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

“ London is quite diverse and sometimes you feel you are in your own different pockets… It’s [Salifest] an event where you feel people are fusing together.” Ama Nwogu

Inspired by the late Guinean musician Salif Sylla, amazing musician, dancer, personality, funny, and unbelievably generous! Anyone who has met him can’t forget his laugh, energy, talent and his unlimited giving! Salifest is entirely run by community volunteers and we invite anyone to join in the fun and make it happen!

We are hoping to extend Salifest to show more visual Arts. We are inviting all our communities. The festival has free entry to be accessible to people who can’t afford to pay. We appreciate any amount of support to make this possible! You can donate here. And do remember Gift Aid if you are a tax payer, it will not cost you anything. Do leave comments. Thank You!

How it all started:  Films from 1st Salifest in 2008

2017 was our 10th Anniversary! 

Lewisham Logo

With the support from Lewisham Council we were able to run 2 school drumming workshops and 2 elders African Dance workshops, as well as preliminary concert in the Catford shopping precinct. For more photos and info see 10th Salifest

Prendergast Ladywell school

Diamond class dance workshop


Vieux Drum Salifest17 Dancing Salifest17

In times when people create deliberate divisions between people it is even more important to celebrate our togetherness accepting of all our differences.

Salifest 15 Badenha Foli-2

for more info contact

Salifest 15 Dance

Every year on the last Saturday in September we organise this music festival to remember and celebrate Salif and his generous spirit. Everybody attending and contributing gives their time, skills and energy freely from their heart. Nobody is paid and it is running completely on whatever attendees are able to contribute. This is very important to us and we very much appreciate everybody, who donates a bit of themselves with equal value of all contributors.

Salifest Comments


Since Alanouwaly Salifou Sylla Foundation is about cultural exchange and getting people together, absolutely everybody is welcome to contribute. There are performance opportunities for any style of music.

1st Salifest 2008 Film


We allocate a children’s play-area with toys/crafts inside and there is space to run around or play football outside. We have many volunteers cooking yummy African food and home-made cakes for all of us with a sweet tooth. We have a stall selling many donated goods and information about our activities are displayed. We are always welcoming new people and groups to share music food and fun with us.


Salif Fest is both a Fundraising event, and a Community Festival to bring people from all backgrounds, cultures, abilities and ages together and creating friendship and understanding of each other’s culture through music and celebration. Understanding and Fun creates Harmony!

Salif Fest 11