Archive for February, 2014

Disappearing Tribes Of Omo Valley exhibition

19th February 2014  |  News  |  Comments Off on Disappearing Tribes Of Omo Valley exhibition


A photography exhibition, Disappearing Tribes Of Omo Valley,  capturing the lives of an Ethopian tribe is on display during March at Arts Connect Talbot Road Studio, South Shields.

Padma Rao, artistic director of Arts Connect, said: “We are delighted to present this body of work by award-winning photographer Matthew Page.His photographs are a vivid and powerful record of what may become history very soon, unless things change dramatically. The portraits are striking and the landscapes are impersonal, but they hold a distinct connectivity with the viewer.The Omo Valley is famous for traditional and diverse ethnic tribes, known for their tattoos, body paint, and lip plates.    The tribes have lived there for centuries, but are now facing displacement, forced re-settlement, and loss of their livelihood and cultural heritage, because of the construction of a large hydro-electric dam.”

All the photographs on display are available for sale. The profits from any prints sold and donations made during the exhibition will be donated to the Survival International charity, which helps tribal people defend their lives and protect their lands.

This exhibition is presented in partnership with everything different, a brand development agency, in Newcastle; Kala Sangam in Bradford, and Willows Veterinary Clinic, in South Shields.

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This Saturday – Great Show at Live

7th February 2014  |  News  |  Comments Off on This Saturday – Great Show at Live

Sat Feb 8th @ Studio in Live Theatre, Newcastle £5 – 8pm

Ladies of Midnight Blue, Kennedy and Mosamba, Afsumu Blue + reggae DJ Shadow and Michael Lion.


Journal Culture artist of the year Hannabiell Sanders heads up a tremendous bill of music from around the world featuring artists from African, Asia and beyond. Ladies of Midnight Blue are an Afro-funk explosion featuring African drums and trombone. Artists will also feature from the Crossings project & also Afsumu Blue & Michael Lion, superb acoustic reggae with a roots, reggae, rock vibe

A really classy World music night

Promoted by Jumpin’ Hot Club, Africa Waka Waka and Songs for Sanctuary

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Kusoma – our new African reading club

7th February 2014  |  News  |  Comments Off on Kusoma – our new African reading club

Would you like to join us to discover and enjoy the world of African and Caribbean  literature?

KUSOMA (“Read” in Swahili) is the new Waka Waka African reading club which will meet every fourth Monday at Newcastle City Library Room 8, starting on Monday 24 March 18:00-19:30 (future dates and times to be confirmed by the readers)

Chimamanda  GetImage

The Library will kindly make available the books that we will read and discuss, the first of which will be the novel Americanah by the Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, published in 2013.

“There are some novels that tell a great story and others that make you change the way you look at the world. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah is a book that manages to do both. It is ostensibly a love story – the tale of childhood sweethearts at school in Nigeria whose lives take different paths when they seek their fortunes in America and England – but it is also a brilliant dissection of modern attitudes to race, spanning three continents and touching on issues of identity, loss and loneliness.”  Elizabeth Day, The Observer

Contact (Newcastle Library) to join the new group, which will be coordinated by author and senior lecturer in creative writing Pauline Hughes Plummer

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