While for most people, popping into town for a quick trim is something we take for granted, this is far from the case for Wrexham’s black community - as demonstrated at an eye-opening and thought-provoking film premier at Tŷ Pawb this week.
An audience representing every element of Wrexham’s diverse and multicultural community gathered in the auditorium at Tŷ Pawb on Tuesday 14th September to take part in a film viewing and QA session to celebrate the inaugural screening of a new short film about three creative people working with hair in Wrexham; Anya Paintsil, Rutcher Gomes and Admilda Rocha Da Gloria.
The film, produced for Tŷ Pawb and presented by Wellington Ziwenga and Rebecca Wide, was followed by an engaging discussion about the film and its themes, laying the foundations for a wider project to identify opportunities to engage with the hair-dressing community and encourage a more diverse approach to education and training for Wrexham’s hairdressers.
Guests were also able to enjoy a selection of light refreshments, with a selection of traditional Portuguese foods to savour.
As we approach Black History Month, this event was one of many that will seek to examine the barriers facing the black community in Wrexham and help raise awareness of the unique challenges that they face in areas such as health and beauty, education, enterprise and access to public services.