The Bristol Schools and Caribbean Heritage Project involved local school communities and heritage partners in exploring and celebrating the rich heritage of Caribbean folk tales and Bristol’s links to that heritage. Heritage themes were explored through a series of interactive arts workshops; drama, visual art and music. The culmination of which was a live drumming and drama performance of the story of Anansi and Mr. Snake set to pre-recorded audio featuring the voices of children from participating schools and elders from the Caribbean community. Lanterns depicting characters from a story were created by children and members of the wider community who lit the way. The performance took place at Rose Green Centres’ annual bonfire event on the 5th November 2022.
150 children, 51 families, 7 school staff, 5 artists and 9 volunteers supported the event. Massive thanks to May Park Primary, White Hall primary, Malcom X Elders, The Rose Green Centre, Bristol West Indies Cricket Club and Heritage Lottery for making this project happen.
Anansi and Mr Snake
Anansi the Spider is one of the great folk heroes of the world. He is a rogue, a mischief maker, and a wise, lovable creature who triumphs over larger foes. In this traditional Ashanti tale, Anansi must use all his wit and cunning to capture the great snake of the forest. If he succeeds then a great prize awaits him form the tiger king…