The story of BATUKE! Festival
The Batuke! Festival started out of our passion for the music and dance of Afro - Portuguese countries. We realised that there is a special rapport and connection between all the Portuguese speaking countries, a recognition of common experiences through music and dance. In 2010, when we started there was no platform in the UK where Afro - Portuguese artists were represented, the community could experience their culture in a professional space, young and old, and share their common heritage. So, we decided to just go ahead and do it ourselves! We self produced initially through our regular events. It was very risky, but we believed in it so we made it work! The team derived from Iris De Brito social dance school at the time - Studio Afro Latino. Roles were delegated, artists contacted, plenty of volunteering support and voila! We became the go - to festival in the UK representing Afro-Portuguese culture, created a space for artistic development, cultural exchange and research. Guest artists came from the USA, France, Senegal, Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique and the UK. We were founded by the Arts Council for 5 years and developed creative partnerships.
In 2019 we achieved a fantastic milestone with our 10th Anniversary and decided to have a break.
We are now looking towards developing a new event, investing in organisational development and research. Make sure you continue to follow us and connect with us through Afro - Portuguese culture!
STAR DJs 2017
DJS STAR 2017
BATUKE! has a long tradition of inviting artists that are reknown for the quality of their work, their expertise and ability to communicate to a diverse audience. The festival encourages artists to share their various paths and experience to connect with other artists through exchanging good practices in an open and dedicated cultural space which focuses on the Afro-Luso diaspora. This year, the focus is on Carnival traditions: Carnival has always been a special space where cultures fuse rhythms and trends to create new ideas. The Carnival theme will run throughout classes, shows and parties!
Workshops for all levels in:
Afro with Live drums
Ladies Afro Ginga
Angolan carnival rhythms
don't forget to check out all the seminars and get your Carnival T-Shirt and costume!