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Musicians and dancers invited to widen their musical horizons with the Essex Global Music and Dance Weekend

18 July 2016

Essex County Council supported by the WOMAD Foundation, and in partnership with Colchester Institute, Colchester Arts Centre and Essex Cultural Diversity Project (ECDP), are launching the Global Music and Dance Weekend on 19 – 21 August 2016 for anyone aged 18 years old and above.

The weekend will include a series of exciting and immersive global music and dance workshops from Abass Dodoo, Ghana (drums), Mim Suleiman, Zanzibar (vocals), Ripton Lindsay, Jamaica (dance), Mauricio Velasierra, Colombia (vocal) and Heidi Heidleberg, UK (vocals/guitar).

Colchester shoppers will be given the opportunity to join in a street drumming workshop at Lion Walk, Colchester on Saturday 20 August at 2.30pm.

The artists will also be performing at Colchester Arts Centre on the evening of Saturday 20 August, doors open at 7.30pm. This will be an evening of global music and dance, with DJ Mr Benn and MC Souls Liberation for everyone to enjoy.

Arts Council funding has enabled the weekend to be available for a remarkable fee of £50 per person - this will include both venue and food. There will also be limited free places available for full-time Essex students or those on benefits which will be evidenced through means testing.

Cllr John Spence, Essex County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for Heritage, Culture and the Arts, said: “This is an incredible opportunity for musicians and dancers in Essex, who want to expand their skills and really immerse themselves in a weekend of learning from first class performers from across the globe. This melting pot of creativity has the potential to have great impact on young people who want to get ahead in a competitive industry.”

Tristan Clifton, Head of FE Music and Media at Colchester Institute comments: “Essex Global Music and Dance Weekend will provide an exciting and inspiring musical and creative experience. It is a great opportunity for the community and will be a truly fantastic event celebrating international culture. We are very pleased to be hosting this event at Colchester Institute.”

Stafford Glover, Executive Producer at Colchester Arts Centre comments: "Colchester Arts Centre is thrilled to join up with WOMAD Foundation and our esteemed local partners in playing an enthusiastic part in delivering the Global Music & Dance Weekender. It's an amazing chance for Essex musicians to really get the benefit of the huge experience of some highly accomplished artists - a chance to build on skills and perhaps expand horizons, with the all-important opportunity to meet like-minded artists and make new friends in the process. Grab it with both hands!"

Annie Menter – Creative producer and former director of the WOMAD Foundation:  “I am delighted to be heading up this fabulous weekend of global music with the support of the WOMAD Foundation. The weekend will be a wonderful opportunity for musicians to work with a group of outstanding artists from around the world.”
To book onto the Essex Global Music and Dance Weekend at Colchester Institute, visit their Eventbrite booking page: http://creativeartslive.colchester.ac.uk/events/essex-global-music-dance-weekend-supported-womad-foundation

To book tickets to see WOMAD Foundation artists perform at Colchester Arts Centre, visit: http://www.colchesterartscentre.com/events/world-music/a-night-of-high-octane-world-sounds-cauldron-dj-mrbenn-mc-souls-liberation/

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