Inclusion & Diversity

Here is the hub of my thoughts; ideas, experiences, everything and anything. If you have something you’ve been thinking about or something you’d like me to write about, let me know.

National Diversity Award Nomination

National Diversity Award Nomination

I don't know who it was, but someone just nominated me for the National Diversity Awards and said these wonderful things and I'm honestly a mess. Thank you, thank you! And if you want to vote, I think you can via the link below 👇🏽 "Ngaio is an...

Hair Politics

Hair Politics

This week I declined the invitation to play at an upcoming festival that I’d been invited down to review for Bristol 24/7 last year. Due to a sense of loyalty to the organisers I allowed myself to be silenced after an occurrence with security but after being asked to play this year and the issue […]

Inclusion – What It Means To Me

Inclusion – What It Means To Me

Following on from my thankful list made in Committing To A Multi-Hyphen Life I want to go into a bit more detail on each of the points I made – starting with my role working as Inclusion Officer with Artspace Lifespace and The Invisible Circus. Over the past few months I have been rearranging my life […]

Bristol Love

Bristol Love

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to write about the amazing things that have been happening but it’s been mad busy so I’m letting myself off. To kick off with the most important recap…. ST PAUL’S CARNIVAL!!!! Let me say first and foremost; thank you the residents of St Pauls for letting the […]

We Have To Be Woke

First published on Bristol 24/7 as new columnist, Friday Feb 23, 2018 “Theresa May, where’s the money for Grenfell? What you thought we just forgot about Grenfell? You criminals, and you got the cheek to call us savages. You should do some jail time, you should pay some damages, we should burn your house down and […]

Reclaiming Space at Boomtown Fair

It’s no secret that I’ve moved and worked in predominantly white spaces since my youth. Growing up as a mixed race child in the middle of rural Wales was not an easy experience; though one that I value due to the immense love I now have for nature, it instilled a feeling of ‘otherness’ in […]

Chineke! Orchestra: Classical music diversified

“I could count on my hand the amount of people of colour I’d played with in the past 35 years… That’s not good.” Fresh off the phone from BBC Radio 4, Chi-chi Nwanoku walked me through her mission to champion change and celebrate diversity in the Classical music scene. From performers at the forefront to those behind […]

Chineke! Orchestra, St George’s

‘I want black and minority ethnic musicians to walk on stage and know they belong’ After speaking to Chi-Chi Nwanoku I was more than a little excited to watch Chineke! Orchestra playing music by Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint George at this special St George’s Day concert at St George’s. The composer, an illegitimate son of a French plantation owner […]