite against the voices which seek to divide us”

Kalpna Woolf 2018

The dominant story of our times and the biggest threat to global peace is the persistent focus on our differences: from terror, negative rhetoric, intolerance and a deluge of confused information. And yet, in cities and communities across the UK, we are faced with the challenge of bringing our diverse communities together.

Our story

We are a dynamic, social enterprise known as 91 Ways to Build a Global City, which was named after the 91 languages spoken in Bristol. Since 2015 we’ve collected recipes and food stories from many of Bristol’s language communities and helped to bring together groups who have never come into contact with one another before –bringing together over 10,000 people, speaking 40 languages, at  over 125 events in schools, universities, places of worship, with community organisations and even on boats.

 

Since our first launch event, 91 Ways has kept growing and spawned all sorts of follow ups: centrepiece mass meals at food festivals, local community events across the city and a roving pop up International Peace Café.All of this has not only brought together diverse communities across the city and showcased a myriad of world food cultures, but it has also provided an opportunity for a group of refugee women in Bristol – from Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Eritrea – to become part of the wider community, show off their local food cultures and develop skills to help them pursue fledgling catering careers.

Where next?

We want to go deep into our communities both locally and nationally. Reaching into areas where people feel isolated, fearful and forgotten. We plan to visit all these communities and to hold inter-community events so people can meet people from their community and from other parts of Bristol.Our focus will be Avonmouth, Southmead, Lockleaze, Hartcliffe, Stockwood, Knowle West and Barton Hill. Our events will encourage people to make genuine connections with their neighbours from other cultures by using the uniting power of food, to cross these divides and talk about our traditions and heritage.

Our events will feature food which is representative of that community and this acts as a starting point to talk, share personal stories, memories and cultural understandings throughout the event. These conversations lead to long-lasting connections and friendships. We will feature people’s recipes and memories on our website and share them with their community and others so that they can celebrate their diversity.

Bristol can be a beacon for peace

We are also looking to expand some of these activities into other cities; in 2018 we have used our projects in Bristol as template to trial similar style community projects in Nottingham, Belfast and South Gloucester and the results of these have been very encouraging.

 

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91 Ways to Build a Global City17 hours ago
Human Rights Day is celebrated on December 10 every year to raise awareness of human rights issues. 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The basic principle of the day is that we need to stand for our own rights and those of others. The theme for Human Rights Day 2018 is 'Stand Up For Someone's Rights Today". Let's stand-up for equality, justice and human dignity.
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91 Ways to Build a Global City6 days ago
GIVE A GIFT WHICH WILL HELP UNITE BRISTOL
** Spring 2019 supper club tickets**
**Early bird tickets available till Friday **
The perfect gift is a ticket to one of our supper clubs; we have Italian, Thai and Swabian (German) planned for spring 2019. Gift vouchers available.
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91 Ways to Build a Global City6 days ago
IT'S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN!
GIVE A GIFT WHICH WILL HELP UNITE BRISTOL!
The perfect gift is a ticket to one of our supper clubs; we have Italian, Thai and Swabian (German) planned for spring 2019. Gift vouchers available. http://ow.ly/CBi730mRtI0
(p/c Eliza Moreland)
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91 Ways to Build a Global City2 weeks ago
Thank you to all our supporters for a truly uplifting evening ! We feel loved ! HUGE thanks Adrian Kirikmaa & Gary @cobchef for your amazing help, and to sponsorship of the evening by @loaders_bucher @JonesFS1911 @BristolFineWine @St_Monica_Trust
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91 Ways to Build a Global City2 weeks ago
91 Ways had a great Saturday morning; preparing breakfast for Fair Saturday in Bristol. Our amazing community chefs prepared a whole range of global foods including Eritrean eggs (similar to shakshuka), spanish style Tortilla, "jazzy" beans ( a family recipe for Kalpna), a beautiful fruit cake, a malawi style donut and a beautiful Bangladeshi sweetened yogurt dish that we couldn't stop eating! Thank you to all our amazing team. More photos are on our website. http://ow.ly/1OzS30mK09r
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91 Ways to Build a Global City2 weeks ago
Huge thank you to the team at CO-Op for their donations through 2018! The team at the Bedminster Down branch, lead by Karen, raised over £7800 to share between 91 Ways, the Headly Park community centre and the local scout troop ! Many thanks Co-Op for a great scheme and for supporting the local community. #thecoopway #onecoop @Kymwithers

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