County Durham hosts Afro-Fusion Festival with lineup of musicians, performers and activities

The Harambee Pasadia Afro-Fusion Arts Festival is back for 2022 with a lineup of musicians, performers and activities promised to be bigger and better than ever.

The Harambee Pasadia Festival is a four-day music and arts spectacle celebrating diverse African Diaspora cultures, foods, music, artists and fusions. Harambee in Swahili means “let’s get together” and Pasadia in Spanish means “spending the day”.

The festival will run from Thursday June 23 to Sunday June 26 at the HUB in Barnard Castle, County Durham.

This is a family camping event, inviting people to come together and spend the day enjoying a range of exciting activities. The festival allows its visitors to experience a diverse cultural event that celebrates and promotes music, arts and cultures.

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The lineup is inclusive and impressive with world-renowned musicians, arts practitioners and DJs. Expect to hear an eclectic mix of Afrobeat, jazz, reggae, funk, Latin and traditional music.

With a wide range of workshops, arts and sports activities, all ages can get involved. To top off a perfect weekend, the festival offers a wide selection of food with a licensed bar on site.

County Durham hosts Harambee Pasadia Afro-Fusion Arts Festival

In addition, the program will offer festival-goers a wide range of sports activities and workshops. Whether you are interested in wellness and health, yoga and meditation, BMX, sensory spaces, camping, kayaking, canoeing, high ropes, drumming, pottery or dance, festival is sure to have something for everyone.

In the Speaker’s Corner, there will be a series of talks, presentations, workshops and panel discussions on leadership, confidence, healthy eating, race and identity, cultural activism, poetry and Moreover. There will be a diverse range of speakers and presenters, including artists, activists and young people.

On Thursday, June 23, there will be a Speakers’ Corner takeover focused on the collective wisdom, experience and energy of inspiring women of all ages and walks of life.

Harambee Pasadia was founded and organized by Newcastle-based musicians Dr Hannabiell Sanders and Yilis del Carmen Suriel. Hannabiell is the songwriter and producer of ‘Hannabiell & the Midnight Blue Collective’ and ‘Ladies of Midnight Blue’, both of which perform regularly in the UK and overseas. Hannabiell & the Midnight Blue Collective, with their unique “psychedelic afro” sound, is a fusion of Afro-Caribbean and Latin percussion, jazz, afrobeat, funk and reggae.

The festival aims to encourage unity and bring together people from diverse backgrounds, bridging the cultural divide through performances, workshops and the shared experience of Afro-fusion music and dance. Hannabiell and Yilis invited everyone to come to Harambee Pasadia.

This year’s festival will feature a host of artists including Kevin Haynes Grupo Elegua, Hannabiell & the Midnight Blue Collective, Colectiva, Sidiki Dembele Denifari, LayFullstop, Aida Diop, TBaze, Chiedu Oraka, Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir, Let Drum Beat, Ladies of Midnight Blue, Knats, Dilutey Juice, Ella Mesma, Georgia May, Colibri Cobra, Yersin Rivas, SaySo, Baque de Ogum, DJ Sequinella, Raw Vibe, DJ Claude Cunningham, DJ Awkward Black Girl, DJ Devolicious, Santa Leticia, Zero dB, Yoli, Samara, DJ Erv Music, Common Unity Sound System and many more.

Other events:

Harambee Pasadia Skills Sharing, Venue: TCR the Hub, Address: Ing Lane, Barnard Castle, DL12 8TD, Dates: June 12, 11am-3pm

An event that provides opportunities for those interested in learning a range of practical skills including carpentry, painting, sewing and decorating. Everyone is welcome, regardless of skill or experience.

Harambee Pasadia: Roots Rhythms All Tribes One Vibe Venue: World Headquarters, Address: Curtis Mayfield House, Carliol Square, East NE1 6UF, Date: June 17, 2022, 11:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.

In line with the festival’s motto “Let’s get together and spend the day!”, this four-day festival invites everyone to actively participate in workshops, arts and sports activities and enjoy live music, children from children under five can attend for free! Return transport will be from Newcastle city centre. For more information, contact

Tickets are available for order at: and the website can be visited at

More information about the Harambee Pasadia philosophy can be obtained at

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