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Bericht  Adelbert op zo 05 jul 2009, 11:42

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Bron: www.civilliberty.org.uk/newsdetail.php?newsid=641

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Morris dancers barred from school
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30th June 2009
Civil Liberty correspondent


Ancient dance tradition - Motley Morris



A troupe of morris dancers have claimed they were barred from performing at a school because they blacken their faces.

Members of the Motley Morris group, who are based in Dartford in Kent, smear black make-up across their faces as part of their traditional costume. They were meant to perform their routine at Chantry Primary School in Gravesend, also in Kent, last week, but were asked not to attend due to fears they could cause offence.

Motley Morris spokesman Simon Ford said: " Our style of morris dancing originates from the Welsh/Shropshire border. Our blackened faces are a form of disguise. Traditionally, they used burnt cork, which came out black, but if it had come out red then we would have had red faces, that's all it is." He continued: "It's part of our English culture which goes back hundreds of years. It's an age-old tradition."

The school asked the men if they would perform without blackened faces, but they refused.

Chantry Primary School headteacher, Hazel King, said: " We organised the event to bring a diverse and fragile community together. To celebrate all cultures we booked a morris troupe having failed to recognise the possible significance for our community of their tradition to perform with blackened faces and for this we sincerely apologise."

She continued: "I apologise to the morris troupe for any inconvenience caused and for people's understanding at what was a difficult but well-intended decision."

However, morris troupe spokesman Simon Ford remained unimpressed and, speaking of the cancelled booking, said: "We weren't too impressed by it. They said it was supposed to be a cultural evening but they hadn't even bothered to find out why it is we have blackened faces. They're obviously afraid of upsetting someone."



Stefaan vdE schreef:Zeer triestig. Doet denken aan de hetze rond Zwarte Piet in Nederland. Men snapt de achtergronden niet langer en denkt dan aan een discriminatoire oorsprong. Heemkundigen zouden dringend de taak op zich moeten nemen om de oorsprong en betekenis van bepaalde van onze volksgebruiken, die voor controverse zouden kunnen zorgen, bekend te maken aan het grote publiek.
Ook scholen zouden hierin een belangrijke rol moeten spelen. Een beter begrip van onze gebruiken, kan de acceptatie en reïntegratie ervan makkelijker maken.

Adelbert

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