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Facemask Fundraising whilst activities are on Hold

Due to the Covid19 Virus all our activities are currently on hold. Both in UK and in Guinea social distancing and lock-down measures are in force.

Hanna is donating 25 % of the tailored facemasks ( Hanna Heiss ) she makes and sells to come to the rescue with urgent medical needs in Guinea. We have already been able to help our partners running the community Centre in Guinea with health emergencies. It’s very appropriate – the masks protect our health and then help with urgent health needs in a country where there are many dangerous diseases and no easy access to adequate healthcare! 😷


12th Salifest

12th Salifest –  28.September 2019


With supporters generous donation we staged our 12th Salifest. A Big Thank You to the many volunteers making Salifest possible. As well as record number of visitors there were record number of helpers! We were

  • part of Catford Arts Trail
  • part of Creative Ageing Festival
  • Created Digital story about Salifest with photos by Ivan Angell
  • raised funds for projects in Guinea


Many people took part, including Lewisham Pensioners Ukulele group SMUG, a Primary school steel pan band Royal Steel and local secondary pupils with spoken word & piano piece. Our local MP, Janet Daby visited 2nd year in a row and delivered a lovely speech in support of us!


  • Abram’s Dance & Vieux’s Drum workshop
  • African Food, home-baked cakes & drinks
  • stalls with jewellery, African crafts & more
  • Yeu-lai Mo Art exhibition Dummyheads
  • tombola & raffle
  • Info about our work in Africa
  • fundraising stalls
  • Julie Akera’s East-African crafts







See the Salifest 2018 story here

The National Lottery Community Fund: African Drum and Dance workshops for all Ages

Alanouwaly is celebrating: The National Lottery Community Fund is funding African Drum & Dance classes and events to improve the community’s physical and mental health and to connect people of all ages and backgrounds! There will be a free African Dance workshop for all Ages with live drumming at the ArtsCafe on 14.9.2019 3-5pm. African
First come first serve! We will do regular classes for the disabled day group at Calabash centre and drum classes at St Mary’s primary school. Other events are planned around the borough in Library and community hubs. Let the fun begin!

11th Salifest

Salifest 2018

A great success! See Salifest 18 story with interviews, photos and music

We had Ziggy Tamala, Vieux Bakayoko and Abram Diallo give free African Drum Workshops & Dance Workshop

As usual we had great food  African Food led by Lawrence Lahai-Taylor, Home-made cakes, displays of our work in Africa, Arts, crafts and stalls selling hand-crafted items, Tombola & raffle with great prices.

Live Performances saw LETSwing, local secondary boys Ousmane & Imani, Royal Steel, a primary school steel pan band, Patrick & Marian with soulful tunes and Wuntanara with Djely Fode Koyate, Henry Gaobi and more

Salifest is a joining of different cultures and it is run by volunteers for 10 years (See film below) with lots of networking between people. We are always looking for people to join us and get in touch if you want to volunteer.


Janet Daby, our local MP,  came to support us and gave us a lovely speech:

‘I am impressed with your event and to see it so well co-ordinated, with an excellent attendance from community activists and residents. It is admirable to know that this foundation is enabling and supporting people to help themselves in West-Africa.’

We had help from Lewisham Council to be able to benefit more people and hold workshops with elders and in schools leading up to the festival.


See the film of last year’s 10th anniversary