Festival of Yoruba Arts – Saturday 7 August

With Nigerians making up a large group of West Africans, who call Hackney home, it’s only fitting a festival celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the Yoruba people should take place in in the borough.  So you can imagine my excitement, when I heard The Festival of Yoruba Arts would be held in Stoke Newington.

Yoruba’s hail from the Western part of Nigeria…their native language is well … yoruba… of course.

People will experience traditional Bata drummers, dancers, singers, masquerades, jesters, arts and crafts exhibitions, workshops, presentations, Yoruba cuisine and live performances from across traditional and contemporary Yoruba culture.

There will be live performances from the London Lucumi Choir, (Cuba) London School of Capoeira(Brazil)  Ayan and the Oduduwa talking drummers(Nigeria), Juju music from Diya Ojo (London), Afrobeat music from Dele Sosimi and the afro beat vibrations (Lagos/London), Yoruba Jazz from Kevin Haynes (Trinidad) and many more artists, whose music and performance art derive its origins and roots in Yoruba culture and tradition.

Don’t miss the music, dancing, performances, masquerades and much more. Experience Yoruba Arts and Culture in traditional and contemporary arts forms.


TIME: 12.00PM TO 22.00PM


About Remi

Remi Hackney Hive founder, publisher and contributor. Hackneyite and all round Girl Friday, who couldn't wait to leave Hackney and London behind her. After hitching her wagon in California, Texas, New Orleans, Louisiana for 18 years, with a brief spell in Mexico, the prodigal daughter returned happy to put an unconventional and risqué past behind her. She is owned by her two dogs Deffer(a Jack Russell & Darcy a Jack Russell/Pomeranian mix) and runs a London based pet sitting business. The big smoke is home for the moment, but she desperately yearns wide open spaces, where she hopes to call home in the near future.


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