Street Dance

To help Kokino Radio celebrate their 10 fantastic years, UBUNTU Drum & Dance went to Psiri and ROCKED the streets!!! [...Read More]
katerina karatzi dance lessons

African Dance workshop

On Friday, February 19, 17.00-18.30, there will be African dance workshop with live music, in Theatre “Forward”. Open invitation! ** [...Read More]
African Masks

NAFALE TOMO (Mask Dance)

To celebrate the beginning of the Carnival, Ubuntu Drum and Dance Group would like to invite you to an amazing [...Read More]
migrant refugee children

Education initiative for migrant & refugee children

Open call for participants “After School-Social School Support for migrant and refugee children  ”. Supplementary teaching for children Creative and [...Read More]
mandela gals dancing group at a performance

Diary: 1st Pan-African Festival

On 13th July 2013, WATOTO AFRIKA organised their first African festival in Petralona, Athens at the Kolokotroni Square. There were [...Read More]

WATOTO AFRIKA Summer Festival 2017

Once again, for the THIRD time, WATOTO AFRIKA invites you ALL to our SUMMER FESTIVAL 2017 in Theatro Rematias in Halandri.
As usual we have our SUPER dance semminars which should not be missed, face-painting and of course, African music and dances.
Make sure you do not eat before coming so you can taste our WONDERFUL African cuisine!!! Last but not least, you can admire our AMAZING handi-crafts and MORE!!!

FREE ENTRANCE!!!

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Dansa Lengoma

DANSA LENGOMA (dance to the drum/song) with / με τους

UBUNTU DRUM & DANCE GROUP

Για να υποδεχτουμε το καλοκαιρι με θετικη ενεργια, Θα θελαμε να καλεσουμε ολους τουςφιλους μας για να γιορταζουμε το ξεκινημα του καλοκαιριου στο Εμπρος, το Σαββατο 3 Ιουνιου η ωρα 21.00 – 23.00. Ελατε να ταξιδεψουμε μαζι στην Ηπειρο των προγωνων τις ανθρωποτητας, την Aφρικη, μεσω της μουσικης και του χορου
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Ngoma σημαινει κρουστα στα Swahili. Επισης, στη Τανζανια η λεξη αναφερεται στα φεστιβαλ που γινονται μετα τη σοδεια.
Στα Zulu η λεξη σημαινει τραγουδι και ετσι θα χορεψουμε ολοι μαζι με τους ηχους των Αφρικανων κρουστων και τραγουδιων, που θα σας ανεβασει την διαθεση

ΕΙΣΟΔΟΣ ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΗ (ελευθερη συνεισφορα).


To welcome the summer season with positive energy, we would like to invite all our friends to celebrate the beginning of this season with us at Embros Theatre on Saturday 3 June at 21.00 – 23.00. Let us all travel through music and dance, to the continent of our forefathers, Africa, where all form of life began.

Ngoma means drums in Swahili. In Tanzania, the name is also used for after-harvest festivals. In the Zulu language, ngoma means song. So we will all dance to the uplifting sound of the African drum and song.

FREE ENTRANCE (donations welcome)

 

 

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Some Highlights from the Festival

Words from a good friend of WATOTO AFRIKA, who visited us from Australia, who took these beautiful photographs:

Watoto Africa: Celebrating African Culture in Athens

“Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.” ~Cesar Chavez

Kalimera! We have spent the last two days immersed in the Watoto Festival, organised by African’s in Athens, to share their culture with the people of their adopted homeland. The festival is a joyous occasion. There is something about the way African’s immerse and lose themselves in dance and music that I have not witnessed in any other culture. I am amazed at the large presence of young Athenians who perform West African dance routines as if they were born with that skill. In the recent past Athenians have embraced dynamic dance routines such as Latin, Bollywood and African possibly as a means of shaking off their emotional and economic woes.

