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Spirit of Africa Festival


  • Sheffield Theatres 55 Norfolk Street S1 1DA (map)

A two day festival of cultural immersion, the festival celebrates the whole African continent and the African Diaspora. Bringing people together to engage with and enjoy traditional and contemporary music, theatre, film, fashion show, visual arts, African Market place, dance, poets, thinkers, education workshops, networking and food and drinks. The festival will also provide a platform for local artists to showcase their work.

Don't miss traditional and contemporary live music from artists such as AkalaSeun Kuti and Egypt 80Iroko Theatre, Oduduwa Talking Drummers,Aar MaantaBreisNamvula and many more (see the full festival events listing below)!

There is no upper age limit – all ages are welcome. All events and workshops during the festival are FREE, except for acts on the Crucible Stage.

Friday 26 October

Crucible Stage

Spirit of Africa Festival: Akala
Breis - 6.00pm (doors open 5.30pm)
Namvula – 7.30pm – 8.30pm
Akala -9.00pm – 10.10pm
£20.00
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Adelphi Room

All events and workshops in the Adelphi Room are FREE

Ayan De First African Drumming Workshop
1.00pm & 3.15pm
Suitable for ages  5+
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More spaces will be released on the day from 10.00am.

Ayan De First African Dance Workshop
2.00pm & 4.15pm
Suitable for ages 12+
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More spaces will be released on the day from 10.00am.

Lower Foyer

All events and workshops in the Lower Foyer are FREE

Ayan De First African Contemporary Painting Workshop
10.00am, 2.00pm & 3.15pm
Suitable for ages  5+
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More spaces will be released on the day from 10.00am and you are welcome to drop-in on the day.

Lobby Stage (Upper Foyer)

All events and workshops in the Lobby Stage (Upper Foyer) are FREE

Alim Kamara Storytelling and Family Workshop
1.00pm & 3.30pm
Suitable for ages 8+
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More spaces released on the day at 10.00am and you are welcome to drop-in on the day.

Why Refugee Women Fashion Show
5.00pm
Drop-in on the day
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Tudor Square Stage

All events and workshops on the Tudor Square Stage are FREE

One World Choir
1.00pm
Drop-in on the day
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Hassan Salih Nour
3.00pm
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Yaaba Funk
5.00pm
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African History in Sheffield Walk with Joe Williams
11.00am
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More spaces released on the day at 10.00am and you are welcome to drop-in on the day.

Saturday 27 October

Crucible Stage

Spirit of Africa Festival: Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
Aar Maanta -  7.00pm (doors open 6.30pm)
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – 9.00pm – 10.30pm
£20.00
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Adelphi Room

All events and workshops in the Adelphi Room are FREE

Artist Forum Event with Moji Kareem (Utopia Theatre)
11.00am
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More spaces will be released on the day at 10.00am and you are welcome to drop-in on the day.

Ayan De First Music and Dance Workshop/Rehearsal
1.00pm (for group performance at 3.30pm)
Suitable for ages 5+
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More spaces released on the day at 10.00am.

IROKO African Drumming Workshop
3.30pm
Suitable for ages 7+
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More spaces released on the day at 10.00am and you are welcome to drop-in on the day.

Artist Networking Event
5.00pm
Find out more and book here
More spaces released on the day at 10.00am and you are welcome to drop-in on the day.

Lower Foyer

All events and workshops in the Lower Foyer are FREE

Ayan De First African Contemporary Painting Workshop
10.00am
Suitable for ages 5+
Find out more and book here
More spaces released on the day at 10.00am

Lobby Stage (Upper Foyer)

All events and workshops in the Lobby Stage (Upper Foyer) are FREE

IROKO Interactive Storytelling and music-making for families workshop
11.00am
Suitable for ages 7+
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More spaces released on the day at 10.00am and you are welcome to drop-in on the day.

Ali Abdirahman (Somali poet)
12.15pm
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IROKO Music for Wellbeing Workshop (for people living with dementia and their carers)
1.00pm
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More spaces released on the day at 10.00am and you are welcome to drop-in on the day

IROKO Interactive Storytelling Performance
2.00pm
Suitable for ages 7+
Find out more and book here
More spaces released on the day at 10.00am and you are welcome to drop-in on the day.

Sosa-Xa!
3.00pm
Drop-in on the day
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Ayan de First Group Performance
3.30pm
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Somali Poets: So At One With You (in association with Off The Shelf)
4.00pm
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Haymanot Tesfa & Arian Sadr
5.30pm
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Tudor Square Stage

All events and workshops on the Tudor Square Stage are FREE

Kadialy Kouyate
12.00pm
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Sosa-Xa!
1.15pm
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Mulembas D'Africa
2.00pm
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K.O.G. and the Zongo Brigade
4.00pm
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