Festival celebrates the best of African and Caribbean culture

Afrikaba festival
Afrikaba festival

MUSIC, film, talks, and activities, combine in a packed programme of events for the month-long AfriKàBa festival.

The festival, which kicks off today (October 1), celebrates arts, history, heritage, innovation and legacy, and there is something for everyone.

Now in its third year, the festival organised by ARTDEV, Hastings Borough Council, and East Sussex county council along with other partners, sees events take place at a variety of locations across the town.

The launch event at Sussex Coast College, from 4.30pm to 7.30pm, October 1, features Angela Wynter, better known as Yolande Trueman, from TV soap Eastenders.

The show, entitled The Diary of Precious Syrona Williams, is a journey through 1950s Caribbean fashion, language and music. Admission is free and Caribbean snacks will be on sale.

Other highlights include a talk by Jean-Robert Cadet, a former child slave in Haiti, who has appeared on American TV programmes, including Oprah.

This is to take place on October 5 at Sussex Coast College, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

Storytelling workshops for children will take place at several different venues, including at The Bridge Community Centre, 361 Priory Road, on Monday (October 3) at 10am. There are also storytelling workshops for adults.

There are a multitude of musical events and performances happening throughout the festival, at locations including The Beacon, the Electric Palace, and the grand finale at Sussex Coast College on October 29.

This final event will showcase the talents of Nana Tsiboe, and contemporary jazz singer Zara McFarlane. Tickets for this event are £12.

Tickets for individual events can be bought from the Hastings Information Centre, along with various festival passes.

For more information contact 01424 451111 or visit www.afrikaba.co.uk.