African Connections CIC, an Edinburgh-based community interest company promoting diversity through performing arts, are delighted to announce the very first Edinburgh Multicultural Festival programme taking place on 4th, 5th and 6th October 2019. The festival programme features Edinburgh’s diverse talent and promotes spoken word, poetry, music, dance and visual arts created by African, Asian and Eastern European artists living in the capital. The festival programme features poetry programme curated by Nadine Aisha Jassat, storytellers Fong Liu and Daiva Ivanauskaitė, music groups Samba Sene & Diwan, Billy Got Waves & Joell, Omar Afif and Gnawa Trans Fusion, Mochi Robinson and Swaryatra, dance artists including Dance Ihayami, Sankofa Beats, Olga Kay, Iraya Noble, Pirita Tuisku, and many more. The festival will also present two international acts Lazarus, a Malawian singer and canjo player, as well as Sowhereto Africa, a South African dance and music show promoting street talent from the township of Soweto. The festival does not only promote performing arts, but also engages audiences through a specially curated short films programme as well as an audio-visual installation created by Robert Motyka inspired by diverse cultures and identities. You will certainly be spoilt for choice!
All programme events are offered free. All events and entertainment taking place at Drumbrae Library and Community Hub (4th October 2019) and Edinburgh College Granton Campus (5th & 6th October 2019) are offered free of charge. Events at Drumbrae Library and Community Hub will include creative writing, poetry and storytelling, whereas the second and third day of the festival at the Edinburgh College Granton Campus will feature music, dance, shorts films and the audio-visual installation by Robert Motyka. The programme at the Edinburgh College will include both performances in the open café space (unticketed) as well as in the PASS Theatre (free, ticketed). Third sector organisations promoting or representing diverse communities in Edinburgh and Scotland will be present on 5th and 6th October 2019 to share their activities and offer attendees further opportunities to engage with multicultural communities.
The Edinburgh Multicultural Festival director, Morgan Njobo, says: ‘With this programme we would like to celebrate the multicultural talent and its contribution to the cultural life of Edinburgh. As a South African artist living in Edinburgh, I feel privileged to be able to present an eclectic programme that aims to engage local communities and increase access to arts and entertainment in the north of Edinburgh. We are collaborating with artists whose work is influenced by African, Asian and Eastern European cultures and we wish for all Edinburgh residents to better engage with our diverse performing arts and visual arts scene and enjoy the benefits of diversity brought by the artists involved.’
It is hoped for the festival to grow over the years and contribute to promoting tolerance and inclusivity across Edinburgh and beyond.
The festival is delivered in partnership with Edinburgh College, PASS Theatre and Drumbrae Library and Community Hub. It is supported by The City of Edinburgh Council.
While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Edinburgh Multicultural Festival are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.
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