event was held on November 30th at the African Caribbean Family
and Friends centre - Hyson Green to celebrate Black History Season.
Over 200 seven
to eleven-year-olds from the local Inner city Schools attended the
event and were entertained by magicians, musicians and storytellers.
The ' Magical
Storytelling Event' had an African American / African Caribbean
perspective and was led by Bunny Neil.
Bunny has been
practising magic and escapology for over 30 years and is the only
African Caribbean man in the UK to have received a Gold Star from
the Inner magic circle (A higher commendation than Paul Daniels
Bunny was famous
in his hey day for being handcuffed at the wrist and ankle and placed
in a sack which was then placed in to crate, that was then nailed
and lowered in to the sea. Then.... yes you've guessed it , he had
to escape from this watery chamber!
managed to grab the children's complete and undivided attention
through his trickery and storytelling.
As he told
a story about a donkey that needed a good strong rope to tether
him safety he cut a rope in at least three places , and then he
magically joined it all back together again before our very eyes!
glittery snow from a piece of black tissue paper, and joined sliver
hoops together just by rubbing them! The children loved it, and
so did the teachers!
taught the children an African song about Harvest and Panaya Banjoko
told some very funny stories including a rhyme about Grandads Walking
stick that had the children listening and laughing.
and Jabbai rounded off the day with more stories and real African
Affairs researcher Helen Cockle organised the event and was delighted
with the positive response that she received from all the teachers
and children that attended.