Multicultural; Black History Month & Refugee Week

Whether you are exploring Refugee Week, holding Multicultural celebrations in your school, or partaking in Black History Month events, one of our assembly and/or workshop programmes will help enrich your activities!

**IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR 2021**

We know and understand how important it is that your children have access to high quality multi cultural learning experiences, whatever your current situation. Therefore, this year we have worked hard to ensure that we have a varied offering of LIVE performances & workshops, ZOOM workshops, and FILM performances & LIVE workshops designed to suit each schools specific requirements; please contact us directly to discus your needs.

We are also super excited to yet again be able to offer THREE of our most popular Black History Month programmes as downloadable films for use in school and at home as part of our Bigfoot Arts Education digital platform. Please visit our BIGFOOT ARTS EDUCATION TV page for more information about purchasing and downloading these films; Africa My Story, The Empire Windrush, Come An’ See Anansi.

Please download our BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2021 and REFUGEE WEEK flier for more information

Hidden Figures; Black & British (LIVE OR ZOOM)

Workshops for KS1- KS3

Within this workshop we will tell the fascinating stories of brilliant Black people, often omitted from our history lessons, who have shaped our country. Using these ‘hidden figures’ to entertain and inform discussions between young audiences, we will expose them to a dynamic insight into our REAL history; a history that includes Black people as fundamental to creating the fabric of our society and the rich tapestry of who we are today.

Protest; If not now, then when? (LIVE OR ZOOM)

Workshops for KS1- KS3

With society is in the midst of one of the biggest global civil rights movements, ‘Protest; If Not Now, Then When?’ Explores the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement and its place in a tradition of Black people using the power of protest to effect change. The programme aims to encourage young people to understand that you are never too young to make a stand… as  a wise man once said- “If not me, then who? If not now, then when?”

Africa; My story (FILM + LIVE WORKSHOPS)

Assembly & Workshops for Years 1-6

Join either ‘Mama’ or ‘Brother’ Africa as they share the stories that have inspired them – from their colorful childhood days in Africa, to the darkest of days during the slave trade. Can you help to
ensure that the story of their lives and heritage will live on?

Come an' see Anansi (FILM + LIVE WORKSHOPS)

Assembly & Workshops for Years 1-6

When Anansi is brought to life and drops into your school, be prepared for a lively story adventure! Weaving and spinning vibrant tales from the shores of the Caribbean and Africa, this cunning half-man half-spider is the ultimate trickster!

Jax's Jukebox (LIVE PERFORMANCE + WORKSHOPS)

“It was about music for all people – white and black, blue and green, cops and the robbers. I was reluctant to have our music alienate anyone.” (Berry Gordon)

Join Jax to unearth the magic of some of the worlds musical legends in order to explore the origins of his family’s eclectic taste in music. With Jax’s help, learn how music genres steeped in Black History, such as Jazz, Reggae, Soul, SKA, R and B and Grime, transcend all cultures and generations in order to help the world dance to the same tune!

Carnival of Heroes (LIVE PERFORMANCE + WORKSHOPS)

Assembly & Workshops for Years 1-6

Spirit has become separated from The Notting Hill Carnival Parade only to re-appear in your school hall! From here a different kind of celebration and some contemplation ensues – that of black role models past present.

All Aboard the Windrush! (FILM + LIVE WORKSHOPS)

Assembly & Workshops for Years 1-6

Meet Clinton or his Mum, Grace, as they wave goodbye to their homeland and prepare for a new life in post-war Britain. What will they miss? Why are they starting a new life in the Motherland? What was life like on board the Empire Windrush in 1948?

Generation Windrush; Grace's Story (LIVE ONLY)

Storytelling Workshops for KS1 & KS2 

Celebrating over 65 years since the ship first docked at Tilbury, the story of the Empire Windrush marks the foundations of multi cultural Britain. Meet Grace or Jakob, both passengers on board the ship from the Caribbean, as they embark on the voyage of a lifetime.

The journey of the storyteller (LIVE ONLY)

Storytelling Workshops for KS1 & KS2 

Join Bigfoot as we breathe new life into fairy tales of old by embracing the influence of Indian, Chinese and African cultures popular in the Caribbean countries of Trinidad and Guyana today.

Her- Story (LIVE OR ZOOM)

Workshops for KS1 – KS3

This workshop will look at the struggles and achievements of historic and contemporary black women from the past 250 years. Through focusing on lesser-known figures, students will learn how the actions of women have shaped our history; or should we say, ‘her-story’!

Heroes (LIVE OR ZOOM)

Workshops for KS1 – KS3

Our Hero days are a perfect way to celebrate and appreciate the amazing achievements of heroes in black and Afro Caribbean history, as well as looking to the present and future to explore
what being a ‘hero’ means.

The Story Tree stories (LIVE ONLY)

The Story Tree Stories are Bigfoot’s collection of exciting and interactive programmes especially designed for EYFS students. Choose between either:

  • The story of Boone the Banana who meets lots of different fruits from around the world and discovers that we are a little bit the same and a little bit different!
  • Our adaptation of the popular story Handa’s Surprise, which explores the colorful and eventful journey of Handa as she travels through the beautiful landscape of Africa to collect a surprise for her friend Akeyo, with even more surprising results!

Think simple, act BIG! (LIVE ONLY)

Assembly & Workshops for Years 1-6

Explore what the word ‘refugee’ means, how refugees positively contribute to our society, and how important it is to empathise with those who seek refuge in our country.

**NORTH EAST REGION ONLY**

FREEDOM!

Workshops for Years 1-6

Drama and Devising workshops that explore the idea of Freedom and what it means to us. Do we feel free and if so, do we take it for granted? Children are encouraged to compare their own lives to those less fortunate as they think about wealth, class, culture and equality. A skilled facilitator leads the session and explores the ideas through a series of interactive drama tasks before compiling their ideas into a performance that can be shown back at the end of the day.

ALL ABOARD THE EMPIRE WINDRUSH!

Film Making  for Years 1-6

Learn about Clinton as he waves goodbye to his homeland and prepares for a new life in post-war Britain. What will he miss? Why is his family starting a new life in the Motherland? What was life like on board the Empire Windrush in 1948? Celebrating over 65 years since the ship first docked at Tilbury, the story of the Empire Windrush marks the foundations of multi-cultural Britain. Exploring how we treat others who are different, making people welcome and new beginnings, this interactive film-making day is the perfect opportunity for children to think about people from other cultures and create something the school can watch back and celebrate.