Hosted by China Plate and Birmingham Hippodrome

Bus Boycott Block Party

Inspired by the landmark 1963 Bristol Bus Boycott.


Run time: 11.30am - 5.00pm

Age: All Ages

Illustrated drawing of a green double decker bus against a yellow background, surrounded by several people.
Yellow banner with red words saying 'Bus Boycott Block Party'

Bus Boycott Block Party

The community spirit our grandparents had, and the kind we felt during the pandemic, is the kind that needs celebrating.

China Plate Theatre has been making an arts programme in collaboration with residents which celebrates North Birmingham’s heritage of migration and activism through the ages. As part of our planning for 2022, we’re exploring what it means to belong to a community, the art of protest, and intergenerational stories within Caribbean and South Asian communities.

So to get to know us, and for us to get to know you, we threw a Block Party on Saturday 28 August!

It’s was free family-friendly fun day, where people could:

  • Explore the grounds of Soho House
  • Enjoy food from our South Asian and Caribbean stalls.
  • Two-step with throwback tunes from our live DJ.
  • Get crafty with our artists Jane Thakoordin and Nilupa Yasmin.
  • Map their memories of the area with Black Heritage Walks Network and Overhear.
  • Rediscover Handsworth through a walking tour with Black Heritage Walks Network.
  • Catch exclusive previews of songs from our brand-new Bus Boycott musical.
  • Say “Remember when?” as you marvel at our retro bus from National Express West Midlands.
  • Behold the first bus stop gallery that’s “On Our Way”.
  • And other children’s activities too!

This programme is inspired by Birmingham’s own reputation of intergenerational activism and the 1963 Bristol Bus Boycott campaigners. They galvanised the nation into creating the first piece of legislation which explicitly outlawed racial discrimination.

Bus Boycott Block Party is created by China Plate in association with Birmingham Hippodrome, supported by Garfield Weston Foundation, National Express West Midlands, Birmingham Museums Trust, Soho BID, Transport for West Midlands, Arts Council England and Birmingham City Council.

Artwork © Malikah Holder

Block Party

Want to find out more about the Bus Boycott events programme? 

We will be launching our On Our Way strand from Autumn 2021 – Spring 2022.

If you’d like to find out about our mission to convert more bus stops into galleries, please visit the On Our Way page here. Plus, stay tuned and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to find out how the work of our Birmingham commissioned artists will be growing and developing over the next year.

Alternatively, if you’d like to stay in touch and be a part of our journey and find out more about particular artists, then please fill out the form here.

Here is a rundown of what happened on the day of the Bus Boycott Block Party:

  • Bus Boycott Block Party Walk No. 1 Led by Black Heritage Walks Network
  • Arts workshop with Nilupa Yasmin
  • Live performance by Black Voices
  • Banner-making workshop with Jane Thakoordin
  • Live performance of music from Bus Boycott (Working Title)
  • Bus Boycott Block Party Walk No. 2 Led by Black Heritage Walks Network
  • Workshop with Overhear & Black Heritage Walks Network
  • Poetry performance from Ashlee Elizabeth Lolo
  • Live performance of music from Bus Boycott (Working Title)
  • DJ Remmy throughout the day playing the best throwback tunes.

Creative Team

Two young women standing side by side looking directly at the camera and smiling.

Aksana & Diandra

We're the producing duo behind the commissioned Birmingham artists and the Bus Boycott Block Party.

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  • Associate Producers | Aksana Khan & Diandra McCalla
  • Commissioned Artist | Black Heritage Walk Network
  • Commissioned Artist | Overhear
  • Commissioned Artist | Jane Thakoordin
  • Commissioned Artist | Nilupa Yasmin
  • Designer | Malikah Holder
  • Outdoor Events Manager | Sooree Pillay
  • Hosted by | China Plate & Birmingham Hippodrome

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