Film Africa, the annual London film festival celebrating the best African cinema from across the continent and diaspora, is here! Brought to you by Royal African Society, the 8th edition returns to screens across London with 39 films, from 15 African countries, 18 premieres, and special guests. Join us for 10 days of discovery, debate, live music, family fun, festival awards, parties, and more!
Date: 2 – 11 November 2018 Venues: BFI Southbank, Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Ritzy Cinema, Rich Mix and South London Gallery. Full Programme: bit.ly/FA2018Programme
Saturday 27 October 2018 2.00p.m. to 4.30p.m.
All members and perspective members are invited to join us for this year’s AGM followed by a round table discussion on Zimbabwe. The AGM opens for registration at 1.30p.m. and includes also the election of new officers for the Society.
3.15p.m. “What now for Zimbabwe” A post- election opinion .Speakers to be confirmed.
The NEW Venue for this year is three minutes walk from Liverpool Street Station and is next door to no.100 Bishopsgate: St Ethelburga’s Church(Meeting Rooms),78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG
Mike Campbell Foundation – Zimbabwe: rising from the ruins? Tuesday 9th October from 7 – 9 pm (doors open at 6 .30 pm). Venue: Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR. Speakers include: Kate Hoey MP (Chair), Ben Freeth MBE, Fergal Keane OBE, Archbishop Sentamu, Chief Felix Ndiweni and Gift Konjana. To book, visit:https://event.bookitbee.com/18402/my-first-event-1347?preview=y
“Peace and the New Constitution of Zimbabwe”
Join the International Peace Project for a talk by Dr Z W Sadomba (University of Zimbabwe)on Saturday 19 May 2018 12.00p.m. All Saints Church,WestbourneRoad, Queen’s Park, Bedford MK40 4LD. Download flyer
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This is the developing word press site for the Britain Zimbabwe Society. The Britain Zimbabwe Society (BZS) was established after Zimbabwe’s Independence in 1980 to share information, promote friendship and facilitate networking between the two countries.
In addition BZS organises a BZS Research Day annually in June, to highlight research by academics on Zimbabwe both in that country and in the Diaspora. A Review with details of newly published books, economic reviews and articles of general interest, is published three times a year. Membership of the organisation provides access to BZS Information which promotes news and debate on the current situation in Zimbabwe and events linked to Zimbabwe. For further details on joining the BZS please consult the information on membership provided elsewhere on this site.
The next 2017 BZS Research day is on Saturday17 June 2017 8.30a.m. to 5.30p.m. St Anthony’s College Oxford. It is run in partnership with the Oxford African Studies Centre. The subject “Staying Alive in Zimbabwe-Food,Land and Livelihoods. BZS_RD17_first announcement_updated 22Oct16
A reminder that the Research Day programme includes a book launch by Marieke Clarke and our guest speaker Pathisa Nyathi, of their biography of Welshman Mabhena, published in Zimbabwe last year and now available in the UK through African Books Collective. Marieke and Pathisa will be signing copies and the book will be on sale from the bookstall during the refreshment and lunch breaks on Saturday.
“Welshman Hadane Mabhena: A voice for Matabeleland” was written by Marieke Faber Clarke with Pathisa Nyathi and published by Amagugu Publishers, Bulawayo, September 2016. The book is distributed in the UK by African Books Collective.
Welshman Mabhena was an iconic figure in the Zimbabwean nationalist struggle. Of noble origin, he faced humiliation, threats to his life,detention and imprisonment under appalling conditions and for many years. But he remained loyal to the ideals of the nationalist struggle that he sacrificed
precious time to achieve. Elected Secretary-General of ZAPU in 1985, Welshman Mabhena was one of the architects of the Unity Accord of 1987. He was elected Deputy Speaker of Parliament and became ZANU-PF Matabeleland North Provincial Chairman. In 1992 he was made Governor of Matabeleland North. His tenure of office was not renewed by the head of state and Welshman Mabhena was dismissed from
the role of Governor in 2000. He died at home in 2010 and is buried in Bulawayo.