Viva Africa – An outdoor programme in support of World Cultures Festival

5.11.2017 (Sunday)
2 – 6pm
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza

Large-scale carnival celebrating African arts & cultures
Showcasing African dance, music & circus
Plus workshops, displays & snacks
Pumping up energetic beat

Free Admission

Africa, the cradle of world civilisation, is the world's second-largest and second-most-populous continent with over 50 countries. This special carnival will include many sparkling performances, some direct from Africa. You can also try out some tricks in various workshops. Plus the different stalls of rich favour and content. Let us seize this rare opportunity to experience and learn more about the diversity and vitality of its various arts and cultures.

Dazzling Stage

Jo Ngai
Experienced public media and cultural worker introduces to you all the amazing performances.

Gregmel & Africana Band
Original African Pop Music
Formed in Hong Kong in 2012 by well-known singer-songwriter Gregmel from Togo, the band is very active and plays a variety of African styles.

Watoto Children's Choir (Uganda)
Gospel Songs
The choir has travelled internationally since 1994. Close to 20 orphans will sing out this year’s theme of Signs & Wonders, with an energetic fusion of contemporary gospel and traditional African rhythm.

Moving into Dance Mophatong (South Africa)*
African Contemporary Dance
Established in 1978, MID is an internationally recognised incubator producing a multitude of award-winning dancers, choreographers and teachers. It will perform some high energy dance works, bringing to life a unique amalgamation of indigenous and contemporary South African dances.

Tshegofatso Mhlongo (South Africa)*
A dynamic musical theatre performer and emerging songwriter, Tshego is set to release her debut EP later this year. She has performed at Disneyland Hong Kong as the Lead Role in The Lion King. She will sing a medley of African and Chinese songs.

*Part of Full Circle Art Africa, presented by Leap Initiative Philanthropies

Sebastião António & Evelyn Waletzki
Kizomba Dance & Flash Mob Dance
Kizomba means “party”, a dance and music genre originally from Angola. It has become hugely popular in Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa and beyond. Sebastião and Evelyn, together with their workshop participants, will demonstrate this feisty yet elegant combination of tango, zouk, samba and salsa. Sebastião will also lead other dancers in a flash mob dance with a special Angolan favour.

Fekat Circus (Ethiopia) featuring Slum Drummers (Kenya)
Circus & Drums
Fekat Circus, means “blossoming”, was founded in 2004. It has toured to Europe several times and has its own circus school. Slum Drummers is a community-based organisation helping at-risk youth through drumming. They will join hands to bring us a pulsating performance.

Ethiopian Airlines Master
Flights for selected members sponsored by Ethiopian Airlines

Hong Kong African Association
African Drums & Dance
Established to foster racial harmony and to help ethnic minorities to fit into society, the Association has participated in I am an African on RTHK’s CIBS for several seasons. It will perform with primary students from Hong Kong Taoist Association Wun Tsuen School.

Fusão D (Angola)
Semba & Kuduro Dance
Fusão D, formed by Félix Alvarez, has performed in many major dance events and award ceremonies in Angola. The dancers can perform many different dance styles. 4 dancers will introduce these 2 popular dance forms originated from Angola.

Sharings African Drumming Arena
African Drums & Dance
Established in 2004, its aim is to introduce African drumming to Hong Kong and southern China in order to instill some positive energy to the society. The performance will be led by master drummer Atsu Dagadue from Ghana who has performed in front of a host of different dignitaries around the world.

The Salvation Army Tuen Mun Integrated Service for Young People
African Drums
The organisation helps ADHD children to explore their artistic gifts through African drumming in order to convey to them sense of accomplishments other than academic. It has presented the African drumming musical WAHAHA this May.

CUHK, HKU & SKH Bishop Baker Secondary School
African Drums & Dance
Over 30 tertiary and secondary students will show what they have learnt under the guidance of Pokobana Soussadema from Togo and Mbogga Nasser from Uganda.

Nigerian Women Hong Kong
African Dance
Started in 2011 by a few women, it aims to be recognised by people of Hong Kong and for better integration of cultures.

Xtra Spark

Dfeat (South Africa)
Graffiti Art
One of the pioneering street artists of the iconic Searle Street Park, known as "Wall of Fame", in Cape Town, he started painting street art in 1999 by doing murals against rape, crime and drug abuse. Skateboarders Alert: BYOS - Bring your own skateboard and you may get a unique artwork in return!

Jubilant Cultural Stalls

Consulate General of the Republic of Angola in Hong Kong
Photo exhibition, snack & beer tasting ^

Consulate General of the Republic of South Africa, HKSAR/MASAR
Handicrafts, books, tourism info display, snack, juice & wine tasting^

Ethiopian Airlines
Crew uniform display, snack & coffee tasting

Leap Initiative Philanthropies
African fashion & accessories display

South African Airways
Juice tasting & photo time

Hong Kong African Association
Nigerian arts & culture display, African snack & drink tasting

Hong Kong Association of African Drumming
African Hair Styling & Face Painting
Aiming to promote African drumming, the Association has organised Hong Kong African Drumming Festival and Hong Kong Inter-schools African Drumming Festival last year. Let’s put on an African outlook to better absorb the vibe of the carnival.

Display of the choir’s audio-visual products & special handicrafts

^ Alcohol may only be consumed by patrons aged 18 or above

Mini Workshops

20 mins. per session. Free tickets are required for admission. Tickets will be distributed on event date at 1:45pm at the Workshop Area of Piazza on first-come-first-served basis.

Juggling | Fekat Circus

Percussion | Slum Drummers

African Dance | Sharings African Drumming Arena

Singing | Watoto

Contemporary Dance | Moving into Dance Mophatong

Enquires: 2591 1340


Africa Group of Consul Generals in Hong Kong

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