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Swansea celebrates Black History Month

GLYNN Vivian Art Gallery, the LC and Swansea Museum will be among the city venues throwing open their doors to celebrate Black History Month.

Glynn Vivian art gallery

Glynn Vivian is hosting a major new exhibit by renowned artist Yinka Shonibare on themes of conflict, empire and migration which changed British society for ever in the wake of World War I.

His exhibit, a sculptural work called End of Empire, sits on a Victorian-inspired see-saw and is seen as a metaphor for dialogue, conflict and reconciliation. Glynn Vivian will be hosting the work until February next year.

Other events planned include authentic African Dance lessons on Friday lunchtimes throughout October at City Church, a BME sports forum hosted by the LC on October 23 and Chinese Kung Fu taster sessions being staged on the green in front of the National Waterfront Museum every Monday in October from 6pm to 7pm.

Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet Member for Innovation, Regeneration and Tourism, said Black History Month is an opportunity to share cultural events and insights in communities across Swansea.

He said: "We're home to more than 100 languages and Swansea is proud of its cultural heritage because it has made us what we are. The council's cultural services team works all year round to support activities and events which show off the diversity at the heart of our communities. Black History Month is another great opportunity to tell these stories.

"We have really strong partnerships with a range of organisations which make possible events like those going on in October so enjoyable and interesting."

Swansea's contribution to Black History Month saw its launch at the Grand Theatre on October 8 with a musical extravaganza with Bob Bailey and the Jailers, Nimba and Bevin Magama the storyteller which follows on from a Race Equality Conference.

On October 13 Swansea Museum hosts the unveiling of the FirstWaves Parliamentary Exhibition. This exhibition focuses on the impact of the Race Relations Act 1968 which was a turning point in the fight against racism. 

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