Now that’s what you call an opening party!
It was so beautiful seeing people of all age, nationalities and walks of life having a great time together!
Great participation with crowds joining dance, drumming and singing workshops, all with big smiles on their faces. Every performance was met with incredible support and reception, as audiences danced and laughed along with the performers. Councillor Anna Rothery samba dancing whilst Katumba show band drummed away was an unforgettable sight!
What a way to open a space where everybody is welcome, build community, where you can explore different activities, discover new passions, get healthier physically and mentally, and of course, have a good time!
Katumba’s facebook post:
“We have to say a HUGE obrigada to everyone who supported this day in all the many different ways that make magic happen: our delivery collaborators sharing their skills on the day, Movema Capoeira For All C.I.C Phil Windever from Djembe Liverpool Samba Livre Liverpool; the talented photographers and radiographers Mark Lycett Phil Jenkins Paul Frost James O’Hanlon; @Anapaulasilva for the delicious Brazilian nibbles; community championer and our fairy godmother Liat Currie Toxteth TV and the tireless advocate for equality and diversity the incredible Cllr @Anna Rothery Mayoral Lead for Equalities who cut the ribbon officially opening and blessing the space for all that is to come!
Last but certainly not least, the Hub wouldn’t have become a reality without the vision and drive of our Founding Directors Juliana Pinheiro Landimand Ritchie Tunstall, the dream team Leigh-Angel Bevan and Romero Souza Leão and all the members of the Katumba family- too many who helped out to name here-who have from day one given their time, skills, support, encouragement and joined us in this incredible journey. We couldn’t have done with you.”
Some messages of love and encouragement below:
Proud of our amazing friends @KatumbaBloco and thrilled to be part of their opening. @IthaliaF will be teaching an African Dance class at 2.30 with @philipwindever , come along!! #liverpool #L8 #culture #Brazil #Movema #Katumba https://t.co/vNRXybsEoJ
— Movema Dance (@Movema) November 24, 2018
— Cllr Anna Rothery (@CllrAnnaRothery) November 27, 2018
What a blast at the official opening of @KatumbaBloco HQ! ? @jamesohanlon49 https://t.co/yiBDSAghYG #sambalivre #sambalivreliverpool #sambalivresambadancers #samba #dancers #carnival #liverpoolsamba #sambaliverpool #events #brazil #sambadancers #braziliandancers #entertainers pic.twitter.com/5ek1zqsY21
— Samba Livre Dancers (@sambalivrelpool) November 25, 2018
Lovely meeting @KatumbaBloco ! Event was amazing great workshops, African dance to drumming. Bringing the community together @BLANUK1 @toxtethtv Special guest @CllrAnnaRothery!! pic.twitter.com/gQvOZvaIJD
— BlackFest (@fest_black) November 25, 2018
Watch our official video below for a glimpse into our story so far: