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About the event

Leading up to Mandela’s 100th birth date on 18th July 2018, primary and secondary school pupils and a massed community choir, will assemble to celebrate and perform African songs, dances and drum progressions.

The performance includes a specially-choreographed dance by internationally-renowned South African ballet dancer Dane Hurst, that was originally created in honour of of Nelson Mandela, and first performed in his presence during a visit to London.

Other featured South African artists include Chris Lubbe, Mandela’s bodyguard after his release from 27 years of imprisonment and Colin Chambers, Mandela’s spiritual guide, confidant and a trusted friend.


African Women’s Forum (AWF) Portsmouth are celebrating the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth by revisiting the
values enacted by the revolutionary political leader during his life and time as President of South Africa, through their
‘Mandela 100’ project and programme of events.

AWF, a non-religious and apolitical group, have created their Mandela 100 programme with financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and is also being supported by Portsmouth City Council, Victorious Festival, and the University of Portsmouth.