Salifest is on 30 September 2023 this year. See more Salifest 2023

Thank you for funding from: the Mayor of London: “Connecting Communities Fund” And Sporting Equals for helping to make this event possible. Salifest brings together so many different people!

See  Salifest 2022 here

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

When attendees were asked at Salifest 2019 if they would you come again 97.5.% said Yes and  2.5% Maybe! 80% said they enjoyed it very much and 12% enjoyed quite a lot.

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!

Every last Saturday in September we hold Salifest, a vibrant Annual Festival for all Ages, Backgrounds and Abilities with Music, Dance and Art by and for the community. We celebrate all our diverse communities, 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. Salifest is entirely run by community volunteers and we invite anyone to join in the fun and make it happen! We have had many performers of all ages including Primary school steel-an band Royal Steel, West-African band Wuntanara, Lewisham Pensioner Forum ukulele band, Secondary pupil’s spoken word with piano and much more. We also offer space for community Art exhibition.  For more info contact  The last few years we have been part of the Catford Arts Trail and the Creative Ageing Festival.

We are hoping to extend Salifest to show more visual Arts. We are inviting all our communities to perform or attend. 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! 

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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


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

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1st Salifest 2008 Film


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