‘Sierra Leone Arts & Culture Mini-Fest’: A fundraiser for and celebration of Freetown

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In response to the recent mudslides and floods in Sierra Leone, The Salone Collective have curated a series of events to raise awareness and funds for victims of the ongoing effects of these natural disasters. From vigils to live music events, young Sierra Leoneans and allies have been doing their small part to show solidarity and #StandUpForSalone .

The final event in this series is a mini-festival to celebrate Sierra Leonean Art, Culture and History.

Join us on Saturday 14th October 2017 from 1 pm – 5 pm in Bethnal Green for a full programme of vibrant culture and knowledge exchange. There will be poetry, music, film and history as well as talks from prominent activists and community organisers.

Speakers and performers include Siana Bangura, Kanja Sesay, Barbara Ntumy, Mariama Oni, Ejatu Shaw, Adama Jalloh, Taliwhoah, Isatta Sheriff, Showers Jalloh and Asabi Hawah.

There will be photography on display by Sierra Leonean-British photographers Adama Jalloh and Ejatu Shaw. There will also be screenings of ‘Denim’ by Siana Bangura and ’16 Years Later’ by Abu Yillah. We will also have an introduction to the Krio language, by Mamusu Kallon. Not to be missed!

The event will be hosted by Sierra Leonean filmmaker and poet, Abu Yillah.

There will also be Sierra Leonean food and arts & crafts on sale, all in the cosy, homely settings of Common House – a community activist run space in Bethnal Green. Get your tickets here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sierra-leone-arts-culture-mini-fest-tickets-38382557262

Please note the following information regarding tickets:

Unwaged/ low wage: £5 plus Eventbrite booking fee (very limited numbers available)

General admission: £7 plus Eventbrite booking fee

On the door: £10 (can’t be guaranteed that any will be available on the day so make every effort to book in advance)

As this is a charity fundraiser, all tickets will be non-refundable.

** If you have any questions about Common House or have any accessibility needs please get in touch with us in advance of the event. Common House is on the ground floor but is regrettably not fully-accessible as yet **

After the mini-festival, please join us in Deptford at the Afrobeats for All fundraising event at The Albany. Hosted by Sierra Leonean Afrobeats artist Yasmin Kadi, with special guests including Siana Bangura and Alim Kamara, this will be the perfect end to a vibrant day of festivities and fundraising. Tickets for Afrobeats for all can be purchased here: www.thealbany.org.uk/event_detail/2181/Hires/Afrobeats-4-All

Siana Bangura

Siana Bangura is a writer, poet, performer and producer hailing from South East London. She is the author of critically acclaimed debut collection, 'Elephant', a book of poetry meditating on Black British womanhood and life growing up in London and the founder and former editor of No Fly on the WALL. Siana is the producer of '1500 & Counting', a documentary film investigating deaths in custody in the UK. With experience in indie publishing, journalism, and campaigns under her belt, Siana’s wide portfolio of work focuses on bringing voices on the margins to the centre. To find out more about Siana's work visit: www.sianabangura.com And catch her tweeting at @Sianaarrgh