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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

Salifest 2019:  28.September 12 – 5.30pm

 Just turn up, no need to book except drum workshops, see below

St Laurence Centre, 37 Bromley Road, London SE6 2TS

12th Salifest Schedule:

Individual Performers  12:30 – 2pm    various styles

Food from                       1pm

Steelpan Band                2:10 – 2:40

Drum Workshop             2:50 – 3:30   Please book on Eventbrite

Dance Workshop            3:30 – 4

Wuntanara                       4 – 4:30

African Performances    4 – 5:30

All Day:

Exhibition Dummyheads, Info about our work in Africa, Stalls

Salifest is a Free Annual Festival for all ages, backgrounds and abilities with Music, Dance and Art that celebrates our community, passion, sharing, good food and help for people in Guinea.

There are stalls, African food, raffle, community music performances, African drum and dance workshops and a grand finale with an African band.

For more info please contact us

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