Archive for October, 2014

Afrovibes Festival in Newcastle!

24th October 2014  |  News  |  Comments Off on Afrovibes Festival in Newcastle!

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Afrovibes Festival brings some of the very best South African Arts to Newcastle. Afrovibes’ programme, the biggest ever, marks 20 years of South African freedom: 20 years since the ending of apartheid and the beginning of democracy.

Making a welcome return to Live Theatre, this year Afrovibes Festival extends to Northern Stage for the first time.

Work by award-winning artists reflects what it is to be part of 21st century South Africa, which promises to be thought-provoking, energetic, refective, fascinating and wonderful.

Mamela, (Tuesday 4 to Saturday 8 November) a play developed by Live Theatre and Curious Monkey which tells the true stories of remarkable young South African women. Join Director Amy Golding and the cast for a post show discussion about the making of the play after the Tuesday 4 November performance.

Live Theatre will also host The Soil, (8pm, Friday 7 November) an award-winning a cappella group from Soweto.

There will be a free play reading of Elusive Spring, a play written by one of South Africa’s leading playwrights, Mike Van Graan on (2pm, Saturday 8 November). A political thriller in development set in post-colonial South Africa it interweaves the stories of a local journalist who becomes dangerously enmeshed in political intrigue. The reading will be followed by a Q&A session with the cast.

One man show Skierlik (4pm, Saturday 8 November) is written and performed by Phillip Dikotla one of South Africa’s leading playwrights.This emotional play revisits the after effects of racially motivated shootings on a remote settlement.

Audiences will also be able to join Phillip M. Dikotla that morning for a free writing workshop on writing theatre of the oppressed.

Afrovibes events at Northern Stage include Biko’s Quest, (7.30pm, Friday 7 and Saturday 8 November) a spectacular, vibrant and powerful dance piece and Rainbow Scars (6.30pm, Thursday 6 November) in which Mike Van Graan, one of South Africa’s leading playwrights confronts the question of racial identity head on.

Northern Stage also hosts the Township Café, from Thursday 6 to Saturday 8 November, a free South-African themed space to hang out, drink, and eat, open from 11am daily with live performances from 9pm until late. Afrovibes Festival Closing Party features live music and performances from festival acts on Saturday 8 November in the Township Café from 9pm

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Siyaya From Zimbabwe at Cluny 2 on the 20th

19th October 2014  |  News  |  Comments Off on Siyaya From Zimbabwe at Cluny 2 on the 20th

Here at Cluny 2, Newcastle on Monday 20th October!


Fantastic drum-and-dance troupe from Zimbabwe’s second city of Bulawayo don’t limit themselves to the cultural expression of their homeland. While ‘pan-African’ can often be a euphemism for a watered-down offering that tries to be universal and ultimately ends up lacking depth, Siyaya achieve the opposite, imbibing their performances with focus and clarity, using drums and dances from across the continent.


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Enjoy a Taste of Africa! – Stockton, October 16th

15th October 2014  |  News  |  Comments Off on Enjoy a Taste of Africa! – Stockton, October 16th

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Come along to the streets of Stcokton in the afternoon 12pm – 2pm, Stockton High Street
and join in the evening’s entertainment, 6pm – 9pm at THE ARC, Dovecot Street, Stockton-On-Tees TS18 1LL
Entertainment will include
 Traditional performances
 live African music
 African food
 a fashion show
 Final of the Stage Star Competition
 poetry reading
 Dancing
 drumming
 & much more!

Taste of Africa 2014


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Soznak – and more – at Whitby Musicport this weekend

14th October 2014  |  News  |  Comments Off on Soznak – and more – at Whitby Musicport this weekend

Let’s all go to Musicport at Whitby – 2014 festival dates 17-19 October. With MIM SULEIMAN BAND, AMIRA KHEIR, YABBA FUNK, RISE KAGONA AND THE JIT JIVE BAND, SECKOU KEITA (with Catrin Finch), and our own SOZNAK

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