Firstsite hosts Colchester Multi-Ethnic Forum's Festival of Rice and Spice for the first year and we are thrilled to be invited to share stories and percussion with you there. It's sure to be a fantastic event, with all the local communities taking part. Come and join us to celebrate Colchester's diverse communities through food, music and dance! Aromas and flavours from around the world to tickle the palate, plus scrumptious street food and fun for everyone; Delicious Food Demos, Exciting Live Music and Dance Workshops, Creative and Informative Community Stalls, plus lots of Children's Activities... and of course, the Colchester StorySeekers Performance, sure to inspire and delight, please join us for our final show in a beautiful venue and invite all your friends!
StorySeekers Workshops and storytelling performances at 12.30pm and 2pm in Christchurch Mansions at the marvellous Global Rhythms Festival in Ipswich. We are so thrilled to be attending this event which was co-founded by our good friends and encouragers Peppery Productions. What's more this is the very first year Ipswich Borough Council Events Team have embarked on a participatory workshop programme for the festival so we are really happy that StorySeeekers is part of a full day's intercultural interaction activity alongside Singing Safari and a high-energy high-glamour high-glitz Rio Carnival Dance workshop by Arts La'Olam's lovely friend Isatu Randle at 3.30pm.... For more details on the whole fantastic event please visit http://www.ipswichentertains.co.uk/globalrhythm/ It's also completely free, lots of good fun, and appropriate for all ages .... horaaay!!!
Somewhere to the left and on the North Lawn of FirstSite, in one of their green gardens will be The Tent of World Dreams, a magical place of imagination, rhythms and beats, words and tales, where fantasy meets reality and journeys to distant lands can be embarked without tickets, there's no charge for living life to the full and experiencing the planet in totality, you'll need no ticket or fuel, there's no cost to the air quality, this journey is free and the only price you pay is your own willingness to enjoy life! We will be in there.... hope to see you too... More details of the Big Sunday event can be found here and their fantasticomendous page is here
Storyseekers Extravaganza! Please join us for a fantastic show of stories and percussion, brought to you by Griot Chinyere and Abass Dodoo, prepare to be enchanted and taken on a journey where dreams meet reality and the warmth of human interaction and collective human experience touches the very heart of you. Tickets £5 for grownups. Under 18's are free. Tickets available from The New Wolsey Theatre telephone 01473 295900 or the theatre website: https://www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/shows/storyseekers/
Ipswich StorySeekers show you their wares of dreams and adventures taken during the past five weeks of workshops with Griot and Abass! Griot Chinyere will be telling a story or two with Special Mystery Guest West African Master Drummer alongside her new Super Warrior Storytellers! Come and enjoy the StorySeekers performances within a fantabulous completely free family appropriate for all ages programme including intercultural dance, craft, music and stories from local and global artists expertly put together by Suffolk Libraries for their 9th Annual Multicultural Day..... for more details click here
The Storyseekers Griot Chinyere and Abass Dodoo bring their wares and treasures for your delight and discoveries....on top of Broom Hill if the weather is fine, and in the library if it's not. We will have teas and coffees in the library afterwards too. Please join us for a fun-filled and exciting show. No tickets, no charge, everybody welcome.
The Storyseekers are coming to Colchester for their first workshop at Firstsite. The weekly workshops will run for six weeks and are a completely free arts activity for everyone; people of all ages and all abilities are welcome, we can provide interpreters for people with limited English and transport for people with limited mobility.... Come and discover and enjoy the ancient arts of storytelling and percussion with two leading and incredibly inspiring artists Griot Chinyere and Abass Dodoo. More information about them on our news page. We hope to see you!
The first of a weekly workshop in storytelling and percussion led by the amazing Griot Chinyere and the incredible Abass Dodoo. The workshops will run for six weeks at the Smokehouse, off Norwich Road on South Street. Everybody is welcome. The workshops are completely free of charge thanks to support from Arts Council England and Ipswich Borough Council. We can provide interpreters for people with limited English, and travel for those with limited mobility. All ages and abilities welcome.
