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West African Connections to Carnival - Live Music and Dance

West African Connections to Carnival - Live Music and Dance
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11 Jul 2018 5:30pm - 7pm

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Room 700, Leeds Central Library

Central Library, Municipal Buildings, Calverley Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AB

Live music and dance performance, followed by a Q&A discussion. 

Every August, in Jamestown, in Ghana's capital city of Accra, the streets are filled with sound, colour and movement. The fishing community and market traders lead the procession: groups of young people holler slogans, sing and dance; effigies are paraded; musicians and performers take to the streets to celebrate the harvest and to remember the struggle of the Ga people.

You are invited to celebrate and explore the West African connections to carnival through a live performance of traditional Ghanaian dance, followed by a Q&A discussion with choreographer Nii Kwartey Owoo and photographer Tim Smith.

Together we will investigate the West African roots of carnival, its history and the transformation of narratives which found their way across the Atlantic to the Caribbean Islands.

We welcome you to make personal connections, to share stories and memories that resonate with the performance and the photography exhibition Island to Island: Journeys through the Caribbean by Tim Smith, (on display in Room 700 from 27th June-27th July

This event has been made possible with support from Leeds Central Library, Miishe African Music and Dance and the Geraldine Connor Foundation.

Image is of Leeds West Indian Carnival 2017. Photo (C) of Tim Smith.

This event is free, but please book a ticket via the link below. A selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be available to purchase at this event. Tap water will also be available. 

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