Frequently Asked Questions
If we are nearly running out or if we have run out, we'll keep you updated by posting a notice on the Welcome page.
Why can I only do one advance booked workshop?
There will not be space for everyone to do more than one workshop if all the workshops spaces are booked. We have limited the capacity of each workshop.
ABCD is a celebration of West African Music and Dance with the focus being on entertainment and enjoying yourself with friends in a festival atmosphere, rather than doing a full day of workshops. This is an opportunity to experience a day of performances by the many talented musicians, dancers and artists that we have brought together for this special one-day event. There are few events of this kind currently taking place in the UK. Remember also that there are some informal audience participation workshops in the evening.
Once capacity is full, we will allocate you a space in the next level down.
If the Djembe workshops are completely booked, you will be allocated into your 2nd choice of workshop.
I am booking into Djembe and I would like a specific teacher.
I am attending a workshop and don't have a drum or balafon, will they be provided?
If you are an adult attending a Djembe workshop, you can hire a drum from one of our drum stalls for £3.00. Balafons are provided in the Balafon workshop but please bring one/your own if you have one. The Djembe workshops for children will have drums provided. For the Sabar (Int / Adv level) and Djembe (Intermediate and above) we expect drummers to bring own drums.
I'm booking an "All Day + Workshop" ticket and can't get the form to you by 17th April. Does this mean I can't book a place?
The performances will be continuing throughout the day with breaks for change overs etc. We are programming the entertainment so that where possible if you go immediately back to the Big Barn stage after your workshop, there will be a performance taking place (rather than a break/change over).There will be couple of acts who whose entire 30 - 45min set will be within workshop times.
We will publish this information on the day. We have listed which acts are on in the afternoon (from 12.30pm) and evening (from 6.30 until 12am). See the About page for details.
Those who are booking an All Day + Workshop ticket will be given this information after they have sent their Booking Form in. As mentioned previously we will work out the workshop schedule once we know what the demand is for certain workshops.
Can I bring a dog?
We are a non-profit making organisation, run by volunteers and we can only afford to put the event on from the ticket sales at the prices we have set. We hope that most of you will agree that the ticket prices are very good value. Many of you will be self-employed musicians or people studying West African music and dance (as we are ourselves). We have aimed our ticket prices to make this event affordable for these people in particular.
We have a limited number of reduced price for local residents. This is explained on the Booking page.