Global Village Returns

Metal have announced the return of the much loved Global Village stage to this year’s Village Green festival. The stage, curated by Indi Sandhu Project Manager. Essex Cultural Diversity Project brings together outstanding acts from all over the world to create what will be a truly unique festival spectacular. The Global Village is sponsored by Atlantic Pacific who have supported the stage over the last 3 years and through their contribution the Global Village has grown strength to strength.

In the mix expect to see Afro Brazil Celebra // BrazilArte and Open the Gate come together to showcase world class cultural artists celebrating the legacy of London 2012 and getting us ready for the Rio Olympics 2016. Bringing carnival drums and an amazing street party atmosphere BrazilArte // BrazilArte will the showcasing the delights of Brazilian music, dance and capoeira, and also offer workshops for all ages to join in and have fun.

That party atmosphere can only get hotter with the sensational Divyarup Latin Band from Sao Paulo. The Divyarup Latin Band will bring the soul of Bossanova and Samba to the stage with their fantastic engaging melodies and irresistible toe tapping Brazilian rhythms.

Expect red hot Guinean rhythms with Wuntanara, which means ‘we are together’. This premier West African music and dance ensemble blend is the exciting creation of master drummer Souleymane Compo and features exciting and soulful village songs accompanied by traditional West African instruments.

Bem Aventurados is also expected to be a big hit at the Southend festival. A true Rastafari from Salvador Bahia Aventurados will be playing the roots of reggae music, a blend of Brazilian, Jamaican and Original reggae music.
Delighting audiences since an early age is TONY DUDU & THE GUMBE JAZZ . When he was nine years old DUDU built his first guitar from an olive oil tin, a broom handle and two nylon strings. Tony’s music now is a fusion between African rhythms, Latin grooves, south African rhythms and Jazz. Watch out for Tony on the Global Village stage in the late afternoon.

Global Village also promises Bollywood dance, Assou Assiyagh with his brilliant Dance Afrik workshops, Hungarian Dance workshops from the Southend Hungarian community and traditional Mozambique music with Nelson & Friends and ArtViva. Keep your eyes peeled for International artist’s, Lata Upadhyaya, ‘rickshaw ‘artwork, entitled ‘6919 km’ which will be exhibited near the stage.

Sean McLoughlin, the Village Green festival director said, ‘This year’s Global Village line up is just amazing. Through a series of interactive workshops and colourful, drumtastic live performances we will be, in true Village Green fashion, celebrating diverse cultures from around the world through dance, music and art right here in our little patch of Essex. We are also really pleased to be working with Open the Gate, a cultural organization promoting positive and contemporary image of African & Diaspora arts, crafts, music, design and culture. Tickets are selling fast now so get yours now to ensure you’re able to join the fun and celebrations.’

Musical highlights at Village Green also include headliners Rag N’ Bone Man, Tiggs da Author, Billy Bragg and the Stereo MCs. For full line up including the Artists Village, Mini Green, outdoor arts and workshops please visit
• FREE for 10 years and under;
• £5 for 11-17 year olds
• £12.50 for an adult ticket

On festival day (9th July) adult tickets are £15.

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