Musica de Mestiza


Musica de Mestiza is a night of diverse music featuring mestiza DJ Mayeva and a selection of Lingua Franca World Community Performers playing live.  The nights are generally held in intimate venues in the style of a house party and themed to the culture of a particular region.  Past events have featured [...]

Behind the Silken Veil


Behind the Silken Veil was devised and produced by our Creative Director, Geli Berg thanks to a mentoring programme from the Performing Arts and Development Agency in partnership with what is now Cheshire Rural Touring Arts. Geli collaborated with three professional dancers:  co-director Kathak dancer, Kanchan Maradan, who is of Indian heritage, [...]

Sounding the Sirens


Sounds of the Sirens was an exciting female-led songwriting project funded by Arts Council England in 2020.  The concept was simple:  three female songwriters at varying stages of their career, wrote and arranged two songs each and then chose musicians from Lingua Franca World Community Performers to produce the final songs for [...]

World Music Bus Tour Manchester


The World Music Bus Tour takes in the main diverse cultural areas of Manchester City Centre over the course of two hours.  Manchester Tour Guide Emma Fox and Broadcaster Geli Berg host the tour and present the history of migrants to Manchester and the genres of music and dance in each area.  [...]

Glenda Berg (Geli)


When The Planets Align Director Managing Director Geli Berg is a writer, world music specialist, DJ, event producer and broadcaster.  Geli was born in the UK, but is of mixed heritage, which has fuelled her interest in diverse cultures. Want To Talk To Our Team? [...]

Lugemba Mackela (Pat)


When The Planets Align Director Lugemba (Pat) Mackela is an accomplished drummer, broadcaster and Community Leader from the DR Congo.  He has recently graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a degree in Community Development and is currently studying for his MA. Want To Talk [...]

Kuntal Maradan (Kanchan)


When The Planets Align Director Kanchan Maradan is a professional Kathak dancer who has been an empanelled artist with ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) since 2004. She is also a Member of The International Dance Council of UNESCO. Want To Talk To Our Team? [...]

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