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Essex Global Music and Dance Weekend

supported by the WOMAD Foundation

19 – 21 August 2016 at Colchester Institute, Essex

Come and join us for our first Essex Global Music and Dance Weekend– a great opportunity to take part in a fantastic weekend creating music and dance with artists from across the globe – Ghana, Jamaica, Zanzibar, Colombia and UK.  Learn new techniques, explore new genres – develop new skills and take part in collaborations. 

An exciting, immersive weekend of workshops and master classes will be taking place at Colchester Institute and Colchester Arts Centre  (address and contact below). This is a chance to widen your musical horizons and learn from the best……  Abass Dodoo, Mim Suleiman, Mauricio Velasierra, Ripton Lindsay and Heidi Heidleberg will be there to guide, encourage and support you. 

Artist profiles

Abass Dodoo

Pick up a drum and meet master drummer/percussionist Abass Dodoo (Ghana). His charismatic teaching style and generous presence make his sessions productive, fast and furious.  After this weekend your drumming will never be the same!  (drums provided)

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Mim Suleiman

Explore vocal techniques, rhythm and song writing with Mim Suleiman (Zanzibar) Singing has never been so much fun and Mim’s infectious enthusiasm will stretch your vocal chords and ignite your creative talents.

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Ripton Lindsay
Step into the groove and make the moves with Jamaican dance maestro Ripton Lindsay, world- class dancer, choreographer, DJ and poet.  His Jamaican roots remain at the heart of his urban style, encompassing hip-hop, street and cool contemporary.

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Mauricio Velasierra

Working with a rich source of undiscovered Colombian rhythms Mauricio Velasierra (Colombia) will take you on an adventure in finding your own voice to develop exciting new playing and composition skills.

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Heidi Heidleberg

Guitarist, singer and experimental music maker Heidi Heidleberg (UK) bends all the rules to ensure young people have access to music. A gifted teacher and performer she welcomes everyone to her sessions to find their ‘element’.

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Further information

£50 for the weekend (Friday  - Sunday) Includes accommodation, meals, admission to Colchester Arts Centre performance Saturday evening with ‘Cauldron’ and DJ Mr Benn & MC Souls Liberation and final showcase on Sunday afternoon (friends and family welcome) 

There are a number of free subsidised places available on a first come basis.  Contact us to check if you are eligible. 

Booking Details

To book please either go to www.creativeartslive.co.uk or call the Box Office 01206 712999 or email for more information creativeartslive@colchester.ac.uk

This exciting opportunity is for musicians/dancers aged 18+, who have experience of playing or performing or really want to expand their practice.

To book tickets for ‘Couldron’ at Colchester Arts Centre on 20th August, go to http://www.colchesterartscentre.com/events/world-music/a-night-of-high-octane-world-sounds-cauldron-dj-mrbenn-mc-souls-liberation/


Workshops and family performance:- Colchester Institute, Sheepen Road, Colchester, Essex CO3 3LL

Saturday evening performance:- Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF