Mis Hanes Pobl Dduon 2017 yng Ngogledd Cymru
Black History Month 2017 in North Wales
Hanes Du – Ein Hanes Ni
Black History is our Shared History
Press Release - Sept 2017
Black History Month, celebrated each October, is getting off to a great start this year. Kicking everything off on Saturday 30th September will be a whole day of great activities in Bangor. Starting at 10am, Storiel provides the morning venue for a Cuban bata drumming demonstration plus presentations on the shared history between North Wales, Africa and the Caribbean.
A highlight will be spectacular performances by carnival drumming band Bloco Swn and martial arts/Brazilian dance group Capoeira Mocambo, which will take place at Bangor town clock at midday, followed by a parade back to Storiel. The afternoon at Storiel is filled with African/Caribbean food tasting by Maggie Ogunbanwo, a Capoeira workshop, Rhythm of West Africa drumming, stalls, displays and discussions.
Marian Gwyn, Regional Coordinator for Black History Month Wales confirmed that a special treat at this year’s event would be Anansy the Spider. ‘Anansy’, Marian said, ‘is a famous African/Caribbean spider character who tells traditional tales. I’m delighted that Joy Roxborough will be bringing Anasy to life in storytelling sessions morning and afternoon at Storiel on Saturday’.
‘Everything is free’, she continued, ‘and everyone is welcome, so just join in! The entire event is managed by local groups including the North Wales Jamaica Society, the African Caribbean Society and Learning Link International, and is supported by the Arts Council of Wales and Race Council Cymru. See our North Wales Black History Month website for more information and find us on Facebook’.
Black History Month takes place each October and is dedicated to celebrating not only the connections between Britain, Africa and the Caribbean but also recognises the contributions of black people to British society and culture. 2017 is the 10th anniversary of commemorating Black History Month in Wales and there will be lots of events and activities going on throughout October. ‘Help us celebrate it in style’, added Marian, ‘by putting on your own activities. See the Black History Month Wales/Mis Hanes Pobl Dduon Cymru website for more information’.
Update Sept 2017: Agreement was reached last year that Race Council Cymru was best placed to lead BHM for Wales and currently applications are being considered by funders to put a support structure in place.
Iolanda Buna Viegas has taken on the role of as Co-ordinator for BHM activities in North Wales, with a focus on Wrexham, while Marian Gwyn, with support from the North Wales Jamaica Society, Capoeira Mochambo and Learning Links International, has agreed to oversee the co-ordination of a programme of activities in BHM in North West Wales.
Please see the programme of activities planned in BHM IN NI 2017 and check out Race Council Cymru's website for Waleswide activities.
NB This site is managed by Learning Links International as an archive and a working tool to update the programme of activities.
The Black History Month North Wales Facebook page has the latest information.