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Africa Weekend at Royal Opera House

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Africa Weekend in Covent Garden
A celebration of African culture, traditional and modern, is the theme of this year's Deloitte Ignite Festival at the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden.

The event, from 31 August to 2 September, offers up a lively mix of drumming, dance, music and cinema, along with interactive exhibitions and workshops.

Deloitte Ignite 2012, Africa Weekend, turns the spotlight on the continent's rich and varied contribution to the world of contemporary arts.

African Messiah - a variation on Handel's classical work The Messiah - will be performed by Josephine Amankwah and Tunde Jegede.

Tavaziva Dance present Sensual Africa, inspired by the sights and sounds of Malawi, and Alesandra Seutin performs an improvised blend of ballet and contemporary dance.

Saturday events include free dance, drumming and storytelling workshops and performances. On Sunday, there will be an interactive display of contemporary musical instruments, which will be played by Victor Gama, in a concert with musicians from Angola and Portugal.

The event is curated by Yinka Shonibare, who created Nelson's Ship in a Bottle for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.

Tickets for daytime events are free, subject to availability, there is a charge for evening events. Further information and booking from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London WC2
Box Office: 44(0)20 7304 4000 (Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm)

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Why? Africa Weekend
Phone: 020 7304 4000
Where: Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Cost: Free daytime events. Charge for evening events
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