We Face Forward: A West African Festival

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For the London 2012 Festival Manchester has been celebrating all things West African with exhibitions, events, concerts, artists installations and a travelling art bus all part of the We Face Forward season.

To mark the end of We Face Forward Piccadilly Gardens will host a West African festival to give everyone one last chance to join in.

We Face Forward: A West African Festival will feature a main music stage with host DJ Mayeva and headline act Jali Nyonkoling Kuyateh, drumming, dance, Djembe and Dun Dun workshops as well as West African inspired art and craft activities and food.

Where and when

The event is on Saturday 15 September and runs from 1-6pm. The festival will be completely free to attend.
 

Image of Jali Nyonkoling Kuyateh courtesy of Premasagar Rose

Jali Nyonkoling Kuyateh, courtesy of Premasagar Rose

African market

At Manchester Art Gallery.

Saturday 11 August 2012

10.00am - 5.00pm

FREE

The gallery will be transformed into a bustling African market selling everything from food to photos.

Local traders specialising in African goods will take over the gallery atrium and transform it into a busy market place. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells as you browse stalls selling food, fashion, fabrics, spices, perfumes, candles, crafts and bric-a-brac. You can even have a photographic portrait taken as a souvenir.

Part of We Face Forward.

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We Face Forward: Bite Sized

At Whitworth Art Gallery.

1-1.30pm
Tuesdays at Manchester Art Gallery
Thursdays at Gallery of Costume
Fridays at Whitworth Art Gallery

Join in with a chat about works on display in We Face Forward with one of our friendly volunteers. It's one thing to look at art alone but totally different to look at art with other visitors. You will have the chance to share your own thoughts and ideas, listen to what other people have to say and really get to know these exciting contemporary art works.

Until 14 September 2012.
Free, no need to book.

We Face Forward: Bite Sized

At Gallery Of Costume.

1-1.30pm
Tuesdays at Manchester Art Gallery
Thursdays at Gallery of Costume
Fridays at Whitworth Art Gallery

Join in with a chat about works on display in We Face Forward with one of our friendly volunteers. It's one thing to look at art alone but totally different to look at art with other visitors. You will have the chance to share your own thoughts and ideas, listen to what other people have to say and really get to know these exciting contemporary art works.

Until 14 September 2012.
Free, no need to book.

We Face Forward: Bite Sized

At Manchester Art Gallery.

1-1.30pm
Tuesdays at Manchester Art Gallery
Thursdays at Gallery of Costume
Fridays at Whitworth Art Gallery

Join in with a chat about works on display in We Face Forward with one of our friendly volunteers. It's one thing to look at art alone but totally different to look at art with other visitors. You will have the chance to share your own thoughts and ideas, listen to what other people have to say and really get to know these exciting contemporary art works.

Until 14 September 2012.
Free, no need to book.

Catalogue

Catalogue

Wed 4th July 2012 – Doors open: 7.30pm

Please note: This performance will now be at Band On The Wall

£17.50 advance

Performing in front of an estimated 2 billion people at the 2010 World Cup Opening Ceremony and astonishing audiences at Glastonbury with Damon Albarn's Africa Express, we are delighted to present Femi Kuti - one of Africa's biggest stars live at Band On The Wall, Manchester.

Emerging from the giant shadow that his father Fela Kuti cast, Femi is the true heir to the Afrobeat crown, his music reaching across the globe with a powerful and distinctive voice. Like his contemporaries, Amadou & Mariam and Baaba Maal, this is a jubilant, funky music and dance mix. An unmissable treat and real coup for the venue - most definitely one of this season's highlights. A Band on the Wall Fundraiser event.

Buy now From Band On The Wall box office

Mamane Barka + Etran Finatawa - The Endless Journey

At Royal Northern College of Music.

Tue 3rd July 2012 – Royal Northern College of Music - Doors open: 7pm

£12.50

Featuring Mamane Barka, Oumarou Adamou, Alhousseini Anivolla and Bammo Agonla from Etran Finatawa, multi-media concert The Endless Journey brings together four musicians from two of Niger’s leading internationally known music groups, Mamane Barka and Etran Finatawa.

The Endless Journey is a live music show, a documentary film and a photographic exhibition. This is the story of these acclaimed musicians from Niger, West Africa, who travelled the world promoting their nomadic culture and desert blues music only to realise that whilst they were away their children were turning their back’s on their cultural heritage. So they took a desert road trip to try to reinvigorate the tradition for a new generation. German photographer and film-maker Jean Molitor accompanied them and the supporting exhibition and documentary film are a new dimension to this fascinating and stunning live performance.

The musicians are Mamane Barka and Oumarou Adamou who toured the UK in 2010 and Alhousseini Anivolla and Bammo Agonla from Etran Finatawa who have spent the last 7 years performing world-wide. In this new collaboration their hypnotic musical groove evokes the breathless heat and shimmering horizon of the Sahara bringing together the electric guitar beloved of Tuareg musicians, the haunting vocals of the Wodaabe, the rippling strings of biram master Mamane Barka and the instinctive hypnotic percussion of Griot Oumarou Adamou.

Buy now from the Royal Northern College of Music box office

Vive L'Afrique! Official We Face Forward Party - Free event!

At Band on the Wall.

Sat 21st July 2012, Band On The Wall – Doors open: 19:30 Free.

In celebration of the city-wide We Face Forward festival of West African art and music, Band on the Wall are delighted to welcome you to our free festival party featuring the cream of professional West African performers currently resident in the Manchester area, including:

Jali Nyonkoling Kuyateh
Sam Maitland aka PapaSam Alafia
Sidiki Dembele
Kuwor Sylvanus Kwashie

Full details of the programme can be found on the Band On The Wall website.

Image of Jali Nyonkoling Kuyateh courtesy of premasagar

Jali Nyonkoling Kuyateh

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