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It’s Time for Afrovibes! Tue 21 – Sat 25 Oct @ The Drum

After months of preparation and practice, Afrovibes 2014 has finally arrive in Birmingham! It opened last night at mac Birmingham to and will be on from Mon 20 to Sat 25 Oct.

The Drum will come alive with a sensational selection of South African Theatre, Dance, Music,Spoken Word and Visual Arts from internationally acclaimed actors, directors, performers and musicians. We hope you’ll join us in making this year’s festival even greater than the last, including our fantastic Afrovibes Closing Party on Sat 25 Oct at 10pm following Rhetorical.

Afrovibes Closing Party
Sat 25 Oct, 10pm

The Drum, Frontiers Café Bar
£3 OTD – Free admission with ticket stubs from any Afrovibes events

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 any ticket stub from The Drum’s Afrovibes shows, or any show at mac or Birmingham REP, and you’ll to get free admission! Even better, 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 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 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.

Punk in Africa
Tue 21 Oct, 7pm

Three chords, three countries, one revolution… the story of South Africa’s multiracial punk movement.

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

An evening of conversation and performance from 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 inspirational anti-apartheid campaigner Steve Biko, brought to life through amazing contemporary dance.

Mamela
Fri 24 Oct, 7:30pm

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

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

Rhetorical
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 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.

Skierlik
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

Unagumbe
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.

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

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

Mamela
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

Rhetorical
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.

Skierlik
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.