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Latest News Afrovibes 2014 is Nearly Here! Mon 20 – Sat 26 Oct @ The Drum & mac Birmingham


Afrovibes 2014 is Nearly Here! Mon 20 – Sat 26 Oct @ The Drum & mac Birmingham

October 7th, 2014 12:41 pm

There’s not long to go now until this year’s incredible South African arts festival Afrovibes comes to the UK and here at The Drum we can’t wait! We’ve been working closely with our good friends at mac Birmingham to bring you some of the very best events and we hope you’ll join us in making this year’s festival even greater than the last.

To give you a sneak peak of what’s in store, click the video below, and prepare to be amazed…

Here’s what you can look forward to across the week, so make sure you keep these dates in your diary!

Freedom or Death: Photographic Exhibition – Dr Vanley Burke
On until Fri 7 Nov

An unprecedented photographic exhibition charting the final days of the apartheid era in South Africa as experienced by its’ people, captured by preeminent documentary photographer Dr Vanley Burke.

Mandela 27
Mon 13 – Sat 25 Oct
The Drum Café

Step into a recreation of Nelson Mandela’s Robben Island prison cell and learn the history of his and South Africa’s fight for freedom.

Punk in Africa
Tue 21 Oct, 7pm

Three chords, three countries, one revolution… Punk in Africa is the story of the multiracial punk movement within South Africa, and the inspirational rebellious spirit of the genre.

An Evening with Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze MBE and Tracie Morris
Wed 22 Oct, 7:30pm

An evening of conversation and performance from two leading international figures, the acclaimed Jamaican poet and dub artist Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze MBE and the acclaimed US poet and voice artist Tracie Morris.

Biko’s Quest
Thu 23 Oct, 7:30pm

The legacy of the inspirational anti-apartheid campaigner inspire this powerful production, taking the audience on a poignant and emotional journey through danced storytelling. “It is better to die for an idea that will live, than to live for an idea that will die” – Steve Biko

Fri 24 Oct, 7:30pm

Mamela (‘to Listen’) follows a group of remarkable young women from the Eastern Cape of South Africa, capturing the opinions, experiences and aspirations of the ’born-free‘ generation in a fusion of European and African theatre. Book your tickets, and get a special concessionary price on tickets for Township Comets.

Township Comets
Fri 24 Oct, 9pm

Enjoy a joyful mix of South African Township Jazz inspired by South African saxophonist Dudu Pukwana. With infections rhythms and an anarchic style, you won’t be able to sit still! Concession prices apply for anyone who has been to see Mamela

Sat 25 Oct, 7:30pm

Thabo Mbeki succeeded Nelson Mandela as President of South Africa in 1999, and the highs, and lows, of his political struggles are explored in Rhetorical through the eyes of those he influenced most.

Township Café
Every day during the festival 

Relax in our specially created Township Café and enjoy unique art, drama, music and spoken word events happening throughout the day during the festival.

Afrovibes at mac birmingham

The Soil
Mon 20 Oct, 8pm

Soweto’s award-winning, platinum-selling beatbox a cappella group combine an eclectic mix of township jazz, Hip-Hop and Afro-pop. The Sid Peacock Youth Ensemble (mac Associate Artist funded by Arts Council England) will also perform as part of the opening night event.

Tue 21 Oct, 8pm

In January 2008, in Skierlik, west of Pretoria, seventeen year-old Johan Nel went on a racially motivated shooting spree killing four people and wounding eight. The massacre had tragic effects on those left behind. Skierlik, a solo show written and performed by award-winning playwright Phillip M Dikotla, is the story of one man returning to the scene of the carnage.

Rainbow Scars
Wed 22 & Thu 23 Oct, 8pm
Written by Mike Van Graan, Rainbow Scars follows Lindiwe, a black teenager adopted by white parents, confronting her racial identity in the new Rainbow Nation, the term coined by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to describe post-apartheid South Africa.

Double Bill: Mana and Dark Cell
Fri 24 Oct, 8pm
Double Bill: Uncles & Angels and Dark Cell
Sat 25 Oct, 8pm

In Mana, South African choreographer Vincent Mantsoe evokes the spirit of African dance and Shaman traditions. The award-winning Dark Cell draws inspiration from prisoners of Robben Island, using a prison cell as metaphor for mental imprisonment. Uncles & Angels uses breath-taking interactive dance and video to explore South Africa’s traditional Reed Dance.

Visit Afrovibes UK to view the full nationwide season of events. Find out more on facebook at Afrovibes as well as Twitter @AfrovibesUK with #afrovibes too.