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Campout in forest to honour Jamaican folklorist Miss Lou

HONOURED: Dr Hon Louise Bennett-Coverley

BLACK PEOPLE from all over the country are flocking to a camping ground in honour of the late Jamaican poet and folklorist Dr Louise Bennett-Coverley - affectionately known as Miss Lou.

Shanti-Chi presents their fifth annual festival; Nne Agwu Afrakan Storytelling Festival 2016, in honour of Miss Lou with Linton Kwesi Johnson.

Commemorating a decade since her passing, the Jamaican folklorist will be at the heart of this year’s festival.

Ensuring Miss Lou’s legacy is passed on to future generations and her monumental contribution to the oral art-form is appropriately celebrated. Well-known dub-poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, and recently appointed patron will be lending his support and talent to the proceedings.

Held at Debden House Campsite, Epping Forest IG10 2NZ, from Friday July 29 – Monday August 1, the family friendly weekend of camping has been extended this year by a whole day, with the addition of; a fully developed crafts market, a wellness corner and children's yoga.

The festival responds to the conversations and evident hunger in our community for practical progress to augment ourselves, our family and each other, to take charge of our history and heritage. This unique event places importance on uniting the diaspora, creating a space where the community can exchange ideas, knowledge and skills whilst rediscovering the wonders of nature.

Our children have their imaginations switched on and heads down writing creatively with dreams of winning the Nne Agwu Afrakan Short Story Writing Competition 2016. The winners will receive: a certificate, their story will be performed by a professional storyteller at the festival, the child will get a chance to tell their story live on PowerXtra radio and with a family member receive free entry to the festival 2017. The main aim of Shanti-Chi is to present, promote and preserve the culture of our oral traditions.

Look forward to healthy tasty catering on site, early morning yoga and night forest walks with a round the clock fire. First-aid trained volunteers are on hand to help you set up and pack down your tents and guide you through the festival experience. We welcome first time campers.

A total of 250 tickets have been released for sale making this a truly intimate affair. We have weekend passes, day passes, tent hire, rooms to rent, and group booking discounts.

See full programme and featured artists www.shanti-chi.com

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