This year's Deloitte Ignite at Royal Opera House. is curated by critically acclaimed artist, Yinka Shonibare, MBE, celebrated for works including Nelson's Ship in a Bottle, which he made for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, and a new commission for the Royal Opera House building. His vision for Deloitte Ignite 2012, Africa Weekend, is a celebration of traditional African and avant-garde arts and culture, expressing Africa's global contribution to the contemporary arts world.
The weekend will feature cinema, visual arts, music, food and a club night, all fusing to highlight the surprising aspects of the expressions of contemporary African artists.
In the photography of Rotimi Fani-Kayode, co-founder of photographic agency Autograph ABP, we see his interpretation of gay African identity along the lines of the work of Robert Mapplethorpe. John Akomfrah, founding member of the Black Audio Film Collective, will be curating the best of African cinema in Covent Garden Piazza. Josephine Amankwah and Tunde Jegede will be performing African Messiah, an African celebration of Handel's Messiah, curated by Josephine Amankwah. Tavaziva Dance will perform Sensual Africa, a dance work inspired by Bawren Tavaziva's trip to Malawi. Victor Gama's interactive exhibition of contemporary musical instruments inspired by African instruments, is complemented by a concert featuring the instruments with Victor performing alongside other musicians from Angola and Portugal. Improvizations from Alesandra Seutin bring together African dance, ballet and contemporary dance. Alesandra and IRIE! Dance Theatre will also lead workshops. Yinka will be participating too, exhibiting several of his own works. Tickets for the daytime events are free. Special guests for the evening concerts will include Radio 1xtra's DJ Edu, who will take over the Linbury Studio Theatre with his mix of African underground, and Tony Allen, who, along with Fela Kuti, created the sound of Afrobeat.
The festival runs from 31 August to 2 September 2012.