The boys are coming to London!!!

The boys practice their “freezes”. Photo: Kate Scanlan

It’s happening! With the Southbank Centre, Catalyst Rwanda is bringing two of the boys of Les Enfants de Dieu centre for street children – Willy and Didier – as well as the centre’s visionary leader Rafiki Callixte to London.

Les Enfants de Dieu is a remarkable centre in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, that aims to transform the lives of Rwandan street children by giving them a place to live, an education, and hope. There are currently 130 boys aged six to 20 years at the centre and they are passionate about hip-hop. In 2011, Catalyst Rwanda took the world-renowned Bboy Pervez, from Live 2 Break Crew, to work with these remarkable children and young men.

This summer, some of the boys travel to London to take part in Southbank Centre’s Africa Utopia, a month-long festival of music, theatre, film, literature, dance, talks and debates.

The event – taking place in the Purcell Room on the 19th July at 7:45pm – includes a screening of ‘Yes Man!’, Bret Syfert’s inspiring and moving film of the project, and a conversation with Rafiki, Willy and Didier and the team behind the project. Following this, there will be a celebration of Hip Hop and the possibilities it creates with music by DJ Biznizz (Tha En4cers) in the Front Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall.

You can buy your tickets here!

And please consider donating towards our continued work with vulnerable young people in Rwanda by clicking on our donate button. We plan to return to Rwanda in November.

Hope to see you on the Southbank!

Nicola & Kate


About Nicola Triscott

Nicola Triscott is a cultural producer, curator, writer and researcher. She is the founder and Artistic Director/CEO of Arts Catalyst. Specialisation: interrelationships between art, science, technology and society.
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