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THE Changing Perspectives project is a world-first and it will also be the first time an archive on the heritage of African and Caribbean families living in the region has been launched.

The project will see African people aged from eight to 80 take part in a number of arts and cultural activities to create a cultural and multimedia archive of their experiences of living in the North East as well as their reflections on African slavery and other forms of modern slavery.

The project will also collect oral testimonies from families on their experiences and their lives in the region and includes creative writing, photography workshops, digital storytelling, art, dance and drama.

It was conceived by Newcastle University PhD student Peter Oluwakayode Adegbie and is run in collaboration with the North East England African Community Association.

The year-long project will focus on 25 families living in the region and aims to bring together communities and develop awareness and understanding in order to combat prejudices. The project hopes to turn out a number of end products including a book, interactive website, an exhibition and a series of documentary films.

The project is supported by Heritage Lottery fund, Connecting Communities Plus, Culture Lab, New Writing North, ACENE, MLANE, Durham University Archives and Special Collections, Newcastle University, Janette Hilton Living History North East, NECDAF, Tyne and Wear Museums and the Oral History Society.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 6, 2008
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