Your Local Arena with Southbank Centre

The first Your Local Arena event was supposed to be part of the premiere performance of City Central at London’s Southbank Centre on Monday 30 March 2020, which was unfortunately cancelled due to Covid-19. Instead it became the first online YLA offering. For five days, audiences could watch the Arena film Mizike Mama about Belgian-Congolese band Zap Mama and its lead singer Marie Daulne, who was one of those who coined the term Afropean in the 1990s. 

Alongside this we presented an exclusive interview with Marie Daulne by Johny Pitts and a taster video of the exciting sights and sounds of the City Central show. Below you can still watch thee two videos.

Film, photos and music – a taste of the live show
Exclusive interview with Marie Daulne aka Zap Mama, by Johny Pitts

City Central will be presented live and in full at the Southbank Centre, London in Autumn 2020 – keep an eye out for news of this and be ready to book your tickets to board the City Central Express. 

The Arena film screening is also part of Your Local Arena: A Lucy Hannah and Speaking Volumes co-production See

To read more about the film from Arena‘s long-time producer Anthony Wall, see

3 thoughts on “Your Local Arena with Southbank Centre

  1. Loved the taster film for City Central, and look forward to the full event at the Southbank Centre in the Autumn.
    Thank you for putting this online

  2. Fabulous online event! Beautiful collection of music, photography, interview, documentary, travel. Yes, it was exhilarating! Bravo!

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