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Black History Celebration in Midlothian

by in Black History Month 2014
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Black History Celebration in Midlothian

A colourful celebration featuring talks, music, African dancing and food will take place at Dalkeith Arts Centre on Wednesday 29 October between 4pm and 7pm.

The evening will also feature a talk from Sir Geoff Palmer, Scotland’s first black professor, freeman of Midlothian, who is due to explore historical links between Scottish history and the history of Black people in the Caribbean.

There will also be live music from Ghana born Benny Tettech-Lartey, a BBC Scotland, award-winning musician from Loanhead.

The audience will have an opportunity to speak directly with both Sir Geoff and Benny to learn what Midlothian means to them.

Provost Joe Wallace is also due to attend, he said: “This is a fantastic project showcasing our diversity and multiculturalism in Midlothian. I’d urge everyone to come along and support us, while we celebrate and commemorate such a wonderful and important cause.” 


The council is working with a number of partners on the celebration, including: ELREC, Health in Mind, Midlothian Peoples Equality Group (MPEG) and the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER).

Mizan Rahman, Equality Engagement Officer at Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council, who is helping to organise the celebration, said:

‘‘The event will portray positive images of a diverse community and takes motivation from the talented people that live in Midlothian. This event will be a great opportunity to promote cohesion and foster inclusion. Lessons from black history will help to create a Midlothian for all.”

This is the first time Midlothian has hosted a Black History Month event and Councillor Brian Pottinger has being instrumental in bringing the celebrations to Dalkeith in his role as diversity champion at the council.

Due to limited spaces booking is essential. Book your free place here: 

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Date: Wednesday 29th October 2014

Time: 4pm to 7pm

Venue: Dalkeith Arts Centre, 2 White Hart St, Dalkeith EH22 1AE

For more info: Tel 0131 271 3705

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