Moving with Africa at The Big Tent


The Big Tent, known as Scotland’s leading environmental festival, is stepping up its global performance programme with the announcement of this year’s festival theme - ‘Moving with Africa’.

Following the recent confirmation of its local music programme, the Big Tent announces its global performance line-up which includes the Zawose Family from Tanzania, Grassroots Zimbabwe and Brazil! Brazil!

Dana MacLeod, Cultural Programme Director for Big Tent said: “The Big Tent’s world music programme has been steadily flourishing over our five year history. This year we are proud to announce an increased international element across the debates, film, performance and children’s’ event programme.

Behind these incredible performance artists is also an interesting story to tell and we hope to give the opportunity to do this. The Zawose Family are completely unlike anything I’ve seen before, their performance style is unique to their own family, it is very delicate and magical.

Theatre ensemble Grassroots Zimbabwe are taking a risk in presenting their heartfelt and powerful work in the UK which is undeniably politically influenced. On a lighter note, they will give festival goers a whole new meaning for those ubiquitous festival wellies by running Gumboot Dance workshops!”

She continued: “Brazil!Brazil! have been touring the great stages of the world and it’s an honour that they will be with us for the whole weekend. Their performance is not least a jaw-dropping display of acrobatic dance and infectious Afro-Brazilian music, but also an expression of street cultures from the Favelas of Brazil. I am sure their fusion of street football and percussion will be particularly memorable as World Cup fever kicks in.”