Eat, dance and see the city through new eyes

Did you know that October is Black History Month?  This month experience an eclectic range of activities celebrating the contributions black men and women make to the UK.

Lotus Women exhibition - Arpita ShahAnd where better to start than with a visit to Streetlevel for a look around Nymphaeceae (Lotus Women) – a captivating exhibition by photographer Arpita Shah.

This vibrant collection of striking colourful imagery shares the lives of women with Asian, African and Arab heritage living in Scotland.

When I spoke with photographer Arpita she told me the project was inspired by her own experiences growing up in a Hindu home, childhood memories in Saudi Arabia, coupled with her research into Hindu Mythology.  It reflects the interesting and inspiring people she’s met, fused with reoccurring discoveries like the lotus flower and its shared parallels in religions such as Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and Shinto; often signifying femininity, beauty, reproduction and detachment.

Partnering with this exhibition is Ajamu’s Future Histories: Celebrating the Scottish Diaspora – a unique series of portraits of black people within the arts, public life, community activism, business, music, entertainment.

Jamaican blues

If you fancy something livelier head off to the Ankur Blues Party on 17 October –a Jamaican blue’s shindig with a modern twist.  It promises to be an exciting combination of music, live performance, food and dancing – can’t wait.

See Glasgow through new eyes

And if you feel like stretching your legs and seeing this great city through someone else’s eyes, then join the energetic African women leading the My Glasgow walking tours at the end of the month.

Have a dance, a laugh, taste some delicious food, discover and enjoy.

– B


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