EFDSS endorses and promotes:
On the practice of painting faces with black paint, burnt cork or boot polish
We want to engage all people, of all backgrounds, in the folk arts. Therefore we do not condone the practice of ‘blackface’. For more details read our Winter 2016 EDS article: ‘Facing up to a dancing debate’.
In a letter to us dated 21 November 2019, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport wrote ‘we believe that those participating should take into consideration the potential for this practice to cause offence’ (Ministerial Support Team, ref. TO2019/11979/FBM).