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The City Arts Dome will become an intimate venue for the festival, hosting live music and theatre. These include performances of Stephen Jon’s new family show, The Maid of Mariposa in which he tell a story with shadow puppets. There will be music from the brilliant virtuoso African kora player Sura Susso and foot-stomping sounds from Romani Voice, a four-piece ensemble who perform traditional Roma Folk music and dance.
As well as performance there will be opportunities for you to get involved. On Saturday, Indian artist Sandeep Raval will lead a Drum Circle workshop exploring the art of percussion. On both days families are invited to don their wellies and take part in a South African gum boots workshop where you will learn about the dances and movements miners in South Africa developed to keep themselves motivated and entertained during a hard day of work.
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If you want to be certain of seats for a particular event in the Dome, you can book places by e-mailing email@example.com with your name, phone and e-mail contact, post code and specific ticket requirements.
Alternatively please telephone Night of Festivals bookings on 0116 261 6882 (Mon – Friday 9am -5pm)
In addition to the Dome programme there will be carnival performance throughout both days, led by the outstanding Mandinga Arts and Paraiso Samba. Mandinga will be parading its five metre high, fluorescent Giant Skeleton and a fantastic range of new character puppets and costumes inspired by Animal Farm, including Napoleon’s pigs, frogs, cats and giant birds.
The Festival’s Storytelling Yurt will host The Storytelling Cafe, with 30 minute performances, on the hour, of stories from around the world from a team of three accomplished storytellers. Engrossing and inspiring stories such as the Indian tale The Boatman and Swiss tale The Little Bone are suitable for the whole family.