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Black History Month 2012

NW BHM Launch was on Monday 1st October 2012 at Penrhyn Castle

10 - 12 Teachers Workshop to launch the Schools Black History Forum by putting on 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 provide information about developing links with schools in Jamaica.

12 - 2.00 opportunities to tour Castle at special reduced rate and have lunch in the National Trust Cafe

2.00 - 4.00 Official Launch Programme with representative of the Jamaican High Commission and invited guests, with keynote speakers including Marian Gwyn, NW based Black History Researcher and Yasus Afari, Jamaican Dub Poet in Residence for BHM in Wales.

The NW BHM Reggaethon 2012 - with radio stations, social events and individuals playing reggae - can we cover 24 hours a day for the month?

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. 

PONTIO is supporting BHM with:

"Africa Calling" on 14 / 10 / 12 at Powis Hall, Bangor University - check  http://www.pontio.co.uk/whats-on/full-event.php.en?nid=9902&tnid=9902

"Harp Music from Africa and Wales" on 2 / 11 / 12 at Powis Hall, Bangor University - check   http://www.pontio.co.uk/whats-on/full-event.php.en?nid=9944&tnid=9944

UCHELDRE THEATRE in Holyhead is staging a great night on 24 / 10 / 12 Gazebo Theatre in Education's "Jamaica 50th" http://www.ucheldre.org/music.htm

NWAMI is hosting a BIG DEBATE in Colwyn Bay on Fri 12th Oct

The idea of planning a touring Wales Jamaica Poetry Festival in 2012 - 2013, to focus on our shared histories will be taken oin by the Atlantic Links team as part of the official celebration of Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of Jamaican Independence. This will be led by Yasus Afari, with Welsh and other British based Jamaicans, and Martin Daws with English and Welsh speaking Welsh poets - to bring in the 3 languages.  This will build on the very successful event put on at the Moyleci Environmental Centre by Learning Links International 3 years ago. This tour will probably take place in 2013 and will include school workshops that will support the production of a Youth Anthology of Poetry.

Despite not gaining HLF funding the exciting “Cysylltiadau dros yr Iwerydd / Atlantic Links” the momentum developed is so great that the project will still be launched to include researching the past 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

Organising academic lecture tours eg by Chris Evans, author of "Slave Wales" to launch “Atlantic Links” reading groups in libraries

Promoting the 2012 NW Capoeira Festival – led by Colin Daimond and his NW team, following up the successful activities of last year held in North Wales, featuring
Capoeira Masters from Brazil  http://www.capoeiramocambo.co.uk/ Dates are from 27th October - 4th November 2012. Capoeira Mocambo will also perform at the Wales BHM Finale in Cardiff on Sunday 28th October.

A special event in Wrexham “Exploring the Roots of Racism” will be staged to explore the story of Stanley, as told in S4C’s Cymru Ddu, involving academic researchers and community campaigners eg Football Clubs and "Show Racism the Red Card".

WALES BHM Jamaican Dub Poet in Residence YASUS AFARI will be visiting schools, colleges and universities - contact lizmillman@yahoo.co.uk for more details

Poet and Drummer Spicy Fingers will also be supporting school programmes across Wales http://www.spicyfingerspoet.com/

Locally based poet, Martin Daws, will be running schools and community workshops with a Black History links theme.

Dragon Drums are taking bookings: http://www.dragondrums.co.uk/dragondrumschoolworkshops.html

Capoeira Workshops can also be booked to tell the sotry of African resistance http://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 are also planning an event to launch their links with the Denbigh Show in Jamaica.

Police, Fire Service, Health Services, Schools, Colleges and Universities, Libraries, Archives and other organisations are also being encourgaged to plan and put on events.

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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