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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

Catford Fringefestival Dance Workshop

Alanouwaly is on Broadway!

Well Catford Broadway. Please pass it on! We are proud to be part of the Catford Fringefestival Be part of it too. Sadly this had to be cancelled! Get in touch if you want to find out about other classes or our free Annual Community Festival. You can also sign up to selected emails of news and activities.


10 Years of Alanouwaly

10 years of Alanouwaly

Have a look and see what we have achieved in the 10 years of Alanouwaly’s existence.

Just click links below and photos and achievements of the 10 years will open in PDF format. Because they are big files with lots of photos they will take a little time to open, but it will be very much worth it!


10 Years Alanouwaly

1: Our Story

2: Activities UK

3: Alanouwaly Guinea

4: Donations, Help and Materials

5: Other Projects in Guinea

6: The Water Project

7: The Building of the big house in photos

8: The Building of the Guesthouse in photos

9: Guests and Volunteers Facilities

10: The Computer Learning Project

11: Growing Food & Animals at the Centre

10th Salifest

10th Salifest

The 10th Anniversary Saturday, 30.September was truly special! It was completely free in the style of an African Sacrifice and we had more than 200 people attending throughout the day. A special Thanks to Lewisham Council who funded some of this and other workshops and concerts leading up to Salifest!


See the film 10th Salifest on our Home page.

Dance Workshop with Mariama and Drumzkool

Mariama dance Salifest17

Drum workshop led by Vieux Bakayoko with friends

Vieux Drum Salifest17

Sock-puppet making with Andor

Sockpuppet Salifest17

African Food & Home-made cakes, Candy-floss & popcorn

cakes Salifest17 meals Salifest17

Candyfloss Salifest17

Black History Month Quiz and displays with LEMP

info of our work in Africa

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Hand-crafted items with Cynthia and Julie

Cynthia Salifest17 Julie Salifest17


2 ! Masseuses

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Live Performances of African music, Reggae, special guest Lady J, Patrick, LETSwing; Drumzkool community band and African Band with Wuntanara’s Souleymane & Abram; Vieux; Pape; Mamadou; Lou; Hassan; Cobra; and many more joining in.

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