Last concert celebrating their recently released album: ’Dendende', Shona for Ground Bee. Anna Mudeka will be playing with her six-piece band, letting loose uplifting Zimbabwean Mbira energy in Glemsford at a family-friendly concert.
Tickets and info : http://www.creativeartseast.co.uk/whats-on/
Three day workshop for 5-17 year olds in three leading arts venues in Colchester.
An introduction to African and Chinese musical fusion led by super musicians Sefo Kanuteh, Ling Peng, Josh Doughty and Hilary Cornell, accompanied by swirling ribbons and harp string melodies, drumming and strumming with dance and African and Chinese instruments to try. Please bring a packed lunch.
This course is Trinity College Arts Award accredited, participants will have the opportunity to earn their Discover or Explore Arts Award. Arts Awards can contribute towards UCAS points for university entrance.
With sales now topping one and a half million albums and two Grammy nominations to date, Afro Celt Sound System celebrate their 20th anniversary with a stunning new album, ‘The Source’ (29th April / ECC Records) and a UK tour bringing their exhilarating live show to venues around the country.
‘a delirious mix of primal intensity, spiritual beauty and explosive rhythms.....a colossus of an album.” fRoots Magazine
This European and African based collective have been a ground-breaking force in music ever since they started, along the way finding kindred spirits across international talent and forging a reputation for exhilarating shows. The new album’s characteristic energy has already translated brilliantly to Afro Celt Sound System’s latest live sets, which kicked off 2016 in style with sell-out shows at Glasgow and London.
Afro Celt Sound System LIVE features the core band members Simon Emmerson, Guinean vocalist, kora and balafon virtuoso N’Faly Kouyate and charismatic dhol master Johnny Kalsi, along with percussionist Robbie Harris and fiddle-player Eòghann MacEanruig, Ged Lynch on drums, Simon 'Palmskin' Richmond on keyboards and electronica and Val Etienne on backing vocals, with the gritty, witty rhymes of Gaelic rapper, musician and language activist Griogair.
On some shows, the band will be joined by the hauntingly soulful Armagh-born vocalist and flautist Rioghnach Connolly and the devotional harmonies of the Guinean female quintet Les Griottes.
New album THE SOURCE out Friday 29 April.
All tickets £22.50.
Doors open 7.30pm.
Anna Mudeka; Dancer, Singer, Drummer and Mbira (thumb piano) Player leads a family friendly drumming workshop. Anna will teach traditional Shona and Xhosa rhythms and songs from Zimbabwe. Come along for an uplifting and fun experience with the most established and engaging African musician in our region.
Workshops will be at 12 noon, 2pm and 3.30pm, suitable for all ages.
Tickets and info from http://www.creativeartseast.co.uk/whats-on/
Celebrating their recently released album: ’Dendende', Shona for Ground Bee. Anna Mudeka will be playing with her six-piece band, letting loose uplifting Zimbabwean Mbira energy in St Peter's Centre, Peterchurch. Tickets available £10/£5 children, from the Arts Alive website, Info: 01981 550372
Celebrating their recently released album: ’Dendende', Shona for Ground Bee. Anna Mudeka will be playing with her six-piece band, letting loose uplifting Zimbabwean Mbira energy in London Town, celebrating 50 years of The Africa Centre. Check the promotors website for this event and other fabulous Afrocentric happenings in London.
Celebrating their recently released album: ’Dendende', Shona for Ground Bee. Anna Mudeka will be playing with her six-piece band, letting loose uplifting Zimbabwean Mbira energy in Freckenham Church. Tickets £12 adult and $3 under 16's available from www.ouroldshop.com or 01638 720048
WORLD MUSIC WEEKENDER (DAY 2)
ROOM 2 MOVE
An introduction to African and Chinese musical fusion with Sefo Kanuteh and Ling Peng, Josh Doughty and Hilary Cornell... swirling ribbons and harp string melodies, drumming and strumming with optional dance and a hundred Chinese instruments to try.
