Africa Utopia is back for a third year celebrating the arts and culture of one of the world’s most dynamic and fast-changing continents. The festival looks at how Africa can lead the way in thinking about culture, community, business and technology and includes topics ranging from fashion, gender and power to politics, sustainability and activism.
This year’s festival features some of Africa’s greatest artists across music, dance, literature and the arts. Highlights include: legendary drummer Tony Allen, one of the acknowledged co-founders of Afrobeat, performing with special guests; Senegalese super-group Orchestra Baobab; powerfully soulful West African singer Kassé Mady Diabaté; the ground-breaking launch of Europe’s first Black and Minority Ethnic classical symphony orchestra, Chineke!; an original play called Star Boy Productions charting the migrant’s story of survival; emerging African musicians including Cameroonian Blick Bassy; and a club night showcasing the influence of Africa on a new generation of UK artists and DJs, including Afriquoi and African Head Charge.
With something for everyone across the festival, join us to take part in lively Africa Utopia, free events, and workshops delving into the many faces of modern Africa. There’s also African-inspired fashion, a buzzing marketplace and delicious African street-food to enjoy.
Be it food, debates, fashion or music,check out the event listings to find something that tickles your fancy. Urbanknit will be taking part in the Diaspora Calling fashion and will also be available on the Soboye Market Stall.
For more information: www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/africa-utopia
When: Thursday 10 September 2015 – Sunday 13 September 2015
Where: The map
Announcing the fourth edition of Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival. It will also be its longest-running edition yet, kicking off on Friday, September 26 and ending-with a bang-on Nigeria’s Independence Day.
The Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival 2014, which spills into the October 1st holiday, is an opportunity to relax and recover something about African histories. With films like Oya, the Rise of the Orisha (2014), Africa’s first superhero movie named for the Yoruba warrior goddess and The Supreme Price (2014), a documentary on Nigeria’s pro-democracy movement, the audience is encouraged to reconsider our past with new eyes.
Curated around the theme LEGACY, Nigeria’s only festival dedicated to independent African film boasts, this year alone, more than 30 movies from over 20 countries. They will all be screened at the Federal Palace Hotel, an establishment steeped in a history as old as independent Nigeria itself.
This edition also stands out for its emphasis on television and the role it has played documenting our journey. Meanwhile, it stays true to the festival’s tradition by including free film workshops, hosting a colorful market of African crafts and gift items, live music, and a bevy of thrilling performances.
October 1 (2014), Kunle Afolayan’s latest opus set at a time when the country was still negotiating what independence from British rule would look like, will be signing off the festival week on a very high note.
Ultimately, reliving pivotal moments in history will help us chart a better course for our future.
For more information:
If you are in London this weekend do drop by at the Africa Centre Summer Festival. There will be music, performances, textile workshops, food and children’s activities.
There will also be a Market place where you will be able to browse and buy Urbanknit goodies! (Just look for the Vou Brown section)
See you on Saturday!
WHEN: 2nd August, 2014
WHERE: Ikoyi, Lagos
Highlights of the festival include, a performance by Tunde Jegede, a catwalk show by Africa Fashion Week London and a live performance by headline act Nneka. This event is free to members of the public and the Africa Centre sincerely hopes that you will join us for a challenging, provocative African festival, reflecting the progressive modernism that has emerged post-independence.
Music, fashion, photography, film and much more at the Africa centre. A festival weekend of music, fashion, dance, food, performances and film in and around Covent Garden Piazza.
For more information: http://www.africacentre.org.uk/event/africa-centre-summer-festival/
See you there!