A showcase of the rich, colourful, diverse, proud and ancient performing arts rooted in African culture and tradition. Brought to life by talented and creative musicians, dancers, singers, poets and storytellers.
On Tuesday 3 October, Out of Africa launches with the official opening ceremony for Black History Month at Octagon Theatre. Black History Month is an international commemoration and celebration of achievements and contributions made by Black and other ethnic minority people, who have transformed the world.
African Community Association Bolton runs programme of celebratory and educational activities and events every year in Bolton to promote our Black History.
Also during the day, there will be the chance to join specialist African artists from the African Community Association Bolton to discover the arts, crafts and music that are coming “Out of Africa” through interactive workshops. Taking place will be Drumming with Nat Biney, where you learn the beat of traditional African drums, African Crafts which includes basket weaving and paper crafts with Winnie Kabula and Noelene Gillatt, and a traditional textile crafts workshop including batik, tie-dying, starch resist dying.
Each workshop runs for an hour and you can take part in all them if you really want to soak up the ambiance.
Places are free and all materials are supplied, but hurry, places must be booked and are on a first come first served basis.
Deborah Dickinson, Associate Producer at the Octagon, says: "We are absolutely delighted to be collaborating with the African Community Association to celebrate Black History Month in Bolton by putting on a full day of events that reflect the vibrancy, energy and diversity of African cultures."