Suitable for all ages over 5 and above.
Limited capacity. Please bring a packed lunch.
All Tickets £4. http://www.colchesterartscentre.com/events/kids/kids-summer-arts-festival-room-2-move-/
WORLD MUSIC WEEKENDER (DAY 1)
RHYTHM AND TASTE! BHANGRA MASALA BY INDI SANDHU - BHANGRA CHEF
Over the years Indi has combined Bhangra and Bollywood dance with cooking a unique combination of rhythm and taste. So while dancing he prepares traditional North Indian Punjabi dishes. All the recipes are traditional and have been handed down from generation to generation.
Tickets £7 adults / £5 children & concessions
Shanti-chi are hosting their annual Nne Agwu African storytelling festival in the wonderful Epping Forest. In its fifth year and growing in size and diversity, we bring you some of the countries finest storytellers. A fantastic weekend for all the family. Enjoy the arts and crafts market, healers and delicious fresh foods.
There will be yoga at dawn and a communal fire under the stars at night. With walks through the forest and storytelling performances, workshops and discussions, this is the perfect retreat to relax amongst nature and reinvigorate oneself.
As well as weekend passes there are day tickets and help on hand to assist you to set up.
Not to worry if you do not have a tent, we have them available to hire already set up!
Ahh a touch of luxury... and hot showers
2pm From FRIDAY 29th JULY - 6pm MONDAY 1st AUGUST 2016.
Come and Experience Storytelling at its finest!!!
A wonderful space where people of all ages and nationalities can come and share experiences through music, theatre, food and crafts.
Over the weekend Burton Manor Barns will be filled with colours, sounds, laughter and love as we welcome back those who continue to support us and if this is your first time we hope to make it a first amazing experience.
Arts La'Olam and Southburgh Festival present Local Global Community Singing Workshops, we want to sing with the neighbours ! In three village halls local to Southburgh Festival site we will bring Namvula Rennie and Samia Malik to lead three inspiring voice and song workshops, drawing on the music of Pakistan and Zambia. Both Namvula and Samia have many years of experience in delivering creative singing workshops for all ages and all abilities, we are really looking forward to working with them and meeting the local people who we hope will also join us at the festival over the weekend.
Wednesday 27th July, Garveston Village Hall: Samia Malik (Pakistan/UK)
Thursday 28th July, Shipdham WI Hall : Namvula Rennie (Zambia/UK)
Friday 29th July, Cranworth Jubilee Hall: Samia & Namvula
All sessions 2-5pm; Adult tickets £5, available on the door or in advance - available soon at wegottickets.com/localglobal. Under 18's free entry
Saturday 30th July: POP-UP CHOIRS AT SOUTHBURGH FESTIVAL !!
Reduced price festival day tickets for participants.....
All ages, all abilities welcomed.
Information 07990 802 776
Amazing Triple Concert Choice AFRICANESS 2016... Music from three African countries, highly recommended and not to be missed! Joyful Noise are curators and producers of the London African Music Festival since 2003, true experts in music from the continent Biyi and Barbara have worked with an incredible number of brilliant artists. Tickets available from Colchester Arts Centre 01206 500 900. Have a lot of fun and don't forget to wear your dancing shoes!
"The Anna Mudeka Band is a six piece band playing a fusion of music driven from the mbira music of Zimbabwe. Their sound is simply known as sunshine music. Anna Mudeka uploaded her track ‘Side of the Angels’ to BBC Introducing in Norfolk and was then invited in for an interview. Driven by her motto “If you have a pulse, you have the ability to feel a beat and respond to music be it dance, singing or drumming.” Please welcome to the Introducing stage Anna Mudeka!!
We'll be at BBC introducing Stage at 5.30pm after a solo slot at the WaterAid Stage at 12 noon.