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!
10 REASONS TO GO TO BATUKE!
BATUKE! is part of the Notting Hill Carnival, the world 2nd largest carnival. When you join us you can be part of it too in the safety of the parade.
No matter what level you are there is something for you to enjoy! From Kizomba to many other Afro - Luso dances and influences.
The workshops are unique. We are always thinking of new things! You can learn to dance, play an instrument and even sing!
The price is amazing = 3 Party nights + Shows + over 30 workshops for less than £50! That's it, you can book now : )
The artists are not chosen only for their social media view numbers. It's good to be popular but nothing beats experience!
BATUKE! was recognised by the Arts Council of England as a crucial event promoting Afro-Luso culture in the UK. Yes, we are proud!
Parties are legendary!! Our DJs bring you tru flava AND trendy kizomba too. This year: later licenses...after parties...get ready.
Saturday night show is a production directed by Iris De Brito. This year she returns to form! Be surprised.
Already an experienced dancer? Join the most advanced workshops and bootcamps!
The festival remains a good size event creating more opportunities to connect personally with artists and participants.