The HealersLSHTM logologo: Africa 05 in collaboration with BBC
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Loulou Cherinet
Gera
Cyprien Tokoudagba
Zwelethu Mthethwa
Tracey Rose
Abdoulaye Konate
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image of Tokoudagba's work
A TWO-DAY FESTIVAL EXPLORING CULTURE AND HEALTH IN AFRICA

SATURDAY 9TH AND SUNDAY 10TH APRIL 2005

  • DEBATE-EXCHANGE-REFLECTION-LEARNING
  • UK PREMIER OF 'SCENARIOS FROM AFRICA' FILMS
  • UNVEILING OF NEW WORK BY AFRICA REMIX ARTIST ABDOULAYE KONATE
  • LIVE PERFORMANCES FROM GNAWA FUSION SUPERSTAR NURU KANE
  • DRUMMERS FROM SENEGAL'S NDEPP HEALING TRADITION!
CHILDREN'S EVENTS:
  • STORY TELLING FROM SIERRA LEONE
  • MALIAN BOGOLAN (MUDCLOTH) WORKSHOP
  • SENEGALESE DRUMMING WORKSHOP

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All events are free but you must register in advance in order to attend. Email Sarah Castle or Dudu Sarr at sarrcastle@yahoo.com to register. Numbers for the children's events are limited and demand is likely to be high. When registering, please state children's ages.

This exciting two-day festival is associated with 'The Healers' exhibition currently showing at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. It will bring together artists associated with the acclaimed Africa Remix exhibition (www.africaremix.org.uk) on at the Hayward Gallery, public health specialists from the School and members of the public interested in the science/culture interface. The event comprises an array of spellbinding live performances including one from Mamadou Sarr and Medoune Ndiaye - Senegalese drummers from the 'ndepp' healing tradition used to cure mental illness. It will also feature gnawa fusion superstar Nuru Kane whose performance at Mali's 2004 Festival in the Desert brought him international acclaim. Nuru will play and talk about the way that trance, colour and music heal in the Moroccan gnawa ceremonies. The performances will be preceded by films about these two important healing traditions. In addition, master lute player Hudaydi from Somalia will perform a song especially composed for the festival.

Panel discussions and presentations will bring artists and medical researchers together in an exploration of representations of the body, health, disease and well-being and will take an innovative look at the way that culture can be used to transmit public health messages. These will include one with Remix artist Abdoulaye Konate who will engage with researchers interested in HIV/AIDS - a theme Konate reflects in his art. Konate will have completed a residency in the School and will reveal a new work at the festival base on the School's research. Another Panel, chaired by Roger Malbert, the London curator of Remix, will discuss representations of health and well-being from curators' perspectives.

In addition, Yusupha Jawara and Sabera Begum will show photographs of (bogolan) mudcloth production in Mali and explain the significance of the calligraphy in relation to health and well-being. Efua Dorkenoo from FORWARD will tell a story their organisation uses among diaspora groups to raise awareness about the harmful effects of female genital mutilation. Representatives from the British Council will present the 'Crossing Borders' project which links British and African writers for mentoring and exchange. The Scenarios from Africa films for HIV prevention made by the cr¸me de la crème of the continent's film directors based on scripts written by school children will also be premiered.

At close of play on Saturday 9th, we will adjourn to the School bar for a party and dance to your favourite sounds from the continent including those from the recently released Africa Remix album.

For further details email sarrcastle@yahoo.com


Image above is Cyprien Tokoudagba's painting

© LSHTM, October Gallery, Revue Noir and the artists