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Afrovibes Festival posterAfrovibes, the festival of South African music, drama and dance returns to the Black-E, after its first successful visit in 2012, with performances, workshops, the Township Cafe, and a Launch Party .The festival celebrates 20 years of democracy in South Africa.

Launch Party

27th Oct 6pm

The Black-E will host the Launch Party to kick start Afrovibes arriving in Liverpool. The Black-E playscheme will be performing and guests will also be able to watch the dance group Movema. An exhibition of digitally manipulated photographs, by the Durban-based photographer Tyler Dolan, will feature at The Black-E alongside artwork by local artists. Admission Free.

Township Café

There will be a Township Café open from 6pm at the Launch Party where attendees can visit eat, drink and chat to performers and friends.

Township Café will be then be open daily Tuesday 28th to Friday 31st 12 noon to 3pm. Serving a mixture of Afro – Caribbean foods and drink.

BIKO’S QUEST- Weds 29th and Thurs 30th October 7pm.

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It is better to die for an idea that will live, than to live for an idea that will die” -Steve Biko

Biko's Quest- Dance

The life, death and legacy of Biko, who was murdered at the hands of security police during the Apartheid era in South Africa, are compellingly explored as the performers take the audience on a poignant and emotional journey through danced storytelling.


This one’s a winner… powerful, though-provoking, moving and unforgettable” - Cape Times

Steve Biko was the founder of the South African based Black Consciousness Movement in 1968.

Nelson Mandela said of Biko: "They had to kill him to prolong the life of apartheid."

Dark Cell + Mana - Fri 31st October 7pm

Dark Cell & Mana is a contemporary dance double bill.

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Mana is presented by ACE Dance & Music and choreographed by South African, Vincent Mantsoe who incorporates a fusion of martial arts and ballet that seizes on the visceral spirituality of African dance and Shamanistic customs to deliver a performance of outstanding energy and individuality.

Dark Cell-performance on imprisonment in South Africa during ApartheidDark Cell draws inspiration from detention conditions of political prisoners on South Africa's Robben Island. This award-winning solo dance performance uses the concept of a prison cell as a metaphor for mental imprisonment.


      Afrovibe Festival poster (detail) photo-Tyler-DolanBiko's Quest- DanceDark Cell -Themba Dredz Mbuli in DARK CELL photo by Sydelle Willow Smith