November 6 2012

GeminiSUSSED Launch

Gemini Sussed Poster

We would like to invite you to the launch of GeminiSussed
 on Friday 9th November at 8pm to 10.30pm at Sussed 4/5 James Street, Porthcawl. This will be an evening celebration of our cultural links between Wales and Ethiopia through 
music, singing and dance.

This exciting Wales/Ethiopia cultural evening that will include an Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony, Ethiopian food, injeera and wat. Wrap up warm because a dance performance will take place in the bandstand, by Addisu Demissie, who is part of the world famous contemporary Ethiopian Dance Company Adugna, and also part of the Gemini Trust. Addisu will be performing a duet with local Welsh dancer/ choreographer Jessie Brett. There will also be songs from Betws Community Choir and Canton Singers and a musical performance on a Ukelele decorated by Gem Art.

In July 2012, Valley and Vale Community Arts were awarded a grant from Wales/Africa Community Links to develop this Ethical Trade and Education project with our long-term partners in Ethiopia, The Gemini Trust. Valley and Vale have linked with SUSSED, the Fair Trade shop in Porthcawl, to pioneer this new initiative. At the SUSSED shop, we will be selling work by Gem Art a group of 8 talented young artists who are a self-financing part of the Ethiopian Gemini Trust, an indigenous NGO set up to support families with twins in Ethiopia. Gem Art produce original designs on traditional and modern Ethiopian themes. They handcraft a range of artwork including exquisite painted wooden pillars, decorative mirrors, tree decorations, bells and greeting cards.

This launch celebrates the start of this new pioneering International Development project.