6 July 2012 at 8.30am | Comment on this article
Further details of this year's African themed Deloitte Ignite line-up have been released.The event is being curated by internationally renowned artist Yinka Shonibare and is themed around Africa's global contribution to culture.
Across the weekend
Throughout Saturday and Sunday visitors will be able to experience a unique exhibition of contemporary African musical instruments created in Angola by composer, performer and designer Victor Gama. Live demonstrations will take place, as will a free concert at 7pm on both days.
A retrospective of the photography of Rotimi Fani-Kayode will be displayed over the weekend. Fani-Kayode explored the tensions created by sexuality, race and culture in his work and was a founding member of Autograph, the Association of Black Photographers in London.
Visitors will be able to see samples of curator Yinka Shonibare's own work within the festival. Among other works, his films Odile and Odette, Un ballo in maschera and Addio del Passato will be screened in the Linbury Studio Theatre. Yinka's sculpture of a ballerina in a globe was unveiled on the side of the Royal Opera House earlier in the month.
A wide selection of food from across Africa will be available across the weekend.
The festival will open with an introductory talk featuring cultural historian Gus Casely-Hayford and Yinka. This will be followed by a concert from Afrobeat co-founder Tony Allen and Niaja Centric Orchestra and special guests. This event is ticketed, with entry costing £25 with £20 concessions.
Saturday will see open workshops by Alesandra Seutin, founder of Vocab Dance Company. Alesandra will use professional dancers to demonstrate how traditional African dance can be fused with Western classical and contemporary movement.
The Tavaziva Dance Company will be performing in the Linbury Studio Theatre on the same day. The work, entitled Sensual Africa, was inspired by choreographer Bawren Tavaziva's trip to Malawi.
A club night from BBC Radio1Xtra's DJ Edu will bring the sound of the African underground, from Egypt to Nigeria, to the Royal Opera House for Saturday's climax. This event is ticketed, with entry costing just £10.
A classical concert curated by mezzo soprano Josephine Amankwah will take place on Sunday. The event will feature African Messiah by composer Tunde Jegede. The piece will be performed by The African Classical Music Ensemble among others.