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August 30, 2015 @ 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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Weekly on the same day until August 30, 2015
| Free
Mandinga Arts Ltd (Africarnival) - Credit Andrew Lang

Join us for an afternoon of extravagant concerts, dance and carnival performances in the gardens to celebrate the end of our African Summer: the programme will include specially-commissioned carnival parades, live music from across the African continent, pop-up performances, workshops, food and more.


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Carnival activities in the gardens 1.30-4.45pm - Mandinga Arts : Mandinga has been working over an eight week period with a number of community partners and artists to create extraordinary costumes, masks and puppets inspired by the Horniman African collections. Watch their extravagant performers and musicians parading around the gardens or learn of few dance steps to join the procession! 1.30-2 & 3.45-4.15pm: Dance workshops on the Bandstand Terrace 2-2.30 & 4.15-4.45pm: Parades, starting at the museum entrance Concerts on the bandstand 12-1.30pm - Electric Jalaba: Dancefloor-shaking Electric Jalaba is a collaboration between Eclectic groove adventurers Soundspecies and Moroccan Gnawa master Simo Lagnawi. Simo is the leading UK player of the Guembri – a traditional lute-like stringed instrument made from camel skin. With his mesmeric voice and dance moves, join him for an uncontrived fusion of musical influences from jazz to techno, funk, psychedelic rock and Desert blues. 2.15-3.45pm - Afrospot Allstars: Afrospot are all about the joyous sounds of Highlife, the indigenous, authentic dance music of West Africa. Driven by charismatic Kodjovi Kush, the band’s unique style of Agbajazz fuses Agbadja, Kamou, Hilghlife, Jazz and the traditional music and dances from Togo, Ghana and Benin. 4.30-6pm - Yaaba Funk: Yaaba Funk bring Ghana to London and London to Ghana. Huge energy, rock solid syncopation, deep bass, African guitar and tight horn section fronted by the dynamic duo of Richmond Kessie and Helen McDonald, Yaaba Funk have gained a reputation as one of London's hottest and most original live acts. Other performances in the gardens 12-5.15pm: Vocab Dance Company: Dipo is an immersive dance performance by choreographer Alesandra Seutin in collaboration with Guinean flutist Baba Galle. This specially-commissioned 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. In addition to her performance, join Alesandra for a contemporary African dance workshop using the Germaine Acogny technique. 12-12.30 & 4.45-5.15pm: Dance workshops in Gallery Square 1.30-1.50 & 3.45-4.05pm: Dance performances in Sunken Garden 12-6pm - Streatham Women's Sewing Group : The Dress My Mother Wore is a project celebrating the passing of narratives, memories and skills from generation to generation of ethnically diverse women living in London today. Meet us around a giant inflatable dress made of African waxed fabrics and join a craft workshop to make the dress your own mother wore.


Horniman Museum & Gardens
100 London Rd
London, SE23 3PQ United Kingdom
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