Everyone was welcome to join a batik workshop for the Culture night of Mariehamn 2013! We offered, together with Emmaus Åland, the opportunity to colour your favourite clothing and try the African way of batik with your own design! The participants brought clothes with them, or bought second hand clothes in the shop of Emmaus! See pictures here!
We had a audio-visual concert with a large audience in the beautiful city library of Mariehamn where we had pictures and videos shown at the same time as we performed. Jeanette Heidenberg was joining us with backing vocals. You can listen to some examples from the concert on our audio section.
A day of West African culture! We had workshops in djembe and dance and lecures in the culture from Benin in Helsinki!
See more info here!
We were invited to perform for pre-school children on Åland. The children were fascinated and enjoyed meeting the marionettes and dancing to the music of the djembe.
During the festival Jakobs dagar, we were fortunate to have concerts for the enjoyment in homes for the Elderly. The marionettes and music was very much appreciated.
We worked with preparing students from College d’Enseignement Général de Grand-Popo for cultural exchange in Finland. Georges made batik clothes for the students, gave one marionette for the journey and practiced music, singing and dancing for a concert in Helsinki. Continue reading
We performed on Åland during the “Restaurant weeks” (8-9.6 2012). The 9th of June is also the day for celebrating the autonomy and demilitarization of the Åland Islands. Some info about the event could be seen (in Swedish) in the news paper Ålandstidningen.
Seven happy children and two mothers joined our workshop in how to make your own African marionette the 17th of June! We made marionettes during the day and had music, manipulation of the marionettes and a show in the evening. You can find a flyer in Swedish here.
Here you can find a promotional video that we made from the workshop.
We were representing Villa Karo ystävät ry (Les amis de Villa Karo, Finland) to perform and hold workshops in a charity festival for children in the center of Helsinki, Narkikkatori. The event will be organized by Villa Karon ystävät ry, 09 Helsinki Human rights, Walter ry, Radio SPIN FM, YMCA and other parties.
Camilla was invited to perform at UNESCO world day for cultural diversity. The event took place in the City library in Mariehamn, Åland and was organized byInternationella gruppen inom socialdemokraterna, Ålands mångkulturella förening and ABF.
Here is a videoclip from the event.
The weekend of 19-20 of May the festival MIABA (Marché international d’arts du Bénin et d’Afrique) was seen in Grand-Popo withe local artists, music, performances and exhibitions.
You can find photos from the event here.
We joined the festival together with Faride Lala for “Jakobsdagar” for four days where we performed with concerts, marionettes, stilt dance, batik exhibition. The detailed program can be seen here (in Swedish).
We performed with Franck Koumolou with music, stilts and marionettes for Ingå Culture night.
Camilla also joined Janna Thorström for a performance with text reading and piano invitation on Friday the 10.8.
We built a new, beautiful roof for our Center the traditional African way. Here are some pictures showing how the work was done.
Some new marionettes have come to life in our Center. Here are some pictures for your enjoyment.
Our doors are open! The people of Grand-Popo, staff and residents of Villa Karo (the Finnish-African Culture Center) and a journalist from the news paper Quotidien Nokoué enjoyed an evening with music, marionettes and theater where the children of our Christmas workshops were special guest stars, dancing, singing and performing with marionettes together with the musicians of CLAN. The beautiful back drop of the concert was made by the artist Gabin Ayohouannon.
On the Chrismas evening of 24.12 we celebrated the afternoon with 52 children in the garden of our Center, singing, dancing, practicing marionettes and contes (storytelling) and in the evening we offered entertainment in collaboration with the restaurant and hotel Saveurs d’Afrique and the musicians of the band CLAN. The children performed for each other with what they have learned to the accompaniment of CLAN, Papa Noël visited and delivered gifts to the accompaniment of the ballafon.
When the schools had their Christmas break 2011-12 we welcomed the local children of families of lesser means to participate in free workshops of marionettes, dance, singing, music and contes (storytelling). We offered food and enjoyment, but also a way for the children to learn and express themselves in different art forms. At the busiest days we had 50-60 children participating in the beautiful garden or underneath the mango tree of our Center. These workshops were also part of the festival Festimarch.
Our Center opened up our doors and the festival FESTIMARCH with a free, professional, three-week-course in African marionettes for a group of local musicians of Grand-Popo in december of 2011. We invited Richard Ahoungassi from Mali to teach how to manufacture and manipulate marionettes. Our goal is to inspire and teach a way to make a living of the Art of marionettes.
The brand new course of Free piano (Fri på piano in Swedish) was held at Kungsvägens Musikinstitut in Esbo, Finland in October-November 2011. One parent wrote this feedback in an email: ”Hi Camilla, you do such a wonderful job, I am so impressed by you!! xxx has enjoyed the days and I think the others have done the same.”
A large group of musicians, friends and partners bound together though Villa Karo and Georges Agbazahou met in Helsinki to talk about the upcoming project in 2012: “Benin day of culture in Finland” and the project of building a studio in Grand-Popo.
World music system performed at the Music house club at the Sibelius-Academy in October 2011. Mr Agbazahou brought gasps from the audience when he entered with his stilts to start off the concert. Aleksi Saraskari joined with his tuba and Jeanette Heidenberg on backing vocals. The concert ended on a high with marionettes and the audience was on their feet dancing.