The spirit of Africa at Stratford Circus

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 September 2012

Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, Stratford, E15 1BX.

Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, Stratford, E15 1BX.


Africa arrives as venue kick’s off their new season of theatre, music, and family fun.

Throwing themselves back into life as a community theatre after hosting Team Japan for London 2012, the Theatre Square venue now hosts the London African Music Festival until September 26.

This involves staging four productions including The Master Drummers of Africa, the world’s biggest drum orchestra, featuring 10 drummers from 10 African nations representing over 300 tribes.

This arresting performance will be followed by Ska Cubano, meshing unstoppable Jamaican rhythms with crazy Cuban brass, sonic dub artist Mad Professor with ‘Dub Me Crazy Africa’, and The Yoruba Women’s Choir of 10 female soloists and a six-piece band.

Families are invited to a free event on September 29 called Circlets Family Day, sponsored by East Village - Stratford’s newest neighbourhood in the Olympic Park - with activities from juggling to aerial trick cyclist performances to face painting.

Following their success at the Edinburgh Festival, Afrovibes 2012 arrive on October 4 and 5 to showcase world class artists from The Market Theatre in Johannesburg.

Stratford Circus’ cafe is even getting in on the act by transforming into Township Cafe with authentic African food and drinks, debates, post-show talks, late-night music, and workshops.

For detailed listings and tickets, visit or call 0844 357 2625.

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