Colourful close to Black History Month at Queen’s Park’s Beethoven Centre

Youngsters learned some new dance moves and created artwork from African flags last week to help bring Black History Month celebrations to a close.

More than 500 people attended a series of workshops for adults and children held at The Beethoven Centre in Queen’s Park last week.

Last Wednesday, children learned Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art based on music developed by the descendants of African slaves, and made a collage with 52 flags of African states.

The week also saw a performance from local X-Factor star Leah Lauder, who competed in the television show as part of girl group Hope in 2007.

Organiser and centre manager Bassam Masood said: “It was a fantastic five days full of fun, culture and history.

“So much history has come from black culture; we’re always talking about European history, but we often forget about Africa, which is really the history of everyone.”