Just to wish you all a Happy New Year. We are already a week into 2013, isn’t that something.
We have so so so many exciting new things lined up this year. Its going to be a fantastic year.
From design events, cool tee shirts, cool music, new products, interesting creations and creators and much more.
Stay plugged into Urbanknit and enjoy the ride with us.
As a follow up on our introduction of the A to Z initiative (where we donate proceeds from products made with upcycled, recycled fabric to a chosen charity), we have recently chosen to support LOTS charity in Ajegunle, Lagos State, Nigeria.
There is so much need in the world and sometimes it may seem as though we can’t do anything about. Well I believe strongly that ANY contribution no matter how seemingly small always makes a greater difference than we imagine.
I have had the opportunity of meeting the special people that set up and run this charity and the beautiful amazing children they are supporting. There are no words to describe the experience but it has left a strong and lasting desire to support them in our own way.
To find out more about LOTS charity- www.lotscharityfoundation.org
If you would like to support them to them as well as other causes, here is a great platform to do so www.234Give.com
We are very excited to let you know we have a new stockist, this time in London. You can now get Urbanknit clutches, scarves, cushions and more from Vou Brown boutique.
Please stop by and have a look!
Vou Brown74 Willesden Lane London NW6 7TA United Kingdom
Third Annual LagosPhoto Festival
Opens 13th October 2012
With Leading Local and International Photographers
LagosPhoto proudly presents the third edition of its international photography festival entitled “7 Days in the Life of Lagos”, featuring 29 local and international photographers.
Participating photographers in LagosPhoto 2012 include: Halima Abubakar, Bunmi Adedipe, Segun Adelfila, Aderemi Adegbite, Jenevieve Aken, Akintunde Akinleye, Kelechi Amadi-Obi, Lolade Cameron Cole, Medina Dugger, Delphine Fawundu, Maja Flink, Stanley Greene, Jane Hahn, Chantal Heijnen, Chinenye Godsproperty John, David de Jong, Benedicte Kurzen, Ruth McDowall, Jide Odukoya, Lakin Ogunbanwo, Olayinka Oluwakuse, Bayo Omoboriowo, George Osodi, Judith Quax, Olayinka Sangotoye, Alafuro Sikoki, Andrea Stultiens, Margherita Trestini, and Hans Wilschut.
This year’s edition aims to capture the energy and vibrance that make the city of Lagos such a unique cultural environment. Lagos is the creative and business hub of Nigeria, arguably even Africa, an urban megapolis with a high population density. The rate of change in the city is also rapidly evolving with improvements struggling to keep pace with the restlessness and innovation of the people. Lagos is the most populous city in Nigeria, the second fastest growing city in Africa and the seventh fastest growing city in the world. A city of extremes and contradictions, Lagos transforms with the fast pace of urban migration and the explosion of development and technology that is dissolving barriers and leading to new types of interactions. LagosPhoto 2012 aims to document the city of Lagos from a comprehensive and nuanced perspective, one that reveals the big picture by focusing on the minute details of social life. Photographers were nominated to document aspects of life in the city with an extended photographic project, with topics including religion, architecture, culture, nightlife, economy, music, lifestyle, sports, government, and infrastructure, among others. By providing a plural point of view that includes the many facets of daily life in diverse socio-economic communities of Lagos, LagosPhoto 2012 continues its philosophy in documenting and inspiring change through photography.
LagosPhoto 2012 will open with the official exhibition at the Eko Hotel & Suites. LagosPhoto 2012 extends its mission in engaging the city of Lagos and the public by extending the exhibition to nine simultaneous satellite exhibition spaces throughout the city of Lagos. Exhibition venues include the African Artists’ Foundation, Nimbus Gallery, A White Space, Omenka Gallery, The Federal Printing Press, The Kalakuta Fela Museum, Muri Okunola Park, the University of Lagos, and the Falomo Roundabout.
