In 2020, the community successfully campaigned to stop the Rastafari Culture Centre from being turned into flats. After the Stop the Sale petition gained more than 5,000 signatures, Bristol City Council agreed to allow the RCC to purchase their premises for £30,000. The Selassie family have raised much of the money, but are calling on the community for a final push to complete the purchase and carry out necessary repairs.
Ras Bandele Selassie has served the community for 40 years. People say the spiritual and community importance of the culture centre cannot be put in words. "People from all walks of life come to the centre, from university students to people struggling with poor mental health, to people coming from prison. They all come here to calm down. It is used as the peoples' safe space. It is the only Black space in the community that is open for anybody to just come and be. People come in to be peaceful and listen to some community reasoning. It is a healing place."
You can help protect the Rastafari Culture Centre.
- Give generously to our GoFundMe fundraiser by clicking here.
- Spread word and get your friends donating!
- Put on a fundraising event.
- Support our fundraising events, like our Windrush Day 22nd June Open Decks Reggae event with Rubba Riddims 3PM - 8PM.
- Share your memories here, of Ras B's work and the Rastafari Culture Centre - please share your stories and pictures, so we can preserve this heritage for future generations.
This centre should stay in community. Help us raise £20,000 and spread the word.
Photo credits: Khali Akmed