The Jamaican communities of Birmingham and West Midlands will unite this month to celebrate their Jamaican heritage and culture, with an evening of festivities.
The event, ‘Young, Jamaican and Proud,’ coincides with the 50th year anniversary of Jamaican independence. The event, which takes place on Thursday June 28, will bring the Jamaican communities together for a cultural celebration of food, dance and music.
Also on the night will be a debate that will explore the concept of being young, Jamaican and proud in Birmingham. On the panel will sit various local entrepreneurs, student activists and performers.
Panellist and organiser, Daniella Genas, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the Jamaican community of Birmingham to celebrate their heritage.
“The debate, which is being panelled by some very articulate participants, will hopefully help the Jamaican community interact and take pride in their culture.”
Daniella Genas is the director of Aspire4U – a community interest company based in Birmingham. Aspire4U received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2010 to preserve the richness of Jamaican culture in Birmingham, by recording accounts of first generation immigrants, shooting a documentary and running various cookery workshops in Digbeth.
The event and cultural research is part of the Nyam Project, which explores the impact of Jamaican migration to Birmingham.
Hosted by Smash, the event will take place at the Paragon Hotel on Alcester Street, Birmingham.
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