An exhibition of photographs that document the ongoing demolition of Makoko will inaugurate the newly created LagosPhoto Projects series at the African Artists’ Foundation Gallery, where a group of photographers and journalists intervene in public spaces to reveal stories of the changing social landscape in Nigeria. Anton Cobijn’s photographs of Fela Kuti in the early 1980s will be exhibited at the Kalakuta Fela Museum in a partnership between Felabration and LagosPhoto. An installation of the Nigeria Nostalgia Project, an online digital archive of collected photographs, including vernacular images, video, sound bytes, press clippings, publicity stills, and various ephemera depicting scenes in people in Nigeria between 1960-1980, will unfold in an interactive presentation at A White Space. Goethe-Institut Nigeria will partner with LagosPhoto to present an installation entitledBlack.Light at the Federal Printing Press in Lagos Island. Black.Light is based on the work of renowned war photographer Wolf Böwig’s report on West African Civil Wars, and includes fifteen graphic artists from around the world in a combination of photographs, literary texts, and graphic novels. Outdoor venues such as the Muri Okunola Park, the University of Lagos, and theFalomo Roundabout engage public spaces throughout the city with exhibitions of large scale, durable outdoor photographic prints.
Schedule of events http://www.lagosphotofestival.com/edition-2012.php
What’s Small Business Sunday?
Small Business Sunday, shortened to the hashtag #SBS on Twitter, was created by Theo Paphitis in October 2010. Theo is best known for his star role in TV’s Dragons’ Den. He is Chairman of Ryman Stationery plus Boux Avenue lingerie and joint owner of Red Letter Days.
Each week Theo rewards small businesses that tweet him @TheoPaphitis and describe their business in one tweet including the all-important hashtag #SBS. Only tweets made in the time slot between 5.00 PM and 7.30 PM each Sunday count.
Each week Theo reviews and chooses his favourite lucky six who are then re-tweeted. As he has over 260,000 followers, this provides a massive boost to the chosen lucky businesses.
And guess what… drum roll…. Urbanknit was chosen as one of the lucky sick last Sunday (7th of October)! It was a pleasant surprise and we could hardly cope with the traffic on twitter!
We’ve even got our profile page on Theo’s website right here http://www.theopaphitissbs.com/profile/urbanknit
Go have a look around and for other UK businesses interested in taking part, here how.
You can follow our other shenanigans on twitter @urbanknit
On Thursday 20th September, get the first taste of latest addition of cool new music to the London scene. With a blend of Hip-Hop, Afro Beat and beautiful lyrics, Native Sun perform live for one night only at London’s hottest music venue Bedroom Bar Shoreditch.
Performing tracks from their debut album Indigenous Sounds, Native Sun will also be supported by: Amen Noir, Bumi Thomas, Global Faction, Kat Francois and Restless Beings.
Native Sun is a London based duo consisting of bilingual rapperMohammed Yahya, born in Mozambique, South East Africa andsinger-song writer Sarina Leah born in London with Caribbean roots. Joining forces in 2010 Native Sun was born fusing Hip Hop andAfrican rhythms with the aim of promoting a positive message of universal peace, equality, social justice and environmental change.
Both artists over the years have received a great deal of publicity through collaborations on a variety of compilation CDs, albums, international Tours across Europe, U.S. and Africa. They have also featured on a wide range of publications as well as TV appearances from UK based TV Channels such as BBC and ITV to Channels across Europe. Now together, Native Sun’s sweet melodies fuse addictive headbouncing Hip Hop undertones, conscious bilingual lyrics andcatchy hooks perfect for a climate in need of an uplifting message.
This year’s Film Festival falls on the long holiday weekend to mark Nigeria’s Independence Day and film picks will revolve around the theme ‘Shine your Eye.’
‘Shine Your Eye’, is a Nigerian expression urging to look beneath the surface, speaks to the need for active citizens to ask questions, seek answers and possess their space.
This year’s festival promises an exciting multi-venue presentation of the best African independent cinema to be screened at some of Lagos’s most dynamic, ambient and historic spaces. Lights, Camera, Africa!!! 2012 will feature special feature and documentary screenings, workshops and discussions at British Council, Southern Sun Hotel and Freedom Park in Lagos from 28 Sept till 1 October.
