New art group aims to showcase African artists and promote community cohesion

A new multidisciplinary arts group aims to showcase African talent based in Northern Ireland and foster community cohesion.

The Africa Arts Collective aims to be a platform for artists, from dancers to musicians, to showcase themselves.

Cuthbert Tura Arutura of Africa House NI said the idea came from African artists based in Northern Ireland who felt they were unable to make an impact individually and secure a wide range of work.

He described the impact of the coronavirus pandemic as galling for their reach.

Mr Arutura said artists wanted to share their culture with the people of Northern Ireland.

“We’ve seen that Africans and Irish people share a lot of experiences and art is a way of expressing that,” he said.

“This type of initiative addresses the isolation that some are arriving in Northern Ireland and is also another way for people to network.

“It’s about empowerment”

On October 5th artists from Africa and Northern Ireland will gather to celebrate the formation of the group at the Markets Community Center in Belfast.

Rahim Saphy, an acrobat, dancer and comedian from Tanzania, is the group’s first chairman.

“The Africa Arts Collective will bring joy, vibrancy, color and inspiration to the local arts scene,” he said.

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