A new project has been set up to celebrate people’s heritage and identity in Blaenau Gwent.
The team behind BG REACH (Blaenau Gwent Residents Engaging in Arts, Community and Heritage) want to hear from residents to reflect on the history and culture of the area.
The project will be made up of a series of workshops led by tutors from The Open University in Wales. They will support people to tell stories about their community and bring them to life through creative writing, art, music and storytelling
Two launch events have been organised for residents to find out more. These take place at Aberbeeg Community Centre on:
Blaenau Gwent is full of rich history and heritage. It is the birthplace of the NHS, a focal point of our industrial past, and of course has some striking countryside.
The BG REACH team want to dig deeper into what makes Blaenau Gwent so special, and we need residents to help us. Who are the characters they remember from their childhood? How have their towns and villages changed over the years? What does it mean and feel to come from here?
The OU tutors will support you with everything you need. You don’t need any creative skills – just a story to tell or some memories to share.Lynnette Thomas, Deputy Director, The Open University in Wales
At the end of an BG REACH, the team will organise a touring exhibition of participants’ work, which will also be available online.
The project is a partnership between The Open University in Wales, Linc Housing Association and Aberbeeg Community Group.
'We have a wonderful opportunity to work together and explore how heritage affects the identity of people living in Blaenau Gwent.' said Karen Jeffreys, Linc Community Engagement Manager. 'Some very active and enthusiastic residents are leading this project and are looking forward to engaging with everybody who would like to take part. The final exhibition will celebrate Blaenau Gwent as a special place to live.'
'We are so excited and can’t wait for all the workshops to start.' added Pat Tovey from Aberbeeg Community Group. 'We held a very successful launch and were delighted to be supported at our first event by Neville Southhall MBE, former Wales and Everton goalkeeper.'
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