The Africa Centre exists to promote Africa’s creative expression and cultural diversity outside of the continent. We promote innovation in African art, culture, business and entrepreneurship in London. Throughout its rich 50-year history, the Africa Centre has inspired, enlightened, challenged and encouraged.


The Africa Centre is dedicated to offering the African diaspora and all people interested in African heritage, economic outlook, cultural trends and business innovations, a platform for experiencing events, engaging in debates and lectures of artistic, cultural or business focus as well as developing programmes and collaborations.


Since December 2016, the Africa Centre houses a new co-working space championing Africa’s creative and entrepreneurial spirit: THE HUB. Totalling 2216sq ft split across ground and mezzanine floors, THE HUB boasts hot desks and studio space, in a décor inspired by British-Nigerian designer Yinka Ilori.


Africa Centre becomes a vital instrument for the multiple voices of liberation during the struggles for independence on the continent.

Africa Centre hosts numerous art exhibitions, including ‘Zimbabwe Contemporary Stone Sculpture’ held at the Barbican and opened by HRH the Prince of Wales.

The resolution of South Africa’s independence struggle, and other ongoing changes in Africa and the UK, influence the Africa Centre to rethink its mission: “To be a flagship for Africa in Europe promoting the aspirations of Africa and its Diaspora.


In particular to promote cultural, economic and socio-political initiatives in Britain and the rest of Europe that assist in the development of Africa.”

Africa Centre opens its doors to the public in 1964, becoming a vibrant home-away-from-home and cultural hub for the African diaspora in London.

Global economic factors help to further establish the Africa Centre. It presents an acclaimed series of cultural events, while becoming an important hub for African innovation, arts and commerce. The Centre continues to host monthly events, including panel discussions, African film screenings and cultural partnership events.

Originally based in King Street (Convent Garden), the Africa Centre celebrates its Golden Jubilee with a move to its new home in Southwark. The Africa Centre has now a five-storey building and two adjacent railway arches respectively dedicated to start-ups and freelancers, as well as creative productions and events.


The Africa Centre continues to look forward, with firm appreciation of its rich legacy and important role in supporting and promoting art, culture,  and business in London.