Rwandan children’s dance fever in CrowthorneBy Victoria Waterfield
November 09, 2010
Children from a war-torn African nation will entertain audiences in Crowthorne on Saturday. Victoria Waterfield explains
Children from Rwanda and Sudan will bring their vibrant and lively African music and dance performances back to Berkshire later this month.
Touring the UK for for the third time, the youngsters are being supported by the Angels Charity.
“Music and dance play an important role in the traditions of Rwandan people,” says Clare Walters of the Angels Charity.
“In 1994, the country suffered atrocities with mass genocide and the people still suffer from high levels of poverty. Rwanda is now healing itself and music is an important way for the country help restore its positive heritage and culture.
“By bringing together children from disadvantaged backgrounds and placing them in an artistic community that nurtures talent, these children are given a renewed sense of hope and possibility for the future.”
The children will be joining forces with students from Wellington College on Saturday, November 13 to put on a special gala performance at the College. Clare adds that with its traditional dancing and singing, the performance will be a lively and colourful demonstration of the aims of the Angels Charity: that every child – not least the voiceless and forgotten – has an important message to share.
The tour will give 23 children from Rwanda and Sudan a life-changing experience. Most will not have travelled very far before and all will be familiar with the hardships which affects their villages.
The Angels Charity raises funds to enable the choir to tour the UK and the tours, in turn, raise funds to help support projects in the children’s impoverished communities with relief and development programmes.
“The gala performance is a collaborative concert with students from the college and we hope to raise funds for the children’s communities as well as offering a brilliant visual display full of passion and hope,” Clare adds.
- The concert featuring children from Rwanda and Sudan takes place at Wellington College, Crowthorne on Saturday, November 13 from 6.30pm.
Tickets cost £25 and include a meal and coffee. For details, call 07831 093499, or log on to www.angelschoir.org.