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BHM in North Wales Calendar of Events 2013

North Wales BHM Launch Event:  1st October 2013 at Penrhyn Castle‚Äč

The morning session welcomed a guest from the Jamaican High Commission with a talk by Marian Gwyn on the links between Jamaica and Penrhyn.

In the afternoon there was a Teachers Workshop led by the British Council to provide information about developing links with schools in Jamaica and other countries and also as a pre BHM workshop for teachers to raise awareness and present ideas with teaching materials for use to support the integration of teaching about Black History in BHM and throughout the year, as well as to find out more about the "Atlantic and World Wide Links" project.

There were also opportunities to have lunch in the National Trust Cafe and visit the Castle grounds as the Castle was closed to the public on this date.

This year Schools are invited to join the Widening Horizons project to link schools in Jamaica with schools in North Wales check: www.ukjaschoollinks.com

The Ministry of Education has now extended an invitation to schools in North Wales and funding for teacher exchanges is available again through Connecting Classrooms.  These links will enable us to explore shared histories. Did you know schools in Jamaica hold Eisteddfod all across the island?

Jamaican Poet, Yasus Afari, has been a great support for schools and communities across Wales brining a clear understanding of the importance of Black History.


The NW BHM Reggaethon 2013 - with radio stations, social events and individuals playing reggae - can we cover 24 hours a day for the month?3
John Wyre and the North Wales Jamaica Society are leading on this o

Listen to the reggae podcasts going out on: http://reggeathon2012.podomatic.com.  Why not make your own mix and broadcast it to the world?

What's your all-time favourite tune?  What are you listening to right now?  Get in touch, with your requests, your support and your love at reggeathon2012@gmail.com.

“Cysylltiadau dros yr Iwerydd / Atlantic Links”

The exciting “Cysylltiadau dros yr Iwerydd / Atlantic Links” project has developed so much momentum that the project continues to informally research African Diaspora links between North Wales and Mid Wales and countries around the Atlantic, as well as recognising existing links and forging new links between schools and organisations with shared heritage, for example, the Denbigh Shows in Jamaica and Wales, and schools in the areas of the Caribbean where estate owning families from North Wales had plantations

This project may evolve to had an even wider range - including Australia and New Zealand where many families with Welsh Heritage still live.


WALES BHM Jamaican Dub Poet in Residence YASUS AFARI will be visiting UK this year - but check www.yasusafarionline.com and contact lizmillman@yahoo.co.uk to explore options

Capoeira Workshops can also be booked to tell the story of African resistance Check  www.capoeiramocambo.co.uk

Talks and presentations about the Penrhyn Estate Links with Jamaican Plantations can also be booked - contact Liz Millman 07711 569 489

Young Farmers in Denbigh also explored links  with the Denbigh Show in Jamaica.

Police, Fire Service, Health Services, Schools, Colleges and Universities, Libraries, Archives and other organisations were also being encourgaged to plan and put on events, however this needed more planning.

Contact NW BHM Co-ordinator Liz Millman, on 07711 569 489 lizmillman@yahoo.co.uk to discuss ideas or get some support or to offer funding or space for NW activities in BHM!

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