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We had great fun & beat the drum too!

The exhilarating sound of African Drums came alive at Oakley and St Paul’s last week to celebrate international Black History Month 2017.

To mark this special occasion, we organised two inspiring workshops to bring the community together to learn all about the rich African and Caribbean culture.

Over 80 families came along to enjoy a unique drumming and storytelling experience from renowned cultural performer Kulcha Lee! There was certainly smiles all around as everyone had a great time putting to the test a variety of musical instruments to imitate the sound of the jungle.

The fun didn’t end there as taste buds were also treated to an amazing and tantalising mix of African dishes from the African Community Foundation Gloucestershire.

Ellen Pollicott, our Community Development Officer, said “What an amazing turnout! It’s wonderful to see the local community turn out in force to join in the fun and learn all about the rich African and Caribbean culture. We’ve all had such a great time and we would like to thank our partners for their astounding support in helping us to organise two fantastic community events.”

Black History Month celebrates the contributions and achievements that the Black, African and Caribbean communities have made locally in Cheltenham and around the world. Held throughout October, the aim of the month is to promote knowledge of Black history and experiences and communicate their positive contributions to British society.

Both workshops were organised in partnership with Cheltenham Borough Council and the organisers of Black History Month.


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