The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting is due to get underway in London on Monday, with a wealth of events celebrating the shared history, values, and purpose of the 53 member states, and you have the chance to get involved. 

Alongside the main CHOGM forums, which will focus on the four areas of prosperity, security, fairness, and sustainability, there are a number of other ways to get involved if you're in London at the clubhouse.

On Tuesday 17 April, ROSL ARTS presents 'An evening with Kabantu', which will celebrate the glorious breadth of world music. A quintet from Manchester, Kabuntu are winners of the Royal Over-Seas League Ensembles Section 2017. They unravel new marriages of music from around the globe to celebrate the space where different cultures meet. Their name is a hybrid of South African languages and also stems from the African philosophy of “ubuntu” taken from the phrase “umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu” translating as “a person by a person through other people” or “I am what I am because of who we all are”. Embracing variety, this programme mainly explores music from the Commonwealth, tied together by our links to South Africa and the UK, to reflect Kabantu's own nationalities.

General admission tickets are just £15, Friends of ROSL ARTS £12, and students £5. Book yours here.

To mark the arrival of Heads of Government next week, activity will take place outside Buckingham Palace and along the route of The Mall on Thursday 19 April, to provide an opportunity for members of the public to participate in this celebration of the Commonwealth. Alongside a number of military ceremonial movements, there will be unique cultural performances which reflect the breadth of the Commonwealth. There will be an opportunity for members of the public to view the activities on The Mall and welcome the Heads of Government. The best viewing location will be alongside the southern (St. James’s Park) side of The Mall, with activity taking place 9-10.30am.

To find out what other events are happening in your area, head to the CHOGM website.

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