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Children get a history lesson at cultural event.

MORE than 500 people joined in with cultural celebrations in Cardiff Bay yesterday as part of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month.

Schoolchildren took part in a range of activities at the Pierhead Building and heard from visiting guest speakers, including Llanelli AM Helen Mary Jones.

Organiser Isaac Blake said the day was all about bringing the three communities together and enabling people to celebrate different cultures.

"It has been a really fun day," he said.

S "The idea for the festival is to have a space for the Gypsy, Romany and Traveller communities to come together by bringing those three strands together. That way they can learn, discover and celebrate their culture."

Children from 20 primary schools in Cardiff took part in a competition to design posters for the event, while the day itself included circus displays, clairvoyants, wagon painting and videos.

Mr Blake, director of the Romani Cultural and Arts company, was delighted with the event, which ran for the first time in 2009.

He said: "It was a great turnout, much more than last year, which was fantastic."

A similar festival in Newport on June 17 attracted around 250 visitors.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 30, 2010
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