“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 12,000 people, speaking 40 languages, at  over 152 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 is working to unite the 91 Language Communities of Bristol through food.Since 2015 we’ve shared food, 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.
May 21st is the UN World Day for Cultural Diversity, which focuses on encouraging Dialogue and Development between communities, and providing an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to “live together” better.
The campaign focuses on the theme ‘Do One Thing For Diversity and Inclusion’, which encourages people and organizations from around the world to take concrete action to support diversity. It suggests some simple things you can do to celebrate World Day for Cultural Diversity:
• Learn about another religion by meeting the community teams involved in 91 Ways
• Listen to a musical tradition from a different culture
• Cook traditional food from different cultures with the community cooks at 91 Ways
• Learn about traditional celebrations from other cultures at a 91 Ways supper club
• Volunteer with an organization like 91 Ways working for diversity and inclusion
• Learn another language
To support the work of 91 Ways you can make a donation or you can help us as a volunteer; please contact us via our website www.91ways.org ( link in bio)
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91 Ways to Build a Global City6 days ago
Foodie Friday with 91 Ways ! Yummy Chilli Paneer ! The very talented Brinda Bungaroo Brinda's MauritiusDelights recently joined us for a cooking lesson with our over 55's group. She made a wonderful Chilli paneer that is super quick and really yummy ! Why not give it a try this weekend?

This recipe yields one of the best chilli paneer a thick gravy that pairs well with either plain boiled rice or an egg fried rice or even noodles. Hope you enjoy ! Brinda.

Ingredients Serves 2-4
● 1 pk of paneer (Indian cheese)– cut into cubes
● 1 onion - diced
● 4Tbs Corn Flour
● 2-4 green chillies – some thinly sliced and leave two for garnishing
● Peppers – (optional)
● 2Tbs Tomato Sauce
● 1Tbs chilli sweet sauce
● 1Tbs hot chilli sauce
● 2Tbs Soya Sauce
● Salt to taste
● Oil for frying
● Sesame oil to drizzle
1. Mix the paneer cubes with the corn flour, place a pan on the heat and fry the coated paneer cubes. Remove and set aside.
2. In the same pan, add a little oil and fry the chopped onions until translucent. Add the chopped or sliced peppers and fry until golden.
3. Add the sauces and the sliced chillies to the onion, taking care as it will spit and together with the chilli hitting the hot oil, the fiery smoke will be quite pungent.
4. Add fried paneer, a little water to make a thick sauce and cook until soft. Taste for seasoning and add salt as required.
5. Turn the heat off, drizzle with sesame oil and sliced chillies. Serve warm with plain boiled rice.
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91 Ways to Build a Global City1 week ago
Team Pasta! Our lovely friend and fabulous Italian cook Claudia Poligioni from Coexist Community Kitchen joined Eliza Moreland and Harriet in Stockwood yesterday for their over 55’s cooking class. Claudia showed us how to make her incredibly pasta carbonara and a very tasty asparagus pasta sauce. And of course she had us making our own tagliatelle too!
Thank you Claudia for sharing your recipe with us, everyone left feeling very full and with plans to recreate the dishes at home for their families.
If you are over 55 and live in Bristol why not join us for some free cooking classes. Just email harriet@91ways.org or send us a direct message.
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91 Ways to Build a Global City1 week ago
We had a lovely volunteers evening for 91 Ways. The challenge of the evening was making summer rolls and the talented Gena @genagoss gave us an impromptu lesson ! And Sarah @kitchentitbits was the winner ! Thank you to everyone that attended and if you missed this one we will hold another volunteers event later in the year ! #91ways #bristol247 #bristolfood
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91 Ways to Build a Global City2 weeks ago
Help spread the word about 91 Ways ! Support us by Liking & Sharing our posts and by telling your friends about us. Your donations and your attendance at our supper club events, are our key sources of our funding. Your support you will allow us to continue to bring together the different language groups across Bristol; building bridges across the community & uniting people through food. https://www.fundsurfer.com/crowdfund/91-ways-our-expansion-continues-in-2019

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