7th Dec, 2016

African culture on show in Coventry

Coventry Editorial 17th Oct, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

AN EXHIBITION examining the history of African cultural heritage has seen Coventry awash with colour.

The Embracing Africa Project at The Highlife Centre aims to share the rich cultural history of the different African nations with city residents.

The project, made possible thanks to £54,400 worth of National Lottery funding, is the brainchild of Highlife Centre chief executive, Christabell Amoakoh.

Welcoming the grant, Ms Amoakoh said staff had seen an ‘overwhelming interest’ in the project from people in the community – including the Coventry residents who originate from over 24 African countries.

The African Cultural Exhibition is open at The Highlife Centre, on the fifth floor of Coventry Point, Coventry city centre, every Monday to Thursday from 10am til 3pm until February 26, 2016.

She added: “Our mission for this fun-filled project is to educate people in our local community about the African culture and

help create awareness and more understanding of the diverse cultures in Britain and the ways in which we

can all live and work together more effectively.

“This project will help bridge gaps between different communities, encourage integration and get the wider community interested and involved in their own cultural heritage and that of others.

To mark Black History Month, the centre is holding the The Embracing Africa Food and Music Festival today(October 17) in Broadgate, from 11am until 6pm.

More details can be found online at www.embraceafrica.co.uk