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At the end of 2014, UK Arts International relocated from the West Midlands to Margate in Kent, signifying a repositioning of the company's focus.

 

As well as retaining our national and international remit, we are excited at the prospect of being more involved at a local level and to contributing to the area's growing reputation as an emerging hub for the arts and creative media.

 

UK Arts is known for its intercultural and international work (The Harder They Come, Township Stories,  Gumboots etc)  and we look forward getting to know and working with the different communities of East Kent.

 

UKAI's office is now located at the historic Theatre Royal Margate, the second oldest regional theatre in the country.

 

We look forward to opportunities for collaborations between UKAI and Theatre Royal and to developing intercultural projects which will both contribute to the diversity of the theatre's already excellent programme, as well as extending the scope of UK Arts International.

 

Alongside this change, the company will retain its focus on South Africa, continuing to work with some of the country's most interesting and innovative artists, including Brett Bailey.

 

Over the coming months, we will be exploring ways of bringing these threads together, and ways in which we can contribute to and enrich the cultural life of the area.

 

 

Afrovibes 2014

 

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 2014 marked twenty years since the first democratic elections in South Africa - and the most recent Afrovibes festival, which finished in November, celebrated work created post 1994, commemorating this important chapter in South Africa's history.

 

Afrovibes 2014 was the third edition of the festival in the UK.  Visiting seventeen venues in thirteen towns and cities throughout England, Scotland and Wales, the festival was the most extensive to date. In fact, Afrovibes is now the largest touring festival of South African performing arts in the world.

 

The 2014 festival featured over fifty artists in ten different live productions of theatre, dance and music as well as film, an exhibition, play readings, workshops, seminars - and of course, South African themed catering in the specially designed Township Cafes.

 

There were collaborations between UK and South African artists, such as the Chill Pill's involvement in Revivalists, and the collaboration between theatre makers in the North East of England and South Africa's Eastern Cape in Mamela. There were topical theatre productions - Rhetorical, Skierlik and Rainbow Scars -  virtuoso dance performances - Mana, Biko's Quest, Dark Cell and Uncles and Angels - while The Soil's wonderful a cappella sounds rang through all the festival venues.

 

So, a big thank you to all the artists and all the venues that made the 2014 festival such a success, to all those who worked on the festival and to our partners - Afrovibes Netherlands, Bilimankhwe Arts and Africa in Motion.

 

Thanks too, to Arts Council England and the SA / UK Seasons, since without their generous support, Afrovibes would simply not be able to happen.

 

To find out more about Afrovibes and to see footage and images from the most recent festival, go to www.afrovibesUK.com