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25 Oct, 2014

Afrovibes Closing Party

Tickets : £3.00

Join us at the Afrovibes Closing Party as we bid farewell to our South African guests and celebrate the end of the Festival. The Drum's Frontiers Township Café will become the ultimate African music hot spot as DJ Fenta Zulu and MC Appollon from the legendary Club Afrique are joined by Newstyle Radio's DJ Wali and DJ Fresh. Expect an amazing night of dance and music as we rock the Township Café with great classics and the latest hits from soukous, makosa, Afrobeat, reggae, hip hop and many more.

Also taking the stage for live performances will be a cappella trio The Soil presenting their stunning mix of township jazz, hip-hop, Afro-Pop and Afro-Soul, plus special musical vibes from the cast of Mamela, all hosted by Lit Fuse poets Amerah Saleh, Sipho Eric Dube and Nafeesa Hamid.

Tickets for the Closing Party are £3, but take your ticket stub from any of The Drum's Afrovibes shows, or any show at mac or Birmingham REP, and you'll to get free admission! The same ticket will also get you £1 off any Afrovibes shows at mac or Birmingham REP - and vice versa!

Here's what you can look forward to across the week, so come down and join the celebrations!

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

An unprecedented photographic exhibition charting the final days of South Africa's apartheid era, captured by documentary photographer Dr Vanley Burke.

Mandela 27
Until 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.

Biko's Quest
Thu 23 Oct, 7:30pm
Tickets: £10 (£8)

The legacy of inspirational anti-apartheid campaigner Steve Biko, brought to life through amazing contemporary dance.

Fri 24 Oct, 7:30pm
Tickets: £8 (£6)

Hear the voices, hopes and dreams of the remarkable young women of South Africa's '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
Tickets: £12 (£10)

Enjoy a joyful mix of South African Township Jazz inspired by South African saxophonist Dudu Pukwana. Concession prices apply for anyone who has been to see Mamela

Sat 25 Oct, 7:30pm
Tickets: £12 (£10)

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

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.

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. Skierlik explores tragic effects on those left behind.

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.

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.

Afrovibes at Birmingham REP

Fri 24 Oct, 7pm
Tickets: £5 (£3)

Making its UK premiere, this compelling short film reworks Noyes' Fludde by Benjamin Britten, relocating the story of Noah's Ark to present-day South Africa, and re-imagining Noah as a woman who must hold her family together.

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.

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