A night of performances celebrating contemporary artists from all around Africa and the African Diaspora. Listen to atmospheric live music, see beautiful contemporary dance performances in the gardens, watch films and documentaries by young African filmmakers, listen to colourful stories in the galleries and discover street performances, tours, food and more.
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August 6, 2015 @ 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM| £5
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- Music by Diabel Cissokho: 6.30-7, 7.30-8 & 8.30-9pm: Renowned Senegalese griot Diabel Cissokho draws upon his rich musical heritage to blend beautiful Mandikan melodies, soul, and blues with an upbeat West African groove. With a reputation internationally as a versatile musician able to effortlessly cross cultures, Diabel’s music expresses his thoughts and experiences on life, family, and the hardships and afflictions suffered across the world. Dance by Vocab Dance Company: 6.45-7.05, 8-8.20 & 8:45-9.15pm: Dipo is an immersive dance performance by choreographer Alesandra Seutin in collaboration with Guinean flutist Baba Galle. The piece explores a traditional Ghanaian ceremony from the Krobo ethnic group and creates a physical and visual response of this event celebrating young girls becoming women. After her performance, join Alesandra for a contemporary African dance workshop. Music and dance by ACD Arts: 6.45-7.15, 7.45-8.15 & 8.45-9.15pm: ACD Arts are a unique world music and dance group. Their music, energetic dancing and colourful costumes will get both young and old dancing and clapping to a fusion of African rhythms, Soca, Khalimba, Lingala, Soukous, Zomba and drumming. Dance by N’da Dance Company: 7.15-7.35 & 8.30-8.50pm: Originally from Ugie, South Africa, with dancers Mbulelo Ndabeni and Estela Merlos, this beautiful dance piece explores the identity and the need to fit in within society; with attachment and detachment shaping the journey of the dance. Storytelling by Usifu Jalloh: 7-7.20, 8-8.20 & 9-9.20pm: Join Usifu Jallow, The Cowfoot Prince, and listen to The Man who Chew, a vibrant, colourful and engaging story from Kamakwie Sierra Leone about the human journey and the thirst for a better life. Talk by Robert Storrie: 7.30-7.45pm & 8.30-8.45pm: Join Robert Storrie, our Keeper of Anthropology, and learn more about the mysterious Nkisi statues in our African Worlds Gallery. Used throughout the Congo Basin, these powerful objects are believed to be inhabited by spirits that bind people to agreements. African Shorts: 6.30-9.20pm: Watch a selection of contemporary short films and documentaries from Africa and the Diaspora, curated by Suzy Gillet. Library Open Night: 6:30 – 9:20pm: The Horniman Library will be specially open during the night and showcase a selection of African books. Food & drink: You can also try African street food on the Conservatory terrace, enjoy a special menu in the Horniman Café, or visit one of our cocktails bars. Shop: Late ticket holders will get a 10% discount in the shop on the night.