Sixteen acts, including artists who have played Glastonbury and other major festivals, will take part in this year’s Cultural Collage World Music Festival in Manchester.
The festival, which runs from 10th to 20th May, is once again being supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
It has the twin aims of providing a platform for professional musicians and dancers from the diverse communities of Manchester and Salford, and presenting world music acts which rarely visit the North West.
Opening festival headliners are Paprika, who unite traditional Eastern European, Balkan, Gypsy and Classical Music, and who have performed at festivals and other events throughout the world, including Glastonbury, WOMAD, the Sydney Opera House, and the Royal Albert Hall,
Valentina & Voces del Sur, who appear at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation on Cambridge Street on Saturday, 12th May, features the stunning vocals of Chilean singer, Valentina Montoya Martinez.
Valentina writes and sings songs of exile, love and social change, inspired by tango and other folk music traditions from Latin America. The Sunday Times recently described the Edinburgh-based singer as having “a voice which we should be grateful came North.”
The Reggae and African Dance Party at The Dancehouse theatre, on Saturday, 19th May, features Manchester’s own Freedom Masses Sound System DJs, Gabbidon, fronted by ex Steel Pulse founder, Basil Gabbidon, Golty Farabeau from the Seychelles and his band Jahmadou.
Makadem, the new Benga superstar from Kenya is also expected to perform at the festival. Makadem will be opening the Cannes Film Festival the night before. All musicians will get together in a tribute to music of Bob Marley at the end of the night.
New projects for this year’s festival include Abraham’s Children, at St Mary’s Church in Prestwich. Part of Prestwich Concert Series, the concert presents Arabic musician, Awad Absin, and Jewish musician, Mickey Van Gelder singing folk songs from their respective traditions.
And Then There Were Four is a collaboration between Village Well, a world music trio from the West Midlands and Emmanuela Machozi Yogolele of Manchester’s Beating Wing Orchestra.
Also appearing at the festival are flamenco band Calaita at the Bridgewater Hall, while The Royal Exchange Theatre will host Arabic band, Rubaiyat and a world dance event featuring Kathak performer, Kanchan Maradan and San’at Mahmudova performing dances from Kazakhstan.
Participatory events include A Taste of World Dance at Z-arts (formerly Zion Arts). This will feature workshops in Chinese Silk Fan Dance, traditional Kazakh dance, Flamenco, Bachata from the Dominican Republic and Kizomba from Angola. There will also be a World Craft Market and free Family Sing-Song, where musicians from South Africa, Jamaica and Paraguay will be teaching traditional songs from their own countries.
Further information about all festival events can be obtained from www.culturalcollagefestival.org.