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Routes & Roots

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Venue L8/Liverpool City Centre/Online
Admission Free
Start Time 12:00
End Time 21:00

A new festival comes to Liverpool this month and it includes the annual Katumba Halloween Carnival.

The events are held across L8 and L1, 16 – 31 October, various times/venues. See here for full details.

Routes & Roots will see two weeks of free family-friendly cultural, arts and wellbeing activities & events across Liverpool, created to celebrate Black History Month and to include the iconic annual carnival.

Every October, Liverpool drumming and movement troupe, Katumba holds events across L8 and L1 that culminate with the Katumba Halloween Carnival in Liverpool City Centre.

This year, Katumba is partnering with other organisations from the newly-formed BlaST network of Black and Brown Social Traders, including Cycle of Life and Centre of Development. Together, theyre delivering Routes & Roots – Festival of the African Diaspora’ and they’re welcoming the whole community to join.

From drumming and dancing to lantern making; slavery tours and bike workshops to wellbeing, this is your chance to connect with the heritage, culture and wellbeing practices of people of the African Diaspora.


Festival Opening Day
Saturday 16th October / 12 – 5pm
at The Bombed Out Church / St Luke’s
Dance, Drumming, Spoken Word, Slavery Tours, and more for all ages.

Community Workshops in L8 & Online
17th – 30th October
Samba, African & Afro-Brazilian Drumming, Capoeira, Cycling skills, Fitness, Yoga, and more!

Katumba Halloween Carnival & BlaST’s launch
31st October, 5pm – 9pm
at the Bombed Out Church, Church St and Liverpool One

Transforming the Liverpool City Centre into a playground of imagination, with pop up performances inspiring, and engaging audiences by creating big, bold, visual shows and performances through unexpected spectacle of drums, fire, lights, dance, theatre and more!

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