Afrocats Takeover at The Whitworth

Shekina Rose, Families Editor
Image Courtesy of Afrocats

Afrocats at The Whitworth, Manchester, 22–24 February 2022, free entry - Visit now

Head to the Whitworth this half term for the Afrocats Takeover, where you can enjoy a variety of Indian inspired cultural and creative movement activities, and inspiring arts and crafts workshops for children, young people and families. Afrocats will be at the Whitworth on Tuesday 22, Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 February.

There’s plenty of exciting arts and crafts activities taking place at the Afrocats Takeover at The Whitworth, including ‘Decorative Kites’, marking India’s popular kite-flying past-time, where participants will have the opportunity to decorate a pre-cut paper kite, taking inspiration from Indian patterns and colours.

Next up in the arts and crafts area is ‘Peacock Crafts’, an activity that celebrates the peacock, the national bird of India. Participants will be invited to trace around their hands to create the feathers and use other techniques to create their own peacocks.

Another arts and craft activity will be ‘Paper Puppets’. In India, Marionette puppets, controlled by individual parts connected with string, are a popular form of puppetry native to the state of Rajasthan in India. Marionette puppets are used within theatre performances which include ancient text, songs, and folk tales. During this activity, participants will have a template of a figure which they will decorate referencing the patterns and colours of Indian costume and attire. They will consider facial features which are often exaggerated to develop expression, and will have the chance to decorate the puppets using patterned washi tape, small pre-cut flowers, and other embellishments.

Afrocats are an award-winning charity who work closely with the communities and people across Greater Manchester to create inspiring experiences and opportunities.

Our Café in the Trees is changing. Whilst we make some adjustments, it will be serving a limited menu of drinks and a selection of cakes from 13-27 February. Throughout the half term week*, our Grand Hall will be available as a picnic space for families to bring their own food and drink.

Afrocats at The Whitworth, Manchester

22–24 February 2022
Free entry

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