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Event: Wales and the Khasi-Jaintia Hills, north east India: Cultural Dialogues

St Fagans National Museum of History
12 October 2019, 10am - 4pm
Cost Free
Suitability All

A one day event exploring the cultural links between Wales and the Khasi-Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya, north east India. Sessions based on research conducted by Welsh and Khasi collaborators, funded by The Leverhulme Trust.

  • Learn about the presence of the Welsh in north east India and the influence of the Welsh Methodist Mission and Khasi culture on each other.
  • Take part in some family friendly activities on Khasi folk tales and drama.
  • Drop in to various sessions on the Welsh-Khasi exchange and see some of the objects from the missionary collection.
  • See Khasi and Welsh musicians and actors perform throughout the day.

Advance booking is available via Eventbrite for some activities – any remaining spaces will be available on the day on a first come first served basis.


10.00-11.15: Lecture Theatre, Weston Centre for Learning (map ref: 2)

Introducing Wales and the Khasi-Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya – Professor Lisa Lewis, University of South Wales (USW); Professor Desmond Kharmawphlang, North-eastern Hill University (NEHU); Dr Helen Davies (USW); Gareth Bonello (USW); Benedict Hynñiewta (NEHU); Lapdiang Syiem (Khasi performer); Rhys ap Trefor (Welsh performer); film by Dr Aparna Sharma, University of California Los Angeles. Session will include discussion of objects from the Missionary Collection, through kind permission of the Historical Society of the Presbyterian Church of Wales.

Advance booking recommended

11.30-12.00: Atrium (map ref: 1)

Live acoustic set, Welsh and Khasi music, with Gareth Bonello and Benedict Hynñiewta


12.15-12.45: Studio 1 , Weston Centre for Learning (map ref: 2)

Drama Workshop for children 4-11 yrs old

Bilingual Welsh/English workshop

Advance booking required


1.15-1.45: Cockpit (map ref: 20)

Storytelling session on Khasi mythology: The Story of the Cockerel with Desmond Kharmawphlang


2.15-2.45: Lecture Theatre, Weston Centre for Learning (map ref: 2)

Remembering the Khasi-Jaintia Hills. In conversation with children of Welsh missionaries.

Bilingual/simultaneous translation available.


3.00-4.00: Studio 3, Weston Centre for Learning (map ref: 2)

Performance by members of the Khasi-Cymru Collective: ‘Performing Journeys’, based on Khasi mythology and letters home from Welsh missionaries. Multi-lingual performance in English, Khasi and Welsh. Followed by post-show discussion.

Advance booking recommended

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