Delhi set to hold special events ahead of Africa summit

New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS) Ahead of India hosting the India-Africa Forum Summit from October 26, a tribute would be paid in the national capital, beginning Saturday, to the shared bonds of arts and culture with Africa-themed performances.

Two special events – ‘Welcome Africa’ and ‘Africa in India’ – would be held on October 24, 25 and 31 at the Nehru Park in New Delhi by the Delhi International Arts Festival in alliance with New Delhi Municipal Council.

Welcome Africa event, to be held on October 24 and 25, will witness performances of soul-stirring ‘whirling dervish’ from Egypt, fun performances from Ethiopia, Indian bands, crossover music from Indian and African artistes, hip-hop, reggae and Afro beat from Congo, ‘Everything Nice’ from Nigeria, Afro de Asia’ percussion band with artistes from Ghana and India.

On October 31, during ‘Africa in India’, a specially choreographed performance would be held by artistes from African countries such as Zambia, Ghana, Uganda and ‘The Vessel’, an African choir from Kenya and Congo.

This performance will be first showcased in front of all heads of government/state from African countries and other dignitaries at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on October 29.

The performance for the public would be held on October 31. Entry to all events is free and on first-come-first-served basis, except for a few reserved rows.

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