African traditions, African music, African tourism and African cuisine. All these were presented on Wednesday at the National Library of Romania, at the start of the Africa Days Festival.
Moroccan Ambassador Faouz El Achchabi and Romanian Diaspora Minister Dan Stoenescu spoke at the opening of the event. They expressed their appreciation for the good relations that Romania and African states have and for the interest in intercultural exchanges and other types of exchanges between Romanians and Africans.
The International Day of Africa, marked on May 25th, celebrates the African continent, its role, diversity, cultural and spiritual wealth in a global context.
Ikhaya Drum Association and its partners celebrate the 1st edition of the “Africa Days Festival” special event in Bucharest not for one but for four days (May 25-28).
This festival aims at bringing the music and other traditional African art forms closer to the wide audience in Bucharest and Romania.
“We want to contribute to changing mentalities and prejudices that often exist in Romania when it comes to the African continent and people of African origin,” the organizers say.
During the festival, all those interested are expected in large numbers at the Culture House of Students and the Venus Park to take part in a series of actions designed to help them learn and discover things about Africa less known or accessible to them.
The evening concerts open every day at 21.00 hrs with a special concert offered by Ikhaya Band. Also, during the festival more exhibitions will be on display. Besides photos from different parts of Africa, there are paintings and painted materials by Nyanga Queen Alina Avom Ossanga.
There are no entry fees.
The schedule of the second day of the festival, May 26, at The Culture House of Students: 16.00-17.30 Intercultural education workshop – focus on Africa (A.R.T. Fusion); 17.30-19.00 Film screening -State Examination (Dieudo Hamadi Congo); 18.00-19.00 Workshop –Traditional Dance from Rwanda (Daniel Ngarukie); 21.00-22.30 „Cercul Intreg-Cluj” Concert; Daniel Ngarukie (Rwanda) Dance and Concert with Inanga Instruments.
The schedule of the third day of the festival, May 27
At The Culture House of Students: 16.00-17.30 Film screening- Exhume (Jolynn Minnaar-South Africa); 17.30-18.30 Intercultural education workshop – focus on Africa (Hillents); 18.30-19.00 Tudor Vintiloiu (photojournalist) – Presentation Photo Documentaries (Ghana, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Maroc); 17.00-18.00 Inanga Course (Rwanda traditional instrument)- Daniel Ngarukie; 18.00-19.00 Workshop African Songs(Jim Pywell și Sally Ann Clark); 21.00-22.30 „Star Fix-Pitești” Concert and „Ikhaya Drum-București”; West African Dance representation – Cercul Întreg
Concert with Kora instruments (Jim Pywell and Cercul Întreg)
Jam Session (The stage is open).
At Venus Park you can enjoy a Percussion workshop (Ikhaya Drum) – 17.00-19.00.
The schedule of the fourth day of the festival, May 28
At The Culture House of Students: 14.30-15.00 George Popescu (photojournalist)– Photo Projection „Mauritania”; 15.00-19.00 Human Library; 15.00-16.30 Intercultural education workshop – focus on Africa (Hillents and A.R.T. Fusion); 16.30-19.00 Film screenings: „Body Games. Capoeira and Origin” (Richard Pakleppa, Matthias Röhrig Assunção and Mestre Cobra Mansa-South Africa/UK/Brazil/Angola; “Beach Boy” (Emil Langballe- Marea Britanie/Kenya), The National Youth Orchestra Kenya (Jim Pywell); 17.00-19.00 Traditional West African Dance Workshop – Papa Faye (Senegal), 21.00-22.30 Ikhaya Drum(Bucharest), Cercul Întreg (Cluj) and Star Fix (Pitești) Concert.
At Venus Park: 13.00-14.00 Workshop – Dance from West Africa”(Cercul Întreg), 14.00-16.00 Capoeira circle (Cercul Întreg-Cluj), 16.00-18.00 Percussion workshop (Ikhaya Drum)
The festival enjoys the financial support from AFCN (Administration of National Cultural Fund) and SCANDO Trading. Ikhaya Drum’s partners at the festival are A.R.T. Fusion, Cercul Intreg, StarFix, One World Romania, Hillents and Embassy of South Africa to Romania.