David Livingstone Birthplace

Tingatinga Party

Date: 25 June 2022 (12:00-17:00)

Join us for an afternoon of live music, art, food, and storytelling with performances from artist Gameli Tordzro, a specially commissioned film by Mara Menzies and the launch of a new zine exploring untold stories at David Livingstone Birthplace Museum (DLBM).

The event is organised by David Livingstone Birthplace Exchange Group in partnership with Best Way Community Development and the Congolese Community of Motherwell.

Please note the film, art installation and zine are available to see all day. The band will play throughout the day but will be taking intermittent breaks. Timings for workshops and food are below.


Tingatinga installation by artist Josie KO. Originating in East Africa, Tingatinga art is characterised by a naïve style using bright colours and humour. Josie is a sculptor and member of the DLB Exchange Group. There will also be an opportunity to try some Tingatinga glass painting on the day!


Inspired by objects in the museum collection, the DLB Exchange group has commissioned a storytelling and mbila (xylophone) workshop with an accompanying performance from Gameli Tordzro. Gameli is an artist and researcher who teaches traditional African music. 1st Workshop - 12:30pm 2nd Workshop - 3:00pm


Film by the storyteller and artist, Mara Menzies. Using research conducted by the DLB Exchange Group, this commissioned piece is centred around David Livingstone’s crew members, Susi and Chuma. It explores the objects that belong to them that are now held in the museum’s collection.

Food and Drinks - 2pm-3pm

Come and enjoy Swahili food from East Africa! Pilau, chapati, mandazi, kuku choma (roast chicken), kachori, bhajia, vitumbua, and peas in coconut sauce. Swahili cuisine is a mixture of Arabic, Indian and Bantu with lots of herbs and spices.


Live music from 'The Gig Group', a new band of Congolese musicians from the Scottish diaspora playing Afro-Congo, pop, reggae, seben/rumba, Afrobeat and more!


Riso printed booklet produced by the DLB Exchange Group documenting the research project and exploring untold stories in the museum collections. Designed by Inès Gradot at Risotto Studio.

The DLB Exchange Group consists of 6 participants of South Asian, African, and Caribbean heritage who have been researching objects in the DLBM collection to develop new creative projects that challenge and expand on established representations of diaspora experiences. As part of the Community-Led Collections Research Project in partnership with the National Museum of Scotland and National Maritime Museum.

This event is part of the Refugee Festival Scotland 2022 Programme.

See www.refugeefestivalscotland.co.uk.

Drop-In Event Free

Please also see our other Events information.

Gameli Xylophone R1

We are very grateful to our key funders the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and the Scottish Government for their support in helping us deliver the Birthplace Project.

National Lottery Heritage Fund
Scottish Government
Historic Environment Scotland
Note: Please note that David Livingstone Birthplace (and the David Livingstone Trust) is no longer part of National Trust Scotland (NTS). NTS members will therefore no longer receive discounted/free entry to the Birthplace Museum.

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