PROGRAMMEDAY 1 – Friday, 28 September, 2012 (Invitation Only) Venue – British Council, Thompson Avenue, Ikoyi
6.00pm – 7.00pm: Cocktail Reception to usher in 2nd LCA Festival
7.05pm – 7.15pm: Festival Opening Remarks – Peace Anyiam Osigwe (CEO-AMAA)
7.20pm – 7.30pm: Sponsor Remarks – First Bank of Nigeria
7.45pm – 9.05pm: Festival Premiere Film Man on Ground – Dir. Akin Omotoso, SOUTH AFRICA, 2011, 80min
9.15pm – 9.45pm: Q+A Session with Akin Omotoso (Dir. Man on Ground) DAY 2 – Saturday, 29 September, 2012
Venue – Southern Sun Hotel, Kingsway Road, Ikoyi
12.00pm – 12.10pm: Welcome Address – TEAM LCA!!! 2012
12.15pm – 12.55pm: Festival Film 2 Where do I Stand? – Dir. Molly Blank, South Africa, 2010, 38 min.
1.30pm – 3.10pm: Festival Film 3 Saworoide – Dir. Tunde Kelani, Nigeria. 98 min.
3.30pm – 4.30pm: Discussion anchored by The Life House and Commitee of Relevant Arts (CORA)
Topic- “Shine Your Eye”: Film as eyewitness
4.50pm – 5.00pm: Festival Film 4 Dr. Cruel – Dir. Teco Benson and Jakob Boeskov, Nigeria /USA, 2010, 9 min.
5.00pm – 6.30pm: Festival Film 5 Our Beloved Sudan – Dir. Taghreed Elsanhouri, Sudan, 2011, 92 min.
6.45pm – 8.30pm: Festival Film 6 Man on Ground – Dir. Akin Omotoso, SOUTH AFRICA, 2011, 80min
8.35pm –10.00pm: Post-Screening Social/Cocktails DAY 3 – Sunday, 30 September, 2012 (Part 1)
Venue – British Council, Thompson Avenue, Ikoyi
12.00pm – 1.10pm: Festival Film 7 Driving with Fanon – Dir. Kwena Mokwena SOUTH AFRICA/SIERRA LEONE, 2010, 70min. 1.25pm – 1.50pm: Conversation In Conversation with Mahen Bonetti. Moderated by Femi Odugbemi 2.00pm – 3.30pm: Festival Film 8 – Documentary Call me Kuchu – Dir. Katherine Fairfax Wright & Malika Zouhali-Worrall, U.S., 2012,90 mins
3.45pm – 4.45pm: Festival Workshop Cinematography Masterclass by Tunde Kelani DAY 3 – Sunday, 30 September, 2012 (Part 2)
Venue – Freedom Park, Campbell Street, Lagos
7.00pm – 7.15pm: Festival Film 9Big Man – Dir. Julius Onah, Nigeria, 2010, 14min
7.30pm – 8.45pm: Festival Film 10 Yoole – Dir. Moussa Sene Absa, Barbados/Senegal, 2010, 75 min.
9.00pm – late: LCA Festival Party in the Park featuring Open Mic Music and Poetry DAY 4 – Monday, 1 October, 2012
Venue – Freedom Park, Campbell Street, Lagos
4.00pm – 4.40pm: Festival Film 11 Stadium Hotel – Dir. F Bazalgette, T Gardner, J Hughes and M Millington UK 2012, 38 min. 5.00pm – 6.00pm: Discussion anchored by Kachifo Ltd Topic: Acquiring Film Rights for Books
6.10pm – 6.50pm: Interlude/Light Entertainment
7.00pm – 9.30pm: Festival Film Finale NAIJ, A History of Nigeria – Dir. Jide Olanrewaju, Nigeria/UK, 2007. 150mins
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I thoroughly enjoyed the festival last year and it promises to be even better this year! Please go, you will have a fantastic time and come away very enlightened.
Cool News! A selection of Urbanknit goodies is now available at the National Centre for Craft and Design in Lincolnshire. So if you are round the way, do visit!
The National Centre for Craft & Design