We hope we are changing the way people think about Africa, one class at a time!
We train and work closely with all of our practitioners who are all experienced, professional and gifted African artists.
We are passionately committed to bringing an extraordinary experience to your classroom. Please see FAQs below.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Having been working in schools since the year 2000 we have been asked numerous wierd and wonderful questions, lucily the children still continue to surprise us.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questiosn by organisers. If there is something you are wondering about please do feel free to give Lotte and Janet a call anaytime and they would be delighted to help you.
How many children can you work with in one day?
This does vary depending on the practitioner available. A class of 30 can have a great time exploring the majority of the activities we have available. On the other hand Kwame with 60 drums is able to see 420 children in one day. With over 20 practitioners available we are certain that no matter how large your school event we have you covered!
Why Choose African Activities?
We are tried and tested providers, providing unique and exciting experiences. African Activities is not your typical workshop provider. We are passionate about raising awareness of Africa and bringing balance and an alternate world views into schools. Run and staffed by Africans we believe in authentic experiences, bring cultural arts within their context.
Which Workshop Is Best For Our School?
Our mixed activity days are our most popular, closely followed by drumming workshops. However, as an organisation we are passionate about sharing African cultural arts within schools. Therefore, why not just give us a call, or drop us an email, letting us know your aims and objectives. We are happy to create new experiences as well as sharing what has worked well in similar circumstances in the past.
We have worked with Handas Surpise and many other texts, we would be delighted to share some alternatives with you too.
What Spaces can You Use/Help Our Hall Is Used For Lunch!
Janet and her team are dedicated to ensure you have the best timetable for your needs. This includes working with your school day and catering staff. Why not have a chat with her about the spaces you have so we can find the best options together.
Can the children perform to parents?
Of course! We are happy to work towards a performance but we would like to work with you to ensure we have enough time to get everyone to performance standard! Just let Janet know at the time of timetabling and we can book it all in for you.
How long do we have the practitioner for?
Your practitioner will be with you for 3 hours on a half day and 6 hours on a full day. This does not include set up and loading. It is possible teaching time. Lunch and comfort breaks will be timetabled.
What do we need to provide?
Dance; Children in PE kit please and a space large enough for them to circle without touching with arms outstretched.
Drumming: a semi circle of chairs or benches for the number of students required
Art: A water supply is useful, but not essential, we bring cloths to cover desks or floors as required.
Can you teach a variety of age groups?
Absolutely. All of our practitioners can tailor the sessions; for example younger children may explore animal sounds and rhythms on the drum using story and technique. Older children may explore complex polyrhythms.
Do we need to pay in advance?
No. You will be invoiced in advance of the event; payment is due on the day of the event after the activity is completed.
How can I fund a workshop for my school?
Here is a sample of a letter sent out to cover the cost of one of our drumming, dance and drama workshops. In this case the school decided to subsidise some of the cost and to ask parents to make up the remainder.
We offer a number of specialists in their choosen field as well as working with a number of multi talented artists.
We are happy to work to meet your specific learning objectives; from having as much fun as possible to a GCSE master class in African music.
We are committed to the survival and promotion of African Arts and the artists who practitse them.
We believe in bringing nuence and depth to the vision of Africa outside of the continant.
We are a pan African company, proudly African run and supporting of African Artists in the UK and in Africa.
- Drumming Workshops 18%
- Dance Workshops 12%
- Art Workshops 16%
- Mixed Activity Days 40%
- Story Telling 14%