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Orchestra Baobab

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A group of nine men dressed in colourful clothing in a West African style stand and crouch with musical instruments in front of a baobab tree

Senegal’s legendary band Orchestra Baobab celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2024 and half a century vibrant African music.

From inauspicious beginnings as the weekend house band at a Dakar club for government officials in the 1960s, Orchestra Baobab, went on to become one of the seminal bands of world music, with an influence that extended far beyond their national boundaries, throughout West Africa and into Europe.

With a rich and intense rhythmic base, captivating melodic singing, and superb brass arrangements, Orchestra Baobab are a magnificent example of the power and joy of West African music.

Presented by Bristol Beacon

Standing event

Age: 14+ (under 16s accompanied by an adult)


Performance times

Doors: 19.30
Start: 20.00
Finish: 22.00

All timings are approximate and subject to change

What is the Diverse Artists Network?

Diverse Artists Network (DAN) are a development agency for diversity in the arts, promoting cultural competency and representation in the sector.

DAN brings together artists/musicians across Bristol and the South West region, intending to build national and international networks encompassing the broadest spectrum of diversity & representation.

They became an independent CIC in August 2020 and have since curated several networking events that have acted as consultations; as well as opportunities for artists, venues, and funders.

Diverse Artists Network seeks to foster empowering discussion within the culturally varied arts sector in order to boost representation in mainstream arts offering by bringing together funders, venues, promoters, and artists.”

Vandna Metha Co-Director, Diverse Artists Network

One of west Africa’s most iconic musical acts…can still raise the roof while barely breaking a sweat.”

The Guardian

About Lantern Hall

Bristol’s home of dazzling new music

The venue

Lantern Hall

at Bristol Beacon

Getting to the venue

Location: Lantern Hall is located within Bristol Beacon. Head to Level 1 and follow signs to find the auditorium.

Address: Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR


Bicycle racks can be found in front of the main entrance on Trenchard Street, Colston Street, and on the city centre promenade. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.

Car parking

Trenchard Street multi-storey car park is 200m away, directly behind Bristol Beacon.

  Bristol Clean Air Zone

Bristol Beacon is inside the Bristol Clean Air Zone. Check if your vehicle will be charged and how much you’ll have to pay.


Most bus services stop in and around the city centre promenade, 250m from Bristol Beacon.

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Spaces for wheelchair users are available within the first 10 rows on the flat floor of the Hall.

Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs and emotional support animals are allowed in the performance space. Seats in rows AA-J on the flat floor are most suitable. If you prefer, you can leave your animal with a member of staff during the performance.

Hearing Facility

A Sennheiser MobileConnect assistive listening system is installed in the venue. Download the free App and use your own mobile device and headphones to listen to the performance. (Devices are available on request.)

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