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!!!


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Dansa Lengoma

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


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
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?


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!!!


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!!



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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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Pan-African Festival

WATOTO AFRIKA would like to invite you to another one of our popular festivals, which will be held in Halandri, at Evripidio Theatre Rematias, in the middle of a forest!!! There will be lots and lots for you to enjoy, including delicious food from all over Africa, handicrafts, lots of colourful clothes and jewellery, body painting,  and much much more!!

And as usual, we will also have African music, drum and dance which will transport you to magical Africa with the African beat!!

So, let’s get together once more, on the 23rd July from 18:00 till late, and put joy into our hearts in these difficult times!!

The Pan-African festival opens at 18:00

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WATOTO AFRIKA Spring Festival

With the 2016 spring / summer season starting WATOTO AFRIKA is proud and excited to announce our first festival, the Annual Spring Festival on 7 – 8 May in THISIO at 134-136 Ermou. Can’t wait to see you there!!!


Just to remind you, here is an interesting article about the festival of last year with some wonderful photographs:

Με μεγάλη χαρά οι WATOTO AFRIKA υποδέχονται την φετινή άνοιξη και το καλοκαίρι διοργανόνωντας το  2016 SPRING FESTIVAL στις 7 & 8 Μαίου στο Θησείο, Ερμού 134-136.

Ελάτε να διασκεδάσουμε παρέα, με αφρικάνικη μουσική και χορό, να απολαύσετε παραδοσιακές συνταγές και να θαυμάσετε υπέροχα κοσμήματα και χειροτεχνίες.

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

Και για υπενθύμιση, δείτε ένα υπέροχο άρθρο απο το περιοδικό LIFO με φωτογραφικό υλικό από το περσινό μας φεστιβάλ:

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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!
** Free entrance ***

Dance: Katerina Karatzi
Music (percussion, African harp): Dauda Conteh

For more information: or 6972264517

The following day do not miss “Ubuntu Drum and Dance Group” at “Nafale Tomo
the with music and dances from all over Africa!


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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 artistic activities (theatre, play, dance etc) for children
  • Greek lessons for parents

Families who want to participate in the project are requested to promptly contact us: via email ( or tel. 211 01 21 441 (9h – 17h).

Contact Person:

Tsetika Ioanna

We invite you and your children to our free courses.

The NGO CIVIS PLUS is continuing the successful educational programs for children of migrant background and their parents.

The aim of the program is the smooth integration of migrant and refugee children into the Greek school environment and society. The course will begin on the 1st of February 2016 and will finish at the end of the school year. The program will take place in a nice and suitable space in Koletti str, Exarchia area.

CIVIS PLUS   40-42, Koletti str., 3rd floor, Athens  Tel. 211 01 21 441 / 442  Email

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