New video – watch Gregory Maqoma’s ‘Exit/Exist’

Headlining the dance strand of our Africa Utopia festival (1 – 28 July) is Gregory Maqoma with Exit/Exist. 

 

 

Catch Gregory Maqoma at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of Africa Utopia on 17 July. Get tickets here. 

Inua Ellams – staging a production outdoors

Catch Inua Ellams’ Knight Watch as part of Africa Utopia at Southbank Centre on Sunday 22 July. Get tickets here. 

Take a look at the full Africa Utopia listings 1 – 28 July. 

Listen to an extract of Knight Watch: Inua Ellams’ new show

Here’s a sneak preview of Inua Ellams in his new show about the destruction of a city with live music by Zashiki Warashi Drum and Flute duo (Akinori Fujimoto and Mikey Kirkpatrick).

Catch Inua Ellams’ Knight Watch as part of Africa Utopia at Southbank Centre on Sunday 22 July. Get tickets here. 

Take a look at the full Africa Utopia listings 1 – 28 July. 

Inua Ellams talks about his new show – Knight Watch

Inua Ellams, ‘London’s hottest new spoken word talent’ (The Times) and the man behind the smash-hit successes The 14th Tale and Black T-shirt Collection is back with his new show, Knight Watch. 

We’re pleased to be welcoming Knight Watch to Southbank Centre as part of our Africa Utopia festival in July 2012.

Here’s an interview with Inua in the rehearsal room.

 

Catch Inua Ellams’ Knight Watch as part of Africa Utopia at Southbank Centre on Sunday 22 July. Get tickets here. 

Take a look at the full Africa Utopia listings 1 – 28 July. 

Catalyst Rwanda – breakdancing hits street children in Africa

What happens when an English ‘b-boy’ breakdancer meets young Rwandan hip-hop fans being helped by a charity that works with street children in Kigali?

Les Enfants de Dieu aims to transform the lives of Rwandan street children by giving them somewhere to live and an education. There are currently 130 boys aged six to 20 years at the centre and they are passionate about hip-hop. In 2011, London-based Catalyst Rwanda took the world-renowned b-boy Pervez, from Live 2 Break Crew, to work with these remarkable young men.

This summer, some of the boys travel to London to take part in Southbank Centre’s Africa Utopia.

Catch Catalyst Rwanda at Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall on Thursday 19 July, as part of Africa Utopia. Get tickets here.