NEWS: Celebrating the culture and the contributions of the African Diaspora for 10 years in Wales #BHMWales10 #Cardiff

This year Black History Month Wales celebrates its 10th year anniversary.  Throughout its tenure, delivered by a passionate steering and management committees, it has developed large scale cultural celebrations, educational programmes, workshops and talks across the country.

This year will be no exception, with a full calendar of activities celebrating the contribution of the African diaspora to Wales’ culture, economy and industry. Wales Millennium Centre has been a proud partner of Black History Month Wales, hosting finale celebrations and workshops over the years and looks forward to continuing that cherished partnership over the next 10 years.

The theme chosen for this year’s celebration is “Our Stars. Our Future. Our History: 10th Anniversary 2017”. 

To recognise the achievements of young people from Black and Minority Ethnic communities in Wales, BHMW held their second Black History Wales Youth Awards 2017 at the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay with the Grand Finale being held at Wales Millennium Centre on 29 October from 12pm.  The nominees are deserving young black people from North Wales – who have made significant contributions to racial cohesion in North Wales

Programme highlights include Black Voices UK, Jazzy Africana Band Wales & Afro Rythm, Soel Connect|NoW Gospel Choir, Nimba, and Kyla Brox.

Back by popular demand is Chef Geraldine Trotman who will work with Ffresh restaurant chefs to produce a sumptuous Caribbean menu.  This year she is joined by African Chef Derin Omole to deliver a menu to please all taste buds.

Audiences can tuck into curried goat, jerk chicken, jollof and fried rice, red mullet fish and vegetable curry.

Alongside this, Radio Platfform, the Centre’s accredited digital radio training programme, will co-host slots with young people who will be working with Christopher Nation to capture and share the celebrations on the day.

Graeme Farrow, Artistic and Creative Strategic Director for Wales Millennium Centre said, “Wales Millennium Centre has been a proud partner of Black History Month Wales, and we look forward to continuing this partnership over the next 10 years.  As an organisation we strive to raise the aspirations of young people in Wales and this year we are thrilled to do so by hosting the Black History Month Wales finale celebration- recognising the achievements of young people from Black and Minority Ethnic communities in Wales.”

Mrs Uzo Iwobi OBE Chief Executive of Race Council Cymru stated, “Year on year Black History Month is proving to be one of the most engaging, lively and welcoming events in Wales’ cultural calendar. It serves both as an educational project and an entertaining experience for those interested in and inspired by African and Caribbean Heritage and the Welsh connection.”

Black History Month 2017 Grand Finale, Wales Millennium Centre, 29 October 2017 12pm



NEWS: @CardiffCityFC gets dance tips at @TheCentre

Cardiff City Football Club to receive tips and techniques from the dancing world to get a new edge to their game

 Cardiff City FC are to attend a specially tailored, dance-inspired workshop on Tuesday 26th November at Wales Millennium Centre. The workshop, led by the director and company members from performing arts company Clod Ensemble will be attended by players and staff from across the senior, development and under-18 teams. The workshop marks the start of Clod Ensemble’s Performing Medicine: The Anatomy Season at Wales Millennium Centre.

While football and dance might initially appear at very opposite ends of the physical spectrum, they still hold plenty in common, with both relying heavily on coordination, teamwork, balance, strength, intention, dexterity, creativity and stamina. Planning formations on a pitch could be considered a form of choreography.

In this workshop footballers and dancers will explore what movement vocabularies they share, what they can learn from each other and what we can learn about anatomy by comparing the physicality of highly skilled dancers and footballers.

Through the collaboration, players, coaches and physiotherapists from Cardiff FC and dancers from Clod Ensemble, will share ideas as to how best to prepare the body and mind before stepping out onto the pitch or the stage.

Outlining her hopes for the specially devised workshop, Suzy Willson, director of Clod Ensemble, said: ‘Football has often been called the beautiful game – we look forward to finding out whether the grace of the players translates from the football pitch to dance studio, and perhaps our knowledge about movement and creativity might find it’s only valuable place out on the pitch.’

Cardiff City’s Head of Performance Richard Collinge MCSP SRP, said of the event: ‘Cardiff City is pleased to be collaborating with Clod Ensemble on this exciting project. We look forward to working together again in the future, as we look to further explore the physical and psychological similarities and overlaps between the performing arts and professional football. We thank Wales Millennium Centre for their invitation and drive in putting this project together.’

The workshop is the perfect example of Clod Ensemble’s capacity to unleash the diverse potential of performance and movement in a range of different contexts. It also marks the start of Clod Ensemble’s Performing Medicine: The Anatomy Season, in association with Wales Millennium Centre, a series of conversations, performances and workshops inspired by the theme of anatomy (26 Nov – 7 Dec). An innovative programme of events, Performing Medicine: The Anatomy Season fuses expressive dance, original music scores, visual art, history and medicine in order to explore what goes on under the skin and present an inspiring, illuminating interpretation of the wonders of the human form.

For further information on Performing Medicine: The Anatomy Season and to book tickets, visit call 029 2063 6464.

NEWS: Ground preparations for @barrytownsc @StandUpForBarry

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Ground preparations and important ticket information –

On Sunday (5th August 2012) from 10am, members of the Barry Town Supporters Committee will in the ground continuing their efforts to prepare Jenner Park for the Cardiff match, and all members of the community are welcome to come and help out.

The BTSC is also welcoming any volunteers willing to assist on match day, and encourage would-be helpers to pop along on Sunday to discuss roles they may be able to fulfil.

Tickets for the Cardiff match will also be available on Sunday.

However, the BTSC is keen to stress that there will be no pay on the gate admission at the game, and that anyone wishing to attend must purchase their tickets in advance.

This is to ensure maximum safety for all patrons and to allow ticket checkers to allow everyone safely into the ground in ample time for kick-off.

There will be an allocation behind the bar at Jenner Park until an hour before kick-off, but it must be stressed that these tickets will be limited in supply.

The BTSC advises that ticket holders arrive in good time; with close to 1,000 tickets sold at the time of press, some queues are anticipated.

Around 500 tickets are still available online at and we encourage supporters to book ASAP to avoid disappointment.

All ticket monies raised go to the independent, non-profit and fan-run Barry Town Supporters Committee, whose ‘DIY football’ ethos has helped make this match a reality.