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Colourful Students

COLOURFUL CLOTHING: A group of Year 10 students with their finished tie dye T-shirts with Osun Arts Foundation company members

Artists drum up African knowledge

FAIRFIELD High School welcomed Osun Arts Foundation theatre company for a day of African art and culture workshops.
The day started when primary school children from across Widnes attended The Bridge Theatre at Fairfield High School for a two-hour. African Drumming session.
This was followed by a storytelling workshop for the Year 7 students incorporating traditional stories and parables from various parts of Africa.
During the day students took part in a cookery session where they learned to cook traditional African cuisine.
The textiles department was also involved with


creating tie die T-shirts and traditional Batik design materials.
The day ended with more dancing and drumming sessions.
In the evening the theatre company performed Igbekun, a drama, music and dance production about the slave trade to coincide with this year's bicentenary of the abolition of slavery.
Kate Allerston, community arts development officer at Fairfield High School, said: 'It was a thoroughly uplifting and enriching experience for all who took part.
The whole day was rounded off with audience and cast members dancing the night away.'


TASTE TEST: Year 7 pupils cook up an African feast with members of the Osun Arts team.


Alice Halbert, one of the Year 7 pupils who took part, said: 'It is very cultural., warm and. different, to the English


way of life.
'1 enjoyed all parts of the day but loved the drumming and dancing the most.