Across Africa, the lives of young people and adults is not separated to the extent it is in the West and so in keeping with this, we developed a project where people of African heritage would come together to with people interested in discovering more about different African cultures and explore these through the performing arts. Families are welcome to take part whether in the performance itself or as part of the other aspects of performance, lighting, set design, costume, props, etc.
We aim to work with different individuals who are skilled in a particular area of African culture – oral tradition, shona batik art, adinkra symbols from Ghana, dance from across the continent including gumboot, Tanzanian war dance, percussion from across the continent including the balafon, ndingidi and others, historic events, experts on positive African role models e.g. Nelson Mandela, Queen Nzinga of Angola, etc.
We hope that this will continue well into the future introducing individuals to the power of the performing arts, increasing self confidence and expression and learning more about the African continent.