Spirit of Africa Festival is the first of its kind in Sheffield.
We will offer a variety of fun-filled workshops and activities suitable for people of all ages and abilities, including those with Special Educational needs. Participants will explore their creative and imaginative potentials through music-making and dance. Activities will include Music-Making Live! learning different traditional African drumming techniques; short poetry writing and composition; freestyling (Rap) to live drumming; creative dance workshops exploring African and Contemporary dance; opportunities for participants to create and choreograph own dance routine.
Workshops will lead to demonstrations or showcase performance. Traditional & Contemporary African Dance. Live drumming, traditional African songs and chants will be used to bring fun and real African communal experience. Participants will be encouraged to create their own dance routine drawing from their own cultural experiences and or background but using traditional African rhythms and sounds. They will leave the workshop feeling energised and inspired. Traditional African Drumming workshop will introduce participants to the joy and fun of group music-making. They will be encouraged to express themselves through music in a relaxed and non-judgemental environment. These will give people the opportunity to gain confidence and self-esteem through participation in various activities including helping to organise the Festival. The aim of the project is to bring people in the community together and encourage a cohesive, tolerant and inclusive communities that value diversity. This will hopefully build more sustainable communities with local pride and a sense of place. The work with young people is aimed at a reduction in youth offending and antisocial behaviour and an increase in the culture of respect and tolerance among young people. We hope that the dance workshops will encourage physical and mental well being, Individual development, social and community development. This is a chance for everyone, regardless of age, background or class to connect with the rich legacy of African culture.
The festival will feature local and international artists all sharing the same stage. Your support will certainly help bring these activities to fruition. Apart from using it as a tool to bring the community together, it is also a medium to:
-Tackle misconceptions about the continent -Assist in developing a balanced African narrative -Provide a platform for African artists in and around the city to showcase their work in Sheffield. African music, art and culture has experienced steady growth over the last few years, and this festival provides a platform for directors and artists from Sheffield, Africa and beyond to bring fresh perspectives on Africa's economic, social, political and cultural life. Additionally, it aims to contribute to the fostering of cultural and artistic exchanges between Sheffield and Africa.