Celebrating 21 years of Bristol’s link with Beira: Book launch, Friday 25th May 2012

Bristol Link with Beira is launching a book detailing over twenty-years of solidarity work between the two cities.

The book launch event will take place on Friday 25th May 2012 at 10.30am for an hour at the Bristol Central Library café area. Front cover of the book can be viewed:Beira_Front cover_2

This launch has been organised to coincide with the UN’s Africa Liberation Day. Bristol signed a friendship agreement with Beira in Mozambique on 11 December 1990 to promote lasting peace and development, and enhance understanding between the two cities.

During the past 20 years, Bristol and Beira have established a strong link through education programmes, cultural events and
development work facilitated through the Bristol Link with Beira (BLB).

The Link works closely with Bristol and Beira City Councils to organise projects and activities, promoting understanding of Beira in Bristol and contributing to the development of Beira. The link also involves exchange visits, joint educational work, cultural events, financial appeals and donation of equipment. BLB is a member of BITA and works closely with the Mozambique High Commission, in London, and the British High Commission in Maputo.

Our Guest Speaker is Ms Ilda Raivosso the 2nd Secretary from the Mozambican High Commission in London.

Programme for Book Launch – Friday 25 May 2012 Africa Liberation Day

10:00 Registration & tea
10:30 Introductions & Welcome, Ms Peninah Achieng, Chair, Bristol Link with Beira
10.35 Song 1 by Clifton High School Choir
10.40 Ms Emma Sambrook, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, UWE
10:45 Reflections on Africa Liberation Day, Ms Sauda Kylambuka, Chair, African Voices Forum
10:50 Solidarity & Twinning, The Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Peter Main
10.55 Statement from HE Shaun Cleary, British High Commissioner to Mozambique (read by Paul Dunn, Bristol Link with Beira)
11.00 Mrs Ilda Raivosso, 2nd Secretary Mozambican High Commission, London
11.10 Song 2 Clifton High School Choir
11.15 Whats the future for BLB and Vote of Thanks, Steve Strong, Trustee, Bristol Link with Beira
11.20 Book handover to the Library by Lord Mayor & 2nd Secretary Mozambican High Commission

11.30 Ends

Invited guests from Bristol City Council, African Diaspora Communities, Bristol University Hispanic Dept and represenatives from the voluntary sector.

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