Balumuka Prague Kizomba Festival believes Kizomba ,Semba and Kuduro is not merely a dance to come together and have fun but its also about family, friends, events of a society, culture and protecting it. Balumuka rests on the roots of Angola which is connected and apart of the Kongo Kingdom before Portuguese colonization. Robert F. Thompson, author of such books, “Black Gods and Kings,”African Art in Motion,” “Tango,” said it best, “Kongo dances were schools of being that taught ethics, art, spirituality, and self defense and unless we steep ourselves in their nuance and variety, we will never understand Central African Roots.” which we believe we must always remember when we bless the floor with Kizomba, Semba, and Afro …….
You don't want to miss this catchy cocktail of different tropical rhythms from Angola, Brazil, Cuba, Caribbean, USA and more. Tropical Summer Beats 2016 gives you a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and learn more about other cultures through music and dance!!
You want to play?!?!
We will Introduce to you a variety of Angolan and Africa childhood games such as: 35 Victories, Garrafeinha, Jump Rope and many more.
All of this with the support of our teachers and of course YOU!! On Friday, Saturday and Sunday enjoy dance workshops with our internationally renowed instructors as they lead in you in various dance styles like, Kuduro, Hip Hop, Street, Afro, Dancehall, Azonto, Kizomba, Salsa and many more... All this fun while enjoying the weather and socializing by partaking in the garden for your sunbathing needs, the swimming pool, and eating as much as you like with some food on the grill all the while vibing to the music!!
It will be a GREAT GREAT time!!
PARTY and WORKSHOP venue Address:
FRIDAY - 22.07
10:00pm - Festival Opening Party - High Heels
Special Show by Caribiana Group and Kizomba.CZ
Dress Code: WHITE
SATURDAY - 23.07
11am - 2:00pm - Open Air Dance Workshops
3:00pm - 8:00pm - Riverside day party Live DJ, Dance animations, BBQ,
African games (Played by all participants childrens and adultus) and moore...
10:00pm - NIGHT PARTY "Tchuna Baby" (colorful,summer,tropical style)
Special Show by Balumuka Team & Guests
Dress Code: HAWAII
ENTRY 15 EUR/ 400 CZK
SUNDAY - 23.07
11am to 2:00pm - Open Air Dance Workshops
2pm - 8pm - Riverside day party Live DJ, Dance animations, BBQ,
African games (Played by all participants childrens and adultus)
10:00pm - NIGHT PARTY - dress code: Tchuna Baby
ENTRY 15 EUR/ 400 CZK
A warm and pleasant welcome!!!
Our festival above all else seeks to enlighten you of the culture of Angola – the birthplace of the KIZOMBA – We believe that, by broadening your knowledge of the cultural roots of the dance, it will make for a better understanding of the basic principle of KIZOMBA, the dance and the music that will set all participants on the right footing for SEMBA, the dance.
BALUMUKA … Celebrates and Reflects the colorful diversity, heritage and the spirit of the African traditional and cultural dance here in the city of Prague. Fashion and Kizomba /dance begets one another. So Balumuka proudly presents a fashion show with new and talented fashion designer Cecily Habimana with a glorious fashion show dedicated to African Woman, in a visual spectacle
DJ’ing and Musicality – a perfect class for those who want to learn more about the specifics of Kizomba, Semba, Kuduro and other Angolan rhythms. We’ll show you how to assess the work of DJ’s and how to appreciate their shows (WORK) more. All of this will be served to you in the most pleasant form by our BALUMUKA DJ’s
To be a good dancer is important to understand the music which we are dancing on.
This workshop is designed for everyone who would like to understand the basic concepts of mixing and knowledge of Dj program and technics.
This year for the first time Prague Kizomba Festival will inaugurate with African movies screening. This way we will have an opportunity to show more of Angolan and African culture. On Saturday afternoon we invite You to watch best african movies and get to know more about African culture and everyday life from most talented and renoknown directors and actors.
More details about the movies to be presented soon :)
Thu. 12th Pre-party Brown Sugar Night
Andel Music Club
Fri. 13th CANDY MEN
U Plovárny 8, 118 00 Praha 1
Sat. 14th Classic Men - Oscar Night, Občanská plovárna
U Plovárny 8, 118 00 Praha 1
Sun. 15th African FASHION Gala Night
Address: nám. Republiky 8, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město
Master Petchu & Vanessa, as they have being called, are one of the most charismatic dancers and choreographers of Kizomba, Semba and other Angolan dances. They are one of the first teachers that introduced Kizomba to Europe and created a pedagogical way of teaching it.
Last but not least, Petchu is also the founder and Artistic Director of the globally most famous for almost 30 years Angolan dance group, Ballet Tradicional KILANDUKILU.
Emilson made his first dance steps in Alvoro Dance Academy in Rio de Janeiro. Years of hard work enabled him to become an outstanding teacher of such styles as Samba de Gafieira, Samba, Zouk, Tango and others.
He moved to Prague, Czech Republic in 2006, where he’s been working with different dance companies as a dancer, choreographer and teacher.
He is the main choreographer of the Caribiana Dance Group and one of the most favorites teachers of Zouk, Tango and Samba de Gafieira in the whole Czech Republic.
Jamba began his artistic career in Elumbu, a small community theater group from Luanda, where he also worked as a Human Right activist.
He moved to Prague, Czech Republic in 2001 to continue his studies in Experimental Media.
He started dancing and teaching in 2002 and since then has worked with different dance groups like BaToCu, African Ballet Company and Tradicion Dance Group, where he works at the present moment as a dancer and choreographer.
Jamba is the cofounder of Kizomba.CZ Dance Group and one of the main promoters of Kizomba and other Afro Latin dances in Czech Republic and Europe.
