NESTAC produces workshops for schools and a variety of other organizations including colleges and universities. We can tailor our presentations to your audience expectations.
Our presentations usually follow a set pattern starting with an overview of NESTAC and its work in the community. This is followed by a brief history of the African continent and an account of the various African cultures. There is then an introduction to African drum and dance heritage with ‘live’ demonstrations where possible. This can also include audience participation. To conclude there is a discussion of African storytelling traditions and then a question and answer session.
“I think both Jim and I thought NESTAC did an excellent job. The presentation was informative and the speakers delivered it very well getting the pupils involved and getting them to clap every time someone gave an answer. The highlight was of course the drumming and singing and dancing but for some groups there wasn’t really enough time to do as much of this as they would probably have liked. All in all, nothing but positives then, apart from as mentioned the timings varied every lesson. Please pass on our thanks to them for all their effort and hard work.” – Richard, Middleton Technology College
“The Nestac African drumming and dance day we had here at St. Michael’s C. of E. Primary School, Bamford in June 2010 was excellent. The adults leading the sessions related well to the children and the activities were suitable for children of Key Stage 2 (ages 8-11). They children particularly enjoyed being able to sample African musical instruments and the clothes some of the children were able to try added to the authenticity. I would highly recommend the sessions to any schools wishing to engage their pupils in African rhythm and music. We were very lucky that the weather was lovely that day and some of the class sessions were outside. Parents arriving to collect children at the end of the day were able to enjoy the sounds and sights too.” – Gill Rhodes, Headteacher – St. Michael’s C. of E. Primary School