Routes & Roots – Festival of the African Diaspora
To celebrate Halloween and Black History Month, ‘Routes & Roots’ is two weeks of free family-friendly cultural, arts and wellbeing activities & events across Liverpool!
Every October, Katumba holds a range of events across L8 and L1 that culminates in the Katumba Halloween Parade in Liverpool City Centre! Merging a variety of incredible combined arts, we bring professional artists from across the UK to work with the local community in delivering an imaginative outdoor, immersive spectacle.
This year, we’re reviving our tradition with a twist! Partnering up with other organisations from the newly formed BlaST (Black & Brown Social Traders Network)*, we’re delivering ‘Routes & Roots – Festival of the African Diaspora’; two weeks of cultural and wellbeing activities – including the annual Katumba Halloween Carnival – celebrating the heritage, culture and wellbeing practices of people of the African Diaspora during Black History Month, and welcoming the whole community to join in.
KEY DATES & EVENTS
Saturday 16th October – Festival Opening Day
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A full day of workshops for all ages, offering a taste of different art forms and activities from the diaspora! This is also an opportunity to find out about more upcoming community workshops where you can learn / build elements that will be part of the Katumba Halloween Carnival on the 31st – and have a chance to perform yourself (if you wish to)!
- Where: The Bombed Out Church (except the Slavery Walking Tour which begins at Blackburne House)
- All activities will be free, but pre-booking is essential (links below)
- Limited tickets available on the door
PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES (16th October)
12:30 – 14:30 Liverpool & Slavery Walking Tour (Laurence Westgaph).
12:30 – 13:30 African Fusion Dance Workshop (Movema).
14:00 – 14:45 Bootcamp Fitness (Centre of Development).
15:00 – 15:45 Capoeira: African Roots (Capoeira For All C.I.C).
16:15 – 17:15 Voice For Vibe: Spoken Word & African Drumming (Curtis Watt).
12:00 – 17:00 Dr.Bike Service & Repair (Cycle of Life).
17th – 30th October – Community Workshops
A diverse programme of workshops around L8 including carnival workshops (capoeira, dance, spoken word and lantern-making) that will give you the chance to learn skills and/or build props to showcase at the Katumba Halloween Carnival on the 31st!
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- All Katumba activities can be booked on the links further down.
- For activities delivered by other organisations, please book on the email or telephone numbers provided in the full programme here.
Sunday 24th October, 10am Lantern Making Workshops (LUMA Creations & Katumba). Book free tickets here.
Monday 25th October, 7pm Katumba Drumming Taster for Adults (Katumba). Book free tickets here.
Wednesday 27th October, 1:30pm Family Drumming (Katumba). Book free tickets here.
Friday 29th October, 6pm Wellness Evening: Yoga, Massage, Acupuncture (Katumba). Book free tickets here.
31st October – Katumba Halloween Carnival
Come to town, keep your ear to the ground and follow the sounds!
?WHERE CAN I CATCH THE KATUMBA HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL?
– City Centre (including Liverpool One)
– Surprise Pop Up street performances-keep your ear to the ground to catch light art, carnival drumming, capoeira fighting, world dance, puppets, magic lantern displays and more!
– No tickets needed.
– 31st October
– No pre-booking required (OTD). Limited space available on a first come first served basis.
All interspersed with fire, puppetry and magical projection displays.
Check back here for updates on all upcoming events and activities!
*BlaST is the Black & Brown Social Traders Network, officially launching on the 31st of October to connect and support Socially Trading Organisations (STO’s) by ethnically diverse leaders in the Liverpool City Region. With thanks to funding from Kindred.