Black History Association Wales, in partnership with the African Community Centre, is pleased to announce an exciting and thought provoking programme of events and workshops that will take place across Wales from September to November, many of which are connected to the World War One Centenary.
The Black History Month Wales 2014 Steering Committee have chosen together to deliver a programme of activities with ‘1914 – 1919’ at its core, bringing to life the untold history and shared experience of Wales’ black communities during this period, inspired by a visit to the RAF Museums’ ‘Pilots of the Caribbean’ exhibition and the Merchant Navy Seamen’s Memorial in London.
Work has begun in preparation for a wide range of activities commencing with the official launch event at Newport’s Riverfront on Friday 26 September. Wales-wide performances, film screenings, workshops, talks and visits will continue throughout the season and a spectacular showcase event will take place at the Wales Millennium Centre on Saturday 25 October.
On Friday 26 September, The Riverfront will host the South Wales launch with special guest; Professor Gus John, featuring the 100 young voices of Cwmtawe Community, St. Mary's The Virgin, St. John Lloyd RC, Pillgwenlly and Maindee Primary schools and debuting new drama inspired by the impact of the African Caribbean migration to Wales during 1919.
Expect rag time rhythms and jazz syncopations from the Voices of the Caribbean Youth Choir, led by Butetown Bay Jazz and JW Community Music, alongside the valiant voices of Diaspora seamen that dedicated their lives to Wales in the debut of Routes, written and directed by Ndidi Spencer, and performed by Neil Reidman and Anthony Corria.
To book a place at the launch e-mail Gabrielle Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01792 470298
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