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Gallery welcomes legendary South African performers for late event

The William Morris Gallery’s next late event on Thursday 7 April will feature two of South Africa’s leading poets and musicians.

Inspired by the Gallery’s current exhibition, Social Fabric, WMG Late: Africa Rising will focus on the art, music and poetry of South Africa. Legendary percussionist and composer Eugene Skeef will lead percussion workshops and a live participatory workshop while poet Leeto Thale will perform work in response to the exhibition. The night will also see Skeef and Thale perform together for the first time.

There will be a DJ set from Matt Temple, who runs the South African afro-jazz music label Matsuli Music, and the chance to visit Social Fabric after hours. The Gallery’s permanent displays will also be open all evening.

Rebecca Jacobs, Cultural Programme Officer at the William Morris Gallery, said: “We’re really excited that Eugene Skeef will be performing at the next WMG Late. He’s such an inspiring man, from being a young activist in apartheid South Africa to his work as a musician and composer. Not only that but he will be leading workshops and performing with one of London’s foremost African writers and poets, Leeto Thale.”

Notes to editors

WMG Late: Africa Rising

Thursday 7 April

6.30pm – 10.30pm

Entry, performances and workshops all free. No need to book. For adults.

William Morris Gallery

Lloyd Park, Forest Road

Walthamstow, London, E17 4PP

For further information please contact Ian Mason:

Tel: 020 8496 4726

Mob: 07740 046143


About the William Morris Gallery

The William Morris Gallery, which is owned and run by Waltham Forest Council, is the only public Gallery devoted to William Morris: designer, craftsman and radical socialist.

WMG Lates, our bimonthly after-hours events, are a chance to experience the Gallery in a relaxed adult atmosphere. Visitors can visit the special exhibitions and sample some of the best art, music, poetry and performance in London co-curated by Vine Collective.

About Vine Collective

Vine Collective create eclectic nights hosting writers, live music, film makers, DJs and poets. Co-curating the WMG Lates, Vine Collective invite artists to respond to the Morris collections and special exhibitions with new or existing work. See for more information.

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