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We Don’t Need Permission Black History Month 2022

Festival of Ideas

Watershed  |  £8.50 / £5

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After a screening of Chris Rock's 2009 documentary Good Hair, Eric Collins join us to explore the challenges and opportunities facing Black businesses.

The event will be in two parts:

2.15pm: Screening of Chris Rock’s 2009 documentary Good Hair introduced by Eric Collins

Good Hair sets out to explore the importance of hair in Black culture, interrogating the complex international business of hair and how (seemingly in equal measure) it has both empowered and disempowered Black communities, at once exploring reigning definitions of beauty and the persistence of white supremacy in those challenging definitions.

4pm: Talk and discussion with Eric Collins, in which he will share his expertise on successful entrepreneurship

Collins’ new book reveals how it’s possible to transform a system that has helped some, while holding others back, aiming to inspire and motivate under-represented people to take their future into their own hands, simultaneously demanding current business leaders and organisations do business better, now.

Sado Jirde (Director of Black South West Network) will join Eric Collins for the Q&A, which will be chaired by Lord Lieutenant of Bristol, Peaches Golding.

There will be a short interval between the two parts of the event.

Eric Collins is the host of the award-winning Channel 4 Show The Money Maker and author of new book We Don’t Need Permission: How Black Business Can Change The World.

Booking Information

Booking is managed by Watershed’s Box Office. Book online or call 0117 927 5100.

One wheelchair space with a companion seat can be booked online per booker. If more are required, please call the box office.

Please review Watershed’s terms and conditions and Privacy Policy when booking as we do not accept any responsibility or liability for the policies. You can read Bristol Ideas’ Privacy policy here.


  • Watershed’s main entrance and Box Office are both on the ground floor which is accessible via a ramped, electronically assisted entrance door.
  • There are two Blue Badge parking spaces to the rear of Watershed on Canons Road.
  • Guide dogs and hearing dogs are very welcome.
  • The first floor of Watershed is accessible via lift from the main entrance and includes level access to all areas, including the cinemas and event spaces.
  • The cinemas and event spaces have induction loops.
  • There is an accessible toilet (with baby changing facilities) near Cinema 1. Follow the signs for the Cinemas and the accessible toilet is just on your left through the double doors before Cinema 1.
  • There are gender neutral toilets in the cinema corridor on the first floor.

Visit Watershed’s Access page for more information.

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