Salifest 2022

Salifest 2022 – 24 September 11:30 – 17:30

For the Lewisham Cultural Year and coming out of the pandemic we partnered with the Red Ribbon Living Well group under the theme of Togetherness.  We were joined by new local artists, community groups and art forms from many backgrounds to celebrate and create connections and happiness. Salifest is a free community festival run by volunteers sharing cultural experience for people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities. The festival is held in memory of African drummer and Lewisham resident Salif Sylla whose love for music, culture and community inspired many lives locally and in Guinea. We are joined by local artists, community groups with music, dance, film, art work and craft making for children, food and stalls.
The program:
Music and dance performances by amateurs and professionals of all age groups in styles from Africa, Latin America, older and newer Western Pop;
Mini play by Nigerian actress about the West African freedom fighter M’Balia Camara;
Short films by local African film maker AK40 and Uk Latin American community group;
Arts and crafts displays by Red Ribbon and Diamond Club;
Climate Action Lewisham joined with craft activity for children making musical instruments out of recycled items;
African drum with Vieux Ansoumana Bakayoko workshop and dance workshop for all ages including children supported by local African band Wuntanara;
Movement and music workshop with Tai Chi for elders at 11:30am

This year’s theme of Togetherness highlights our shared humanity and promotes an inclusive community where everyone is welcome.
To give everyone the chance to take part we are keeping Salifest free but appreciate any donations to make this event and our work possible.
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Salifest 2019