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* EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION TO 12PM – NOON – 13 MARCH 2017 *
BECOME A NEW TRUSTEE OF THE AFRICA CENTRE!
We are looking for new trustees!
The new Africa Centre has an ambitious vision for future.
It is built around five pillars of activity and three buildings in Southwark where the rejuvenated centre will host cultural, social, intellectual, entrepreneurial & innovation and education activities.
We are looking for four new trustees to join the Board at this pivotal time with at least one of the following skills, experiences and/or backgrounds:
Culture, education, business, communications (including branding, PR and journalism),
fundraising and HR.
We are actively encouraging applicants with East, South and North African or Caribbean heritage as well as women, young people and people with disabilities.
If you are interested please send a CV or biography to Kojo Akuffo at
kojo.Akuffo@africacentre.org.uk by 12pm – noon - Monday 13th March 2017.
The Africa Centre team
Fashion Africa Conference
We are official sponsors of the social Enterprise Africa Fashion Guide’s 2015 conference.
Tilted Fashion Revolution Day (in remembrance of the Rana Plaza factory collapse victims in Bangladesh in 2013), the conference will act as a vehicle to create a social forum for all those attending to talk openly and share ideas, information and expertise, to raise awareness and elevate the perception of design from the continent.
This event is a must attend event where there will be a mix of press, brands and industry influencers and insiders. If you’re a fashion retailer, fashion designer, student or fashion business who is interested in sourcing and/or producing in Africa, with a strong, active interest in sustainability and ethical business practice – then you cannot miss this conference.
Chris Springs of British Museum
Hannah Pool of Guardian and London Southbank (WOW Women/Africa Utopia)
Helen Jennings of Arise and Kisua online store
Jordine Bartlett of Financial Times Lifestyle mag
Kiran/Alae of Styled by Africa
Laduma Ngxokolo of Maxhosa
Nkwo Onwuka of NKWO
Samson Soboye of Soboye
For the opportunity to listen to the best industry leaders in African fashion in London, together in one place then you cannot miss this event! REGISTER TODAY!
Zaïre through Popular Painting
Preview May 27th 3pm to 7pm
Exhibtion May 27th to June 30th
The Africa Centre & Sulger-Buel Lovell Gallery are honored to present 53 Echoes of Zaire: Popular Painting from Lubumbashi, DRC. A collection of popular paintings by several Congolese artists that depict 1970’s Zaire. These works offer an unparalleled opportunity to understand the country’s key historical moments, as recollected through folk memory. Many of the works from this collection have been included in international exhibitions such as A Congo Chronicle: Patrice Lumumba in Urban Art at the Museum for African Art, New York (1999- 2009).
The Africa Centre & Sulger-Buel Lovell are proud to exhibit these paintings, who for the first time will be exhibited in London from the 27th of May to 30th of June. The preview will be held on the 27th from 3pm to 7pm.
Gallery hours during exhibitions :
Tuesday to Friday 12h00 - 18h00
Saturday 15h00 - 18h00
+44 (0) 203 268 2101
The Loft, Unit La Gare, 51 Surrey Row, London SE1 0BZ
Media Representation and Africa
The Africa Centre is pleased to announce its partnership with the Centre of African Studies (‘CAS’), located in the heart of London.
It was founded in 1965 at the School of Oriental and African Studies (‘SOAS’), the only Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. Since 1999, it has been at the vanguard of interdisciplinary study, research and discussion regarding Africa, as well as promoting a wider awareness of African issues.
We are supporting their conference on the 20th February 2015, which will be discussing Africa’s media representation and narrative and how to encourage more institutional funding of the media. Our Vice-Chair, Bimpe Nkontchou, will also be speaking at this event.
Click on the image below for more information:
TedxEuston and the Africa Centre
This year’s TedxEuston “Facing Forward” on the 6th of December 2014 will be supported by the Africa Centre.
We will be live tweeting and, at lunch time holding a stall with some goodies. Come talk to us to find out more about our exciting new programming.
We will also be presenting the “Young Africa Centre”: a series of interactive evenings happening in 2015 for young people passionate about Africa who want to help shape our future.
The Africa Centre supports the African Creative Industries Investment