Fri 31 Aug
Legendary drummer, composer and song writer Tony Allen and the Niaja Centric Orchestra bring the rousing sounds of Afrobeat to the Linbury Studio Theatre in this exclusive world premiere. Alongside Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Tony Allen pioneered Afrobeat – a distinctive blend of traditional Nigerian music, jazz and funk, which has influenced musicians round the world. The Niaja Centric Orchestra brings together traditional and contemporary Nigerian artists, and is joined by special guests Damon Albarn and Martina Topley Bird.
Venue: Linbury Studio Theatre, The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD
Adm: £25 / £20
Sat 1 Sep
AFRICA ON THE PIAZZA
This two-day series of open-air screenings in the heart of Covent Garden is curated by Yinka Shonibare and John Akomfrah, founding member of the Black Audio Film Collective. Africa on the Piazza presents some of the most exciting and innovative African films, from classics of the 1950s to modern-day blockbusters, as well as works by seminal directors Ousmane Sembène and Souleymane Cissé. And all for free!
There is no seating in the piazza so bring a rug, blanket or cushion. No portable furniture or chairs including inflatable chairs, sorry. The film screenings are open air and go ahead come rain or shine – the audience area is not covered so come prepared!
Venue: The Piazza (outside the Royal Opera House), The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD
Fri 31 Aug
YINKA SHONIBARE’S DELOITTE IGNITE
This Season Deloitte Ignite is curated by critically acclaimed artist, Yinka Shonibare, MBE, most recently famed for his Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle for the Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth. In this talk, he discusses his vision for Deloitte Ignite 2012, Africa Weekend – a celebration of traditional African and avant-garde arts and culture, expressing Africa’s global contribution to the contemporary arts world.
Venue: Linbury Studio Theatre (What’s the rest of the address, plus post code.
Sun 2 Sept
VICTOR GAMA – INSTRUMENTOS – Exhibition and Concert
Explore an interactive exhibition of contemporary instruments designed and built by composer Victor Gama. Gama has developed an impressive array of instruments over the past 20 years, drawing inspiration from his own native Angolan folk music and from instruments played throughout the African diaspora. Gama will take part in a concert using the instruments, alongside musicians from Angola and Portugal.
Venue: Paul Hamlyn Hall, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD
Time: Exhibition 12noon-6pm (last entry 5.30pm)
Time: Concert 7pm-8pm (doors 6.40pm)