Dancing and music have brought the Greeks and Africans together in a wonderful way. They have both demonstrated there is much to be gained by embracing each other’s cultures. It demonstrates that while politicians might spread the rhetoric of fear and hate, people will always recognise ways to celebrate our shared humanity. We have been amazed at how skilled these dancers and musicians are. Migrants and refugees have skills, dreams and hopes for the future. We have been privileged to hear some of these stories during the festival. When reinventing our cities for the future, we can only benefit by using the skills and knowledge that the new travellers bring. This after all has been the story of how Europe developed in the past.

There is no doubt the face of Athens is changing but African migrants are no strangers here. People from African countries like Ghana, Nigeria and Ethiopia have been here for decades and the second generation who were born here are native speakers of Greek and have known no other home! There has also been a second wave of migration since about 2008 of people from places like Sudan, Senegal, Somalia and Guinea. They migrated at a time when the economic crisis caused an adverse reaction to their presence here. They have been locked up in detention centres, subject to much hardship and will spend years in limbo in incredibly harsh conditions.

Many of the refugees, who land in Greece, see it as a transition point to life in Northern Europe, mainly because of the economic crisis. Yet, the city has to cope with the thousands who land here, fleeing from war, famine, internal conflicts, drought or poor economies. Globally the number of refugees now stands at 65 million; there are about 10 million stateless people around the world. In Greece, if your parents are not of Greek descent, then you are not automatically entitled to Citizenship even if you were born here!.

Which begs the question about Nationality. Should someone who is born in a country (and has known no other home) be entitled to citizenship there? Prior to the end of the First World War, people moved relatively freely between Africa and Europe. Many of the second generation Africans I spoke to said they neither feel fully Greek nor fully African. The Greeks still look on them as African and the Africans look on them as Greek. This is not unique. Many migrants around the world will struggle with the issues of identity and belonging.

Can you imagine what it feels like to be told you don’t belong anywhere?

by:

Nilmini De Silva

 

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WATOTO AFRIKA Spring Festival 2017

We are pleased to announce that the spring festival of Watoto Afrika will take place on 05 & 06 May 2017 at the headquarters of the Association of Greek Archaeologists. (Sillogos Ellinon Archeollogon).

Address: 134-136 Ermou Street,Thisio (train station), Athens.

Come join us in our celebration of the spring and summer season with African music, dance, cuisine and admire our beautiful and colourful handicrafts. Also, try face-painting the African way!!!!

AND DON’T FORGET: the super African dance seminars with Dauda Conteh!!!

FREE ENTRANCE!!!

Είμαστε στην ευχάριστη θέση να σας ανακοινώσουμε ότι το άνοιξιατικο Φεστιβάλ του Watoto Αfrika θα λάβει χώρα στης 05 & 06 Μαΐου 2017 στο χώρο του Συλλόγου Ελλήνων Αρχαιολόγων.

134-136 Ερμού Θησείο, (ηλεκτρικο σταθμό) Αθήνα

Ελάτε να διασκεδάσουμε παρέα, με Aφρικάνικη μουσική και χορό, να απολαύσετε παραδοσιακές συνταγές και να θαυμάσετε υπέροχα κοσμήματα και χειροτεχνίε.ι Δοκιμασε επισης Αφρικανικο φεης-πεηντιγγ!!!!

ΚΑΙ ΚΑΤΙ ΑΚΟΜΑ θα υπαρχουν και σεμιναρια Αφρικανικος χορος με τον Dauda Conteh!!!

Σας περιμένουμε όλους εκεί με πολύ καλή διάθεση και χαμόγελα για να περάσουμε ένα τέλειο Σαββατοκύριακο!!

ΕΙΣΟΔΟΣ ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΗ!!!

 

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Bus-Stop dance

Get your dancing shoes on for the WATOTO AFRIKA Spring Festival and as a little taste, here are the Mandela Gals leading a group with the Bus-Stop in Petralona. Enjoy 🙂

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