Casting Call: this Monday 24th March at Federation House 6pm – bring something to perform

Spotlight on Congolese Women: Portrait of the Young Actress, Author & Activist Rachel Mwanza

From the streets of Kinshasa to the red carpets of Paris, Quebec, Berlin and New York, the young star, Rachel Mwanza, is the modern Cinderella of DRC. She escaped the streets of Kinshasa,… Continue reading

Workshop Session 6 – Practise Makes Perfect

This week’s session things were done a little differently; rather than the usual warms-ups of rhumba dancing, Cheryl led the participants in a ten-minute work-out consisting of deep stretches and lung-openers. With just three… Continue reading

Spotlight on Congolese Women: Q&A with Film Director & Activist Shana Mongwanga

Born in Bukavu, East of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Shana is a Human Rights Activist /Campaigner and also works as a  Director, Producer, Writer & Actor. She is currently based in London. In… Continue reading

Recognising Struggles and Celebrating achievements: Profiles of Congolese Women

March is the month for Women; from the annual Million Women Rise  march – a rally against male violence – to the street protests in Kinshasa, women all over the world unite to… Continue reading

Workshop Session 5 – The Participants Delve Deeper

With just 3 months to go before the big show, let’s find out what we got up to this week… This week’s workshop (03/03/2014) gave us all the chance to delve deeper into… Continue reading

Video Highlights of Platforma Festival 2013

An updated version of the video highlights from Platforma Festival 2013 with a few amendments to credits. Platforma brought artists, performers, academics, organisations and funders from across the UK and around the world… Continue reading

War! Destruction! Chaos! An overview of our workshop held on 24th February

This week’s workshop (Monday 24th February) was all about building on the great musical inroads we made last week, and continuing to explore how we might represent the contrast between the happiness felt… Continue reading


Bold, Bright and Brilliant; just a few words to describe the stunning prints and fabrics used in creating Congolese fashion.   (Picture by Lisa Clarke)   Unlike Western trends, Congolese styles are created to… Continue reading

Indépendance Cha cha To Zuié

On Monday 17th February 2014, Lisapo hosted the second of a series of workshop sessions. The workshop, which was themed Chaos and War, is part of the preparation for the live heritage musical… Continue reading