Friday, 31 October 2014

Dukes S. African festival will vibe you to the Township

Singing sensations 'The Soil' in concert next Thursday 

Twenty years of democracy in South Africa will be celebrated when Afrovibes, a biennial festival of theatre, music, dance and film, takes over The Dukes next week from 3 - 9 November.

The Dukes Café Bar will become a Township Café during the festival, serving African food and drinks and hosting free events and activities.

The festival kicks off in the Township Café on November 3 with a free taster performance from top South African vocalists, The Soil, and The Dukes very own Township Café Choir. This family friendly event starts at 7.30pm.

The Soil will be singing a full-length concert on November 4 combining a mix of musical styles from township jazz and hip-hop to afro-pop and afro-soul. The awardwinning, platinum-selling trio come to Afrovibes 2014 direct from the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. Tickets are priced £10 / £8 concessions and you can book online (+ £1 per transaction fee).

The life, death and legacy of inspirational anti-apartheid campaigner, Steve Biko, is the focus of Biko’s Quest which will be staged on November 5 & 6. This powerful large cast production takes the audience on a poignant and emotional journey through danced storytelling.

Age guidance is 10+ and tickets are priced £10 / £8 concessions (a £1 per transaction fee applies when booking online). There is a free post show talkback from 9pm.

A special screening of Khumba takes place on November 9 as part of the festival. This South African animation is about a half-striped zebra who embarks on a daring quest to earn his stripes. Tickets are £3.

Among the many free Afrovibes events taking place at The Dukes are:

  • Monday 3 November:  Launch Party with The Soil and the Township Café Choir from 7.30pm
  • Tuesday 4 November:  Pop Up South Africa where, using green screen technology, you can be transported instantly to your choice of South African location from 6 - 6.45pm
  • Tuesday 4 November:  The Township Café Choir performs from 6.45 - 7.15pm and the Afrobeats DJ takes over from 8.30pm. 
  • Thursday 6 November:  Another chance to enjoy the Township Café Choir from 6.45 - 7.15pm 
  • Friday 7 November:  The festival closes with a party with a distinctly South African flavour from 9pm.

For more information on all Afrovibes events and to book, ring The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or visit

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