The 11 hours of continuous entertainment includes:
An afternoon concert at 2pm from the wondrously ethereal London Bulgarian Choir, presented by Welsh singer songwriter and BBC 6Music broadcaster Cerys Matthews, who will also be sharing a song or two with them.
The third Quarter Final of Euro 2012 live from Donbass Arena, Donetsk, Ukraine, on the big screen (15 x 10 foot) at 7.45pm.
Or for football-phobics: Upstairs in the theatre space a performance of Mazloom by the Kieran Sheehan Dance Theatre featuring young Afghans living across South London, plus Clandestine Voices, a performance/installation by rising star Chloé Gayet.
And after the match/theatre: A Saturday night special gig featuring African Gypsies + Mangoes with Wanlov the Kubolor + Mighty M3nsa aka FOKN Bois (Romania/Ghana/UK), plus Hungarian punk artist Lazlo.
Plus East European cinema: I Even Met Happy Gypsies (Yugoslavia: dir. Aleksandar Petrović/ original Serbian title Skupljači perja) which back in 1967 won the Foreign Film Oscar and the Special Jury Prize at Cannes.
Round The Bloc is one of three free events that make up the biggest and best Celebrating Sanctuary London ever and are adding a loud buzz to this year’s Refugee Week. The other two events are Celebrating Sanctuary London, the free festival on the South Bank on Sunday, 17 June, and Casablanca at the Victoria & Albert Museum on Friday, 22 June. Round The Bloc is also part of Rich Mix’s East in East: Euro 2012 Festival, a free 20 day celebration of Eastern European music, DJs, arts, culture, films, food and football.
Notes on the artists:
LONDON BULGARIAN CHOIR: Dessislava Stefanova and the enormously popular choir invite you to join them in finding that ancient resonance in the depth of the human heart. Presented by the Welsh singer songwriter and BBC 6music broadcaster Cerys Matthews, who will be sharing a song or two with them.
AFRICAN GYPSIES + MANGOES: featuring rappers Wanlov the Kubolor and M3NSA aka the FOKN Bois (Romania/Ghana/UK), together with their DJ MR Hagan and guitarist Ryan Ansah. Wanlov was born in Romania, M3NSA in Ghana and together they form one of the funniest, wildly rockin’ hip hop acts you’re ever going see. Check Coz Ov Moni, the world’s first Pidgen musical http://youtu.be/xhKbiYohn6k or Thank God We’re Not A Nigerians if you don’t believe us. This award-winning, controversial duo are unmissable. You can check out their AfroGypsy flavour tonight
LAZLO (DR. DOOALOT): the punk intellectual who talks to the animals, a 100% East European original. From his base at his zoo outside Budapest, he has grafted a career as one of Europe’s most successful rock singers with a wicked style in biting, anthemic lyrics – homophobia … machismo … lust … anti consumerism, he does it all and gets banned in Hungary.
MAZLOOM is a work in progress by the KIERAN SHEEHAN DANCE THEATRE, a company which works nationally with excluded groups of society developing cross art form performance that articulates the issues they face. Eight young people originally from Afghanistan living across South London have spent four months developing Mazloom which tells the story of Asef, a 17-year old boy, who has recently been informed that he will be returned to a lawless Afghanistan.
CHLOÉ GAYET’s CLANDESTINE VOICES was originally performed by Tunji Falana and Chloé Gayet at the Lilian Baylis Studio as a Final Master Project. This is an installation version of this collaborative piece involving the participation of illegal immigrants who were interviewed and took part in the costume development and realisation. This piece aims to give them a voice, to raise awareness of an immigrant’s journey and to humanise the subject.
Twitter: @cslondonfest and @RefugeeWeek