Pleaes note that attendance at the events is strictly by invitation.
Awoojor [“Cultural Feast”]: Total Theatre with Usifu Jalloh (the Cowfoot Prince) and Ayodele ‘Cherno’ Scott.
The British Council hosts a brilliant mix of traditional storytelling and contemporary African Theatre as two distinguished British-Sierra Leonean performers team up in an engaging and participatory story of the transformation of tradition and culture, spiced with songs, drumming and dancing.
Usifu Jalloh : an award-winning performer and educator whose roots in multicultural Sierra Leone and longstanding close association with artists and audiences from a wide range of cultures have led him to develop a story-telling style which encompasses international languages, music, dance and story themes. Born in Kamakwie in Karene district, his career has taken him from Kabala to Manchester through London Bridge via the Yengema and back to Freetown.
Ayo Scott: performer and workshop leader, born and raised in Freetown, has toured West Africa with many dance and theatre groups, including the National Dance Troupe of Sierra Leone, Kailondo and Tabula Theatre Companies, and won the Progress National Actor of the Year Award. Travelled with Gbakanda Afrikan Tiata to England he performed nationally and internationally with musicians and theatre breaking down barriers between cultures, through performances such as ‘Dancing with the Ancestors’ ‘Mami Wata and the Black Atlantic’ and ‘2 Sim’ which he will premiere on 8 May.
Radio broadcast: the EU Ambassador Tom Vens will participate in the "Good Morning Salone" programme on Society for Radio Democracy 98.1 which starts at 7.30 am.
Television Programme: the EU Ambassador Tom Vens will participate in a television programme "The Podium" at the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) in the afternoon 12 pm.
Europe Day reception.
Intimate, one-off performance by Irish-Sierra Leonean artist, Loah, live in Freetown, offered by Irish Embassy.
Loah is Sallay-Matu Garnett, an artist of Irish-Sierra Leonean origin who grew up between Ireland and West Africa. She’s embarking on an ambitious solo career, combining her unique blend of genre-bending Afro-soul which she calls “ArtSoul”. In what has been a phenomenal first couple of years in action, she has released several stunning singles & videos (“Nothing - from the debut EP This Heart - “The Bailey”, “Cortege” and “Take It” with Irish producer Bantum and co-written with Hozier “Someone New”) amongst others. Having just made her first US appearances at SXSW and in New York, she released her long-awaited debut EP This Heart in June 2017.
Fehdah is an Irish based future afro soul band led by vocalist and guitarist, Emma Garnett; an eclectic songwriter who draws on her love of the Wassoulou music of West Africa & neo-soul, hip-hop and jazz music of North America to create a poly-rhythmic and vocally rich sound.
EU Photo Day (Photo Exhibition) celebrating EU - Sierra Leone development cooperation in the afternoon at the new National Authorising Office building at Tower hill.
Television Programme: TV Panel discussion on Cultural Heritage on SLBC at 17.00-18.00, moderated by Isatu Smith.