Blaenavon Carnival


During late June 2009, Academi joined with South Wales Intercultural Community Arts (SWICA) to help celebrate its twentieth Anniversary in true carnival style.

Author, Anita Flowers worked with 20 individuals from the Blaenavon Community as they created their colourful, carnival constructions to celebrate the culture and history of Blaenavon’s industrial heritage.

After talking to the group about their memories of Blaenavon and listening to the steel drum backing music, the group composed the short call and response piece below, which was sung as the procession paraded through Blaenavon town on Saturday 27 June 2009.

Men of Blaenavon
Dig, digging hard, hard ‘n’ long

Sing, sing, sing, sing
Your cariad a sweet, sweet song

Anita Flowers

Blaenavon Carnival