CafeDirect to host African Awareness Festival at The London Eye

CafeDirect to host African Awareness Festival at The London Eye

CafeDirect ( the Fairtrade pioneers in the UK) is to host African Awareness Festival at The London Eye titled FLIGHT 5065

On the longest day of the year, JUNE 21st 2005, each of the 32 capsules on the giant wheel will play host to a cross section of artists and performers while the 20 passengers in each capsule watch. There will be a different show in each capsule with exclusive live performances of music, theatre and comedy.

Named FLIGHT 5065, the project has its roots in CAFEDIRECT's '5065 LIFT', which has created multiple opportunities for new talent to perform at the Edinburgh and Brighton Festivals, and at the Soho Theatre in the heart of London.

Each of the 32 capsules will become a venue for unique live performances of music, theatre, comedy, art and the spoken word celebrating the transformation of cultural attitudes towards Africa. This experience will feature 96 performances from a diverse group of established and new talent - from DAMON ALBARN curating new African music with his HONEST JON LABEL, to BETH ORTON, TURIN BRAKES, and hip hop artist JONZI D; from THE NATIONAL & ROYAL COURT THEATRES to young British and African playwrights being produced for the first time; from established comic ARTHUR SMITH to new political comics ANDY ZZALTSMAN & JOHN OLIVER amongst many, many other names. CAFEDIRECT are also sending theatre company RECORDED DELIVERY to Tanzania to create a new ‘verite’ piece about the lives of coffee growers.

On the day FLIGHT 5065 'takes off' there'll be three shows: boarding commences at 7.30pm, 8.15pm and 9pm, with every flight involving 20 passengers and lasting approximately 30 minutes - the time it takes for the LONDON EYE to complete one rotation.

TO BOOK TICKETS (priced £21) CALL 08700 600 100

Note: There will be a maximum of 1,920 tickets available, and some acts scheduled for only 1 rotation. Audiences will not know which performance they’ll get to see until they board the London Eye.

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