“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 City3 days ago
Hurry ! We have just 10 tickets remaining for our Egyptian supper club on the 28th February with Norah. You will find a profile of Norah on our website, tickets for the evening and details of the menu http://ow.ly/l8a030nAqPu
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91 Ways to Build a Global City added 3 new photos — attending an event at we the curious.6 days ago
91 Ways were really excited to be invited to cook at the very special valentines “after hours” evening for adults at We the curious, in Bristol. The very talented Negat Hussain gave a cooking demonstration with lots of yummy tastings. What a great way to spend Valentines evening ❤️
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91 Ways to Build a Global City7 days ago
Happy Birthday to one of our Community Ambassadors; Shiv Sama. Shiv has been one of the key supporters of 91 Ways since our inception in 2015 and we can't thank him enough for all his help, hard work, support and of course the beautiful food he shares with us ! Thank you Shiv and hope you have a lovely birthday !
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91 Ways is excited to be celebrating today the humble lentil, bean and pea ... February 10th has been designated by the United Nations as the World Pulse Day in recognition of the contribution pulses make to health, nutrition, food security, biodiversity and fighting climate change. Our community chefs already know the value of pulses and they are a firm fixture on many of the menus' our chefs create. Yesterday we joined Shiv Sharma as he started the 2019 British Dal festival by creating two beautiful dals at the Hindu Temple in Bristol , including this yummy Chana Dal.
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91 Ways to Build a Global City is attending an event.2 weeks ago
We’ve been busy cooking a delicious dal. Looking forward to welcoming you all and celebrating this magical dish together. 📷 Jim Lampard
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91 Ways to Build a Global City2 weeks ago
Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet people are still afraid to talk about it. Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to talk about mental health.
This year’s Time to Talk Day is all about bringing together the right ingredients, to have a conversation about mental health. Whether that’s tea, biscuits and close friends or a room full of people challenging mental health stigma, we want you to get talking.

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