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Celebrating Africa


African dancers in white costumesA group of people taking part in Kudoro, an African dance

Celebrate Africa Day in style at 'Celebrating Africa', a free community event on Saturday 25 May.

You can expect a full programme with dance, music, storytelling, African traders, street food and much more!

We’re delighted to welcome Sharon Watson MBE DL, Chief Executive and Principal of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, as well as a diverse range of African artists and entrepreneurs.
Join us for what promises to be a vibrant celebration of African culture and ingenuity!

10:00 Event opens
10:30-10:45 Zulu Dance Troupe
11:00 Opening remarks from Dr Kendi Guantai and Sharon Watson MBE DL, CEO and Principal of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance
12:00-12:30 Zulu Stomp

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch and a chance to visit the African Market
13:45 - 14:00 Spoken word by Majestic Marvina
14:00-15:30 Workshops: Crafts with Nana-Essi, Arts with Gogo, African puzzles & stories with Suely
15:30 Ethiopian Wetatoch – Music, poetry and theatre
16:00 Close


Riley Smith Theatre, Refectory and precinct, University of Leeds LS2 9JW

We are grateful to Ndidi Nkwopara for developing and creating a diverse, inspiring programme for Celebrating Africa - a fitting way to celebrate Africa Day! See Ndidi's story.

Above photo (on right): 2dwcfilms

Ndidi Nkwopara

Ndidi Nkwopara

Ndidi Nkwopara

Ndidi has developed a varied cultural programme to celebrate African performance and art. See her website.