Africa Weekend. This year's the festival is curated by Yinka Shonibare, celebrated for works including Nelson's Ship in a Bottle, which he made for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. Festival includes photography from Rotimi Fani-Kayode; a concert from Tony Allen and Niaja Centric Orchestra; and a club night with BBC Radio1Xtra's DJ Edu.
curated by critically acclaimed artist Yinka Shonibare
Deloitte Ignite returns for its fifth year with an Africa Weekend, curated by Yinka Shonibare, MBE.
The festival will open on 31 August 2012.
Festival includes photography from Rotimi Fani-Kayode; a concert from Tony Allen and Niaja Centric Orchestra; and a club night with BBC Radio1Xtra’s DJ Edu.
Deloitte Ignite returns for its fifth year with an Africa Weekend, curated by internationally renowned artist Yinka Shonibare, MBE. The award-winning three day, cultural festival delivered by business advisory firm Deloitte and the Royal Opera House will open on 31 August. The festival, which is open to the public for free, is renowned for delivering a diverse multi-arts programme from cutting edge artists.
Describing his vision for Deloitte Ignite, Yinka says:
“The Africa Weekend is a celebration of traditional African and avant-garde arts and culture. It is an expression of innovation and Africa's global contribution to culture. The weekend will comprise of cinema, visual arts, dance, music, food and a club night. My aim is to highlight the surprising aspects of the expressions of contemporary African artists. This is an inclusive weekend that will engage all of the senses from drumming, to dance workshops, to storytelling and food from different parts of the continent.”
The weekend will begin with an introductory talk featuring Yinka Shonibare MBE and cultural historian Gus Casely-Hayford. This is followed by a concert in the evening from Tony Allen and Niaja Centric Orchestra. Tickets for the concert cost £25 with £20 concessions.
There is free entry throughout Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September when visitors can experience a unique interactive exhibition of contemporary African musical instruments, entitled Instrumentos and curated by Angolan composer, performer and designer Victor Gama. Furthermore, examples of the work of photographer Rotimi Fani-Kayode will be displayed throughout the Royal Opera House. Families can participate in African Dance, Storytelling and Drumming workshops led by IRIE! Dance Theatre.
The festival will provide exciting evening entertainment as BBC Radio1Xtra’s DJ Edu hosts a club night on Saturday 1 September, bringing the sound of the African underground to the UK. Tickets cost £10. On Sunday, Mezzo soprano Josephine Amankwah will curate a classical concert featuring African Messiah by composer Tunde Jegede.
Heather Hancock, Deloitte’s managing partner for talent and brand said:
“The fifth instalment of Deloitte Ignite promises to deliver another creative and cutting-edge contemporary arts festival. We are delighted to have Yinka Shonibare on board and look forward to an exciting and engaging Africa Weekend. With the eyes of the world on London this summer, it’s particularly appropriate to bring an international dimension to Deloitte Ignite. The partnership between Deloitte and the Royal Opera House, which began in 2008, brings together a shared appetite for innovation and commitment to widening access to the arts.”
With some 12,000 people across the UK and Switzerland, Deloitte is renowned for its innovation, collaboration, industry expertise, and outstanding quality of client service. Deloitte's depth of talent across many disciplines allows it to deliver a total solution to clients of all sizes through its four business divisions: Audit, Tax, Consulting and Corporate Finance. This collaboration between Deloitte and the Royal Opera House brings together both organisations' appetite for innovation, desire to challenge the preconceptions of the audience and engage with young professionals. Deloitte Ignite is the showpiece of the sponsorship and provides a platform to stage a range of pioneering performances to reach a more diverse audience.
Royal Opera House
The Deloitte partnership with the Royal Opera House brings together both organisations in their appetite for innovation and commitment to widening access to the arts. This five year relationship allows the Royal Opera House to stage a broad range of ground-breaking work each year with a new vision from the chosen curator. Deloitte Ignite builds upon the continuing projects that the Royal Opera House has developed to engage and stimulate new audiences and communities across the UK including its innovative ROH2 programme, free live screenings of opera and ballet, family performances, cinema screenings, schools matinees, reduced ticket pricing on main stage performances and free daytime events.
Award winning Deloitte Ignite
Deloitte and the Royal Opera House were awarded the Hollis Sponsorship Award in 2009 and 2012, Arts and Business category, for the first Deloitte Ignite in September 2008, the Arts & Business Cultural Branding Award in 2010 for the 2009 festival and the CorpComms Digi Award in 2010 for best use of Twitter.
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