Lily has always been active and devoted to her passions such as swimming, horse riding, skiing and dancing. She began her teaching career in Salsa Dance School in Prague. In 2007, she became a dancer and teacher of Tradicion Dance Group.
She founded the Kizomba.CZ Dance Group with her dance partner, Jamba, in 2010 and started organizing artistic events in the whole Czech Republic and abroad.
Kizomba.CZ Team in cooperation with Familia de La Salsa Dance School is one of the first and main promoters of Kizomba in Dubai.
Adorée is a uniquely gifted wide range performer with a commanding stage presence, this prodigiously talented girl originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma received her education from Pennsylvania State University and after singing for the TV Show American Idol 2004 she later moved to Washington, DC earning her MFA in Jazz Performance all the while dancing salsa, kizomba/semba, and west african traditional dance.
He finished the courses of Semba and Kizomba in Padrão do Semba Dance School. From a student he became a teacher, and taught there from 2008 till 2010. He moved to Prague, Czech Republic, to study at the end of 2010 where he met one of the best teachers – Jamba Mulimbwe. He’s been working and performing as a Kizomba.CZ important member since then, constantly teaching Semba and Kizomba in Prague and abroad.
Having started DJing Angolan and more AfroLatin music in 2009, he is now one of the most popular DJs in Czech Republic. He is also a member of KizombaCZ Team.
He started playing in 2006, convinced by his earlier brother Nelsius (known as DJ Don Chu). Well known in Lisbon, he’s a resident DJ at Club Steps playing every Wednesday along with Paulo Cruz at “Quarta – Festa Mwangole” parties hosted by Master Petchu. His favourite styles are Kizomba, Tarraxinha, GhettoZouk, RetroZouk, Zouk , Semba and many more.
From Angola, Mara Lukama started her dancing career at the young age of 9 when she acted in the “The nine dancing Group” in Angola. This experience sparked in her something she knew she had to pursue, the arts. This dream became a reality when she went to The Slovakian Republic to study art and graduated at the Art School VSMU in Bratislava as a professional actress.
Having specialised in Afro House, Afro Beat, Kuduro, Kizomba and Semba, Virus became one of the most popular european DJs. He plays at various big events like Black Sensation. He conqueres thousands of hearts and keeps his fans around the word satisfied with his mixes. He is a member of Shumi Love in Switzerland
This young couple of dancers is a big revelation in the world of Kizomba, they teach Kizomba, Semba, Afro Kuduro, and Afro House, they are one of the founders of Grupo Weza Kia, located in Lisbon - Portugal. Their passion for Angolan dances and positive vibes will make You want to dance even more. This wonderful dance couple will be present for the very first time at Balumuka festival, leading Semba and Kizomba classes for advanced students.
Full Pass: 100EUR
Party pass (3 night parties + social and balumuka cinema) 70EUR
Couple Pass 180 EUR
**Want to pre-book your pass?!?
1 - Pay 50 % of Full-, couple - party pass now and pay the rest on the spot.
-Warning: In case of cancellation we dont refound your payment because of administrative costs.
2 - Pre-registration of Gift Crads
- Registration can be transferred to another person until one week before the start of the event.
- To confirm your pre-registration, please email your Full Name, and Gift Card Barcode Number to BalumukaFestival@gmail.com.
- All Reservations Must Be Confirmed at least three (3) weeks in advance or prior to the festival, and all remaining balances must be paid at the door, prior to being admitted into the venue.
- This gift card is transferable up to the third week prior to the event.
- All Purchases, Partial or Full Deposits Are Non-Returnable, and Non-Refundable.*
Dear passengers, everyday thousands of tourists dream about visiting Prague.
The Balumuka Festival will take place in the center of Prague City. This will give you a wonderful opportunity to see the most visited tourist sites and learn more about the history of this great city, one of the pearls of central Europe.
From the hotels IBIS or Century, you will surely make an obligatory stop at Namesti Republic and see the beautiful Art Nouveau architecture, heading to the Old Town that Prague citizens are proud of. Then you can take the street Na Prikope which is one of the main streets full of interesting buildings and shopping facilities. From there you will see the Vaclav’s Square, the main point of Prague.
But that’s not all! Also, 2mins from the studio DANCE PERFECT, you will see the National Theater and the nearby Charles Bridge, the most famous place in Prague. Behind the studio, you will find the Old Town Square with its astronomic clock… And that’s just a small piece. We can’t wait till you share with us your impressions about Prague discoveries!
Where to eat?
We recommend you to try traditional Czech cuisine at La Republica Music Restaurant and Bar, just in front of the Hotel Ibis. You will get 15% off discount when showing your Balumuka Festival pass.
La Republica Restaurant offers you the best dishes of traditional Czech cuisine and over 50 different kinds of beer for those who love having this liquid gold. (The beer price is around 1€).
AIRPORT EXPRESS bus stops
The most simple way to get to the center of the city is to come out from the airport at TERMINAL 2 exit to catch the AE Bus from the Náměstí Republiky stop of which you will get off at the Revoluční Street stop. Follow the railway line (4min walk) and next to Palladium Shopping Center is Hotel Ibis, and directly across from Hotel Ibis is the restaurant, La Republica.
Bus ticket price: 60 CZK/ 2.8 Eur on the bus or 40 Czk/ 1.46 Eur through e-shop.
For the comfort of our passenger we recommend you to book hotels IBIS or Century, which are located near the place of the venue and we have a special price for our guests.
You can choose from our proposal of Festival Set’s: FULLPASS + ACCOMMODATION (shared room, single or couple). You can contact us by email email@example.com and we will send you a convenient Booking form
Special thanks to the member of The Balumuka Project, Kizomba.CZ, our studnets and friends who have always supported us.
This event is dedicated to all of you.
18 - 20th of November 2016
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