SUSSED celebrates its partnership with Valley and Vale Community Arts and Gem Art. Dazzling James Street on November 9th, 7:30pm, at SUSSED, Porthcawl, £3 entry.

Be entertained by an award-winning Ethiopian & Welsh dance collaboration, listen to traditional Ethiopian music, and taste authentic Ethiopian delights at the launch of Gemini-SUSSED.

The evening will feature world-renowned dancers, Junaid Jemal Sendi and Addisu Demissie, demonstrating their unique mix of contemporary dance with traditional Ethiopian influences.

Junaid and Addisu have been dancing together in Addis Ababa since they were 12 years old, where they were spotted by the charity, Dance United, and have since gone on to achieve greatness across Europe. They now work with the Adugna Community Dance Theatre Company in Addis Ababa; changing the lives of disadvantaged young people through dance.

Junaid will be performing at the event with Welsh dancer/choreographer Jessie Brett.

There’ll also be the opportunity to participate in a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony, and sample Ethiopian cuisine.

On behalf of the directors of SUSSED, Margaret Minhinnick, said,” All of this is to celebrate the new partnership between Porthcawl community cooperative, SUSSED, and the Ethiopian NGO, Gem Art. Gem Art is part of the Gemini Foundation, which was set up 25 years ago in the slums of Addis Ababa to help the families of twins. Specifically, Gem Art works by helping young people realise their potential through artistic endeavor; be it dance, arts or crafts. Addisu and Junaid both received a boost from Gem Art as children”.

SUSSED is hoping to become the first outlet in Wales to stock Gem Art goods, as part of their on-going efforts to encourage development through fair trading practices with the third-world.

This is a truly exceptional event, and an opportunity for Porthcawl to prove its self the perfect venue for such cultural exchanges

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