From: Equator Festival [events_at_equatorfestival_dot_com]

Sent: 31 October 2011 13:16

Subject: Equator Festival - Zimbabwean group Black Umfolosi and a special Indian Dinner event with dance in Ashford and Folkestone






Nov 1st 2011


Equator Festival continues on Sunday 6th and Monday 7th November

with  Black Umfolosi

who bring inspirational song and dynamic African dance to Kent

and a celebratory Indian Dinner event with dance and music on Sat Nov 12th


Black Umfolosi - the international Zimbabwean band perform

in Ashford and Folkestone as part of their national tour

on Nov 6th and Nov 7th







Be a supporter of Equator - Become an Equator Member for less than 25p a week and you can get 10% discount on  all Ashford tickets as well as on Cds and merchandise sold at all our events. You will also get a 10% discount in certain gourmet restaurants around Ashford where we have tasted the excellent food.   You can pay the annual member's fee of 12 by cheque or at the door.  Do email us and we will send you further details.



Black Umfolosi - one of Zimbabwe's most dynamic musical bands will be perform in Kent as part of the fifth Equator Music festival. The band will entertain audiences with heartfelt traditional songs and dance from their native southern Africa -

Sunday 6th November, 5pm  at the Ashford Youth Theatre with a workshop included

Monday 7th November,7.45pm at The Quarterhouse in Folkestone as part of the Folkestone Book Festival.  


Black Umfolosi was formed in 1982 by school friends in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, who named themselves after the Umfolozi Omnyama River in South Africa- to where their ancestors can be traced. Over the years the band have toured extensively and their trademark harmonies - mixed with intricate rhythms, clicking and clapping - are highlighted during their brilliantly choreographed shows with a full range of movements from subtle to vibrant stomping and leaping!


The group's popular, mesmerising Gumboot dances showcase the traditional styles and rituals of the South African mining regions.



Indian dinner, with dance and music in Ashford


Sat November 12th, North School, Essella Road, 8 pm




A celebratory evening of Indian dance, music and traditional Indian food.

 Live entertainment from cross- cultural masters ShivaNova and their ensemble of talented international musicians and stunning dancers performing traditional Indian and Bollywood pieces combined with contemporary influences captivating audiences with their high energy performances.


Audiences also have the opportunity to participate in Indian drumming and Bollywood dance workshops before the performance from 7pm.


The Equator Festival, organised by Shiva Nova, runs until the 3rd December across a number of venues in Ashford, Chatham, Folkestone and Whitstable.


Priti Paintal director of ShivaNova said: "We are thrilled to be promoting such a wide range of high-quality music events in Kent .This season we have some spectacular acts which in addition to the gum boot dances from the sell-out Zimbabwean group Black Umfolosi, Gypsy and Latin sounds and a rather special Indian dinner and dance event".


Special offer - If you buy full- priced tickets for 2 Ashford events you will get the lower priced ticket half-price.


For full listings visit:

To join our mailing list email us at events_at_equatorfestival_dot_com



The EQUATOR series is supported by Arts Council England, Kent County Council, Ashford Borough Council, Shepway Borough Council, the Quarterhouse, Medway Council, Kent Music and ShivaNova.


Equator Kent Festival listings details follow below:



Saturday 8th October 7.30pm


St. Mary's Church,

The Churchyard,


TN23 1QG

9, 6, 2 (child)

01233 330316

CoCo Xpress Salsa + workshop


Friday 21st October 8pm




Norton Knatchbull, Hythe Road, Ashford

TN24 0QJ


Adults 6 child (4-16) 4 Students 2 Deadline for entry Oct 10th

01233 330316



Equator Music Competition


Sunday 23rd October 5.00pm




Horsebridge Arts Centre, 11 Horsebridge Rd,

Kent CT5 1AF


12, 8 conc, 2 children

01227 281174


Black Umfolosi incl workshop


Sunday 6th November 5.00pm




Ashford Youth Theatre, 1 Dover Place, Ashford

TN23 1HU


9, 6, 2 (child)

01233 330316


Black Umfolosi incl workshop



Monday 7th November 7.45pm




Quarterhouse, Tontine Street,

Kent CT20 1JR


10 and 7 conc, child 1

01303 858500


Black Umfolosi




Saturday 12th November 8pm




North School, Essella Road, Ashford

TN24 8AL



14, 6(child)

01233 330316


Indian Dance, Music and Dinner

Friday 18th November 7.30pm, 6.30pm Dance Workshop


Brook Theatre, Old Town Hall, Chatham


Tickets - 9 adults, 6 concs, children 2

01634 338338

Kasai Masai

Saturday 19th November 7.30pm


Ashford Youth Theatre, 1 Dover Place, Ashford

TN23 1HU


9, 6 conc, 2 (child)

01233 330316

Tatcho Drom - Gypsy Fiddle Feast


Saturday 3rd December 7.30pm


St. Mary's Church

The Churchyard

TN23 1QG

9, 6 conc, 2 (child)

01233 330316


Master Blues Brothers


Book online for Ashford events at

Tickets also available from Ashford Visitor Information Centre, 2nd Floor, Ashford Gateway Plus,Church Road, TN23 1QX, 01233 330316, tourism_at_ashford_dot_gov_dot_uk,

Also from Right Track Music Shop, 25-27 Tufton Street, TN23 1QN,

info_at_righttrackmusicshop_dot_co_dot_uk  01233 662682


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