Britannia Rumba – Libraries of Sanctuary Showcase on Saturday 18 September

We’re celebrating Bolton Libraries joining the Library of Sanctuary movement with live music from the Democratic Republic of Congo from Britannia Rumba.

Get dancing amongst the books in Bolton Central Library to celebrate Libraries of Sanctuary!

Join us for FREE live music from Britannia Rumba at Bolton Central Library on Saturday 18 September.

Britannia Rumba’s show is repeated at 2.00pm and 3.30pm. The shows are ticket only.

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Hear charismatic frontman, Blanchard de Plaizir and Britannia Rumba playing a unique style of high energy Soukouss, Zouk, Rumba, and Latin beats.

Hailing from the Democratic Republic of Congo, charismatic frontman and singer Blanchard de Plaizir came to the North West of England as a refugee in 2000 fleeing the Congolese civil war.  He formed Britannia Rumba in 2004 with fellow refugee musicians and artists from the North West.

The band has played with leading African musical artists including Kanda Bongo Man, Koffi Olomide, and Awilo Longomba from DR Congo, South Africa’s Mafikizolo band and Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukuzi.  In 2008, they were part of the prestigious world music showcase WOMEX.

Firm festival favourites – you might have seen them at Solidarity Social which launched Horizons Festival 2021.

The band electrifies audiences with their infectious music wherever they appear.

Simply unmissable!


‘Pure pleasure…toe-tapping soukouss rhythms and sunshine-filled zouk can’t fail to make you smile.’

For venue information or if you have access needs: call Bolton Central Library on 01204 332 853

Check out Britannia Rumba sounds.

Hear the EP Techno Soukouss


Kende Kaka featuring Lady Jay Dee


Plaisir Encore


Bolton, Manchester and Oldham library services have successfully achieved the Libraries of Sanctuary award in recognition of their work in ensuring libraries are welcoming spaces for people who come to the UK to seek safety and sanctuary. They join a handful of library services in the UK that have achieved Library of Sanctuary status.

To achieve the award, libraries are assessed on their cultural sensitivity, their work to reduce the barriers of language and culture, how they work with local refugee support organisations, training given to staff and volunteers, and how they involve refugee communities in creating projects and events. Libraries are also asked to celebrate June’s Refugee Week with book displays and/or events.

This show is part of Community Arts North West’s series of events for the Libraries of Sanctuary initiative in Greater Manchester and is in partnership with Crossing Footprints, Manchester, Bolton, and Oldham Library Services.  

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