NEWS POST 14 – International NGO hosts Creative reception June 26 2013

International NGO, PENHA (Pastoral and Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa) is hosting a unique Reception to meet Creatives from the Horn of Africa.  PENHA’s mission is to reduce poverty among pastoralists in the Horn of Africa through the empowerment of communities and to foster sustainable and dignified livestock-based and non-livestock-based livelihoods.  Weds 26 June 6.30pm-9.30pm

The evening will be a celebration of the arts, music, dance, fashion in a relaxed environment, plus attendees will get to experience the Eritrean Coffee ceremony.

Also joining us will be Caroline Marsh, TV’s Secret Millionaire and Justina Mutale, African Woman of the Year, plus representatives of the arts from the Horn.

Painting by an Ethiopian artist, Solomon Zemede Habte Mariam, who has painted many of his art works about the pastoralists in the southern part of Ethiopia.

Painting by an Ethiopian artist, Solomon Zemede Habte Mariam, who has painted many of his art works about the pastoralists in the southern part of Ethiopia.

“The story of Africa is a complicated one, and often the reports of conflict overshadow the people on the ground.” said Vanessa Champion, Director of Dragonfly Communications. “In order to help redress this imbalance, and to help open the door for creatives, agents and brokers here in the UK to this rich and varied creative community from the Horn, PENHA has teamed up with AILTV and Dragonfly Communications to provide an accessible and lively networking evening to give people another perspective on what is such a rich and culturally diverse region of Africa.”

Creatives, journalists, editors, writers, producers, musicians, dancers, choreographers, directors, photographers, artists, retail brokers and investors from the UK are invited to attend this event to meet representatives of the Creative Industries from the Horn of Africa (Eritrea, Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, Somalia/ Somaliland).  You will be learn something completely different about Africa.

What: PENHA Creative and Arts Networking Reception

When: Wednesday 26 June 2013  6.30-9.30pm

Where:  Adulis Restaurant, 44-46 Brixton Road SW9 6BT  London  UK

Numbers are limited, so please register your place with PENHA:event@penhanetwork.org  or info@dragonflycommunications.co.uk   on, or before 24 June 2013

This event is a forerunner of a larger two day event to be held late Autumn, which will be an energising weekend of art, music and fashion from the Horn of Africa.

A sample video from a previous event attended by Patron and actress Joanna Lumley: https://vimeo.com/68387796

About PENHA: 

Joanna Lumley by Graeme Robertson for the Guardian

Joanna Lumley by Graeme Robertson for the Guardian

“It is an honour to have been chosen to be Patron of PENHA and I will do all I can to help the cause become more widely known – to engender a wider understanding of this ancient culture and a desire to protect their way of life.” Joanna Lumley OBE, Patron of PENHA

International NGO, PENHA’smission is to reduce poverty among pastoralists in the Horn of Africa through the empowerment of communities and to foster sustainable and dignified livestock-based and non-livestock-based livelihoods.

PENHA’s Objectives: Fostering sustainable livelihoods requires a co-ordinated approach at the grassroots and policy levels. PENHA therefore commits itself to two goals:

  • To empower pastoralist communities and their institutions to play a full role in their own development
  • To influence development policy and development programme design to foster sustainable livelihoods among pastoralists

The countries of the Horn of Africa are some of the poorest in the continent. All of them have significant numbers of pastoralists, and it is among these people that PENHA works. There are over 25 million pastoralists in the Horn of Africa – varying from one twentieth of the population in Uganda to over half in Somalia. http://penhanetwork.org

Sponsor Partners:

AILTV Connecting People

AILTV

AILTV – Africans In London TV broadcasts a wide range of programmes which are made by people of African heritage, are about people of African heritage, from fashion and music to business and current affairs.  http://ailtv.com/AIL_ON_DEMAND.html

Dragonfly Communications

Dragonfly Communications

Dragonfly Communications is a creative PR agency, working across the arts and NGOs.  Including copywriting, advertising, research, project management, design. Giving wings to business for over 20 years www.dragonflycommunications.co.uk

To book a place at this unique event please contact

Menbere at  event@penhanetwork.org  Tel: 07504847798 or

Press contact for images, interview, etc:  Dragonfly Communications, Vanessa Champion Tel: 07747025361 info@dragonflycommunications.co.uk  skype: vanessa.champion1

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2 thoughts on “NEWS POST 14 – International NGO hosts Creative reception June 26 2013

  1. Reblogged this on 502is and commented:
    Looking forward to attending & supporting this evening & bonus, two of my fellow Zambians; Caroline Marsh & Justina Mutale will be speaking this evening:)

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