Embracing Africa Project

Embracing Africa Project

Embracing Africa festival
Taking part in the Embracing Africa Festival

Heritage Grants

Coventry, West Midlands
Coventry
The Highlife Centre Ltd
£54400
This 12-month project collected objects and historical information that are important to people and the history of their country, ranging from objects on childbirth to marriage.

[quote=Christabell Amoakoh, Chief Executive, Highlife Centre]"[The] Embracing Africa Project has enabled us to tell a story about Africa and to break barriers with the wider community."[/quote]

Participants have learnt how to record oral histories, supplementing research with migration stories of local people from countries including Togo, Senegal and Mali.

A five month exhibition, website and festival have educated and inspired over 2000 people and 200 volunteers.

Over 400 artefacts have been collected so far, filling gaps in local archives and helping British born Africans connect with their families’ heritage.

The project is creating a lasting legacy through encouraging more people to take an active part in exploring and celebrating their own heritage.

The Highlife Centre is a registered charity addressing unemployment, disadvantage and inequality in Coventry.