Afrovibes returns to UK for nationwide tour

South African theatre, dance, music, song, photography and film will be showcased at venues across the UK from October.

Afrovibes, a biennial festival featuring leading South African talent, made its UK debut in 2010 and will return for a third season this year.

The festival will tour to London, Swansea, Hereford, Cardiff, Birmingham, Bracknell, Nottingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Lancaster, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Photography by Tyler Dolan

Photography by Tyler Dolan

Each venue will host a week of performances and events, as well as the Afrovibes fringe festival. The local community will also be encouraged to get involved by helping to build pop-up ‘township cafes’, which will provide DJ nights, workshops, poetry and talks.

Afrovibes is part of the SA-UK Seasons 2014-15, a collaboration between the UK and South Africa to strengthen ties and foster cultural exchange.

Read: South Africa’s new political theatremakers

The programme includes dance piece Biko’s Quest, based on the life of anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko; Durban-based photographer Tyler Dolan; and Soweto’s award-winning beatbox a cappella trio, The Soil.

Biko's Quest © Jazzart Dance Theatre

Biko’s Quest © Jazzart Dance Theatre

Artistic director James Ngcobo (who is also artistic director of Johannesburg’s Market Theatre) said: ‘In 1994 a new nation was born. Since then our artists have been showing the world that South Africa has stories to tell: stories that speak to the collective memory of who we are. Yet at the same time they speak of life in South Africa today – stories that link us with the world.’

Afrovibes 2014 takes place from 13 October to 8 November.

Top image: The Soil © Alda Taljaard of Inkhaus Graphic Designs

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