Union Dance in collaboration with Muntu Arts launches Reflection Route - The Legacy of Nelson Mandela on the 6th of July 2018 with a vibrant summer soirée at the Arch 29 – the Africa Centre’s new contemporary arts event space.
2018 marks the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. To celebrate his legacy, a series of events, presented in collaboration with Union Dance and Muntu Arts, explores the theme of inspired leadership in the 21st century.
Reflection Route features an original Contemporary Afro dance performance by choreographer Sarita Piotrowski. Set to a hypnotic South African soundtrack, Sarita and Afro dance specialist Ofelia Omoyele Balogun will perform alongside South African poet Leeto Thale to honour Madiba through unique and dynamic presentations.
"In the lead up to the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth on 18th July 2018, The Africa Centre & Colourful Radio are delighted to be honouring the legacy of Nelson Mandela by hosting an evening of music, dance & poetry celebrating the culture of Africa and its diaspora. The evening is presented by Union Dance and Karina H Maynard as part of the Nelson Mandela 100 Centenary Programme." - Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp CBE
Audiences will be welcomed by Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp CBE, Director of The Africa Centre & Kofi Kusitor MBE, Founder of Colourful Radio.
Music from Afrobeat to Soul, Hip Hop and Jazz Funk, Colourful Radio DJs Jazzi Q, Pete Mello & Sammy Sam will provide uplifting, energetic rhythms throughout the night.
Friday 6th July 2018 | 6pm to midnight
Tickets £8 via Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.co.uk
Co-producers: Corrine Bougaard (director) Union Dance and Karina H Maynard (director), Muntu Arts.
Sponsored by: Colourful Radio & The Africa Centre
The production in honour of Nelson Mandela then moves on to the British Museum on the 21st of July 2018 with a slightly different format.
Saturday 21st July 2018: Reflection Route - The British Museum
Nelson Mandela 100 Centenary programme
12pm & 2pm The Great Court
Union Dance presents Reflection Route - Dynamic Contemporary Afro dance performances featuring spoken word by South African wordsmith Leeto Thale, set to driving African rhythms.
Free Entry: 3pm-4.30pm Screening & Panel Discussion 'Reflection Route: inspired leadership in the 21st Century'
Exploring Mandela's legacy in 2018, a diverse panel of cultural leaders discuss vision, representation, creativity and entrepreneurship for positive social influence. Introduced by artist and former British Museum Curator of African art Chris Spring, and chaired by journalist, broadcaster and Muntu Arts Editor Karina H Maynard.
Featuring: Cobbie Yates, Lola Jaye, Derek Taylor, Ibilola Femiola, Femi Aseru, Wumi Olasebikan, Corrine Bougaard
With contributions from: Kathi Scott,CEO of Nelson Mandela Children’s Foundation, Leeto Thale & Chris Spring.