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Wales Millennium Centre celebrates Black History Month with a special tribute to Nelson Mandela     

Wales Millennium Centre celebrates Black History Month with a special tribute to Nelson Mandela

As part of the Wales wide Black History Month programme in partnership with Black History Association Wales and African Community Centre, Wales Millennium Centre will be hosting two events throughout the month. Taking place on the 18 October, a day will be dedicated to celebrating the life of the great African Leader, Nelson Mandela, with the Black History Month finale taking place on the 25 October.

Tribute to Nelson Mandela
Following the sad passing of Nelson Mandela last year, African Community Centre in partnership with the Centre hosts a day dedicated to the former South African President on Saturday 18 October, to pay homage to the great man. Featuring music, talks and performances, the day will celebrate the inspirational figure and the valued contribution of the African community. The day will include an a cappella performance from UWC Atlantic College, music from Amas and the Jazzy Africana plus displays of African traditions such as dancing and an African wedding ceremony. There will also be an African drumming workshop which will be open to all.

Black History Month Finale
On Saturday 25 October, Wales Millennium Centre, for the sixth year, is proud to host the finale of Black History Month. With a vibrant array of activities taking place across the country as part of the celebrations, many of which are connected to the World War One Centenary, the finale will be an excellent opportunity to celebrate African Diaspora culture and its contributions to Wales and beyond with music, dancing, good food and good company.

The day will include performances on the Glanfa Stage from:
Panafest Cymru, who will open the festivities with a bang, featuring a performance from local artists. The performance will be a culmination of 12 weeks of song, dance, drum, poetry, visual arts and theatre workshops.
The reliable sound of sunshine, Solid Steel, a London based steel band who will bring the best in calypso sounds to the Centre.
Cardiff based, Ballet Nimba combining traditional and contemporary West African dance and music in an exciting and dynamic way.
BBC Wales Horizons artists Baby Queens and Kizzy Merial Crawford who will grace the stage. A Welsh speaker, songwriter and performer with Bajan heritage, Kizzy Meriel Crawford boasts both range and charisma. The all-girl, Wales based group, Baby Queens mix hip hop, rock, soul and reggae with breathtaking vocals.
A gospel choir with an edge; Swansea Gospel Choir, singing a mixture of traditional gospel and contemporary songs.
The Big Talent Agency presenting Hairspray. Enjoy an extract from one of the hippest musicals in the West End presented by young, local aspiring starlets.
Wales Millennium Centre’s very own urban choir, Hard Côr, who will perform a classic song from the early 20th Century in their very own unique style.
Messiah Dub Club, authentic ska dance band, fused with Latin, Salsa and Reggae, led by Cardiff's Anthony Ward a.k.a. Drumton.
Further acts to be announced.

And if that weren’t enough, back by popular demand is local Chef Geraldine Trotman. The Caribbean menu served at the Black History Month Celebrations in 2013, devised and created in collaboration with ffresh restaurant’s head chef, was a huge success and therefore Geraldine will be back consulting on this year’s menu, which will not only be served at the celebrations on the 25th but also at various points throughout the month at ffresh bar.
Part of the finale celebrations, Tavaziva Ten is a stunning and seductive collection of five minute dance pieces, which will be performed in the Weston Studio. Artistic Director of Tavaziva Dance Company, Bawren Tavaziva's distinctive African style is powerful, memorable and entirely contemporary. Eight outstanding dancers will perform these ten short, beautiful pieces depicting the extraordinary story of one man's imagination. Works featured will include Sensual Africa, Wild Dog, Greed and Mandhla. [Please note this performance is ticketed.]

Across the day the Centre’s ffresh Bar & Restaurant will team up with Caribbean chef and resident of Cardiff Bay, Geraldine Trotman, to offer a delicious Caribbean menu for the Black History Month’s celebration day.

Free Events:

Tribute to Nelson Mandela will take place on Saturday 18 October from Midday – 6pm.
The Black History Month fFinale will take place on Saturday 25 October all day.
Both events are free and open to all.

Ticketed Events:

Tavaziva Ten takes place on Saturday 25 October at 8pm in the Weston Studio. Tickets range from £8 - £13. Age Guidance: 12+.

For more information please visit or contact the ticket office on 02920 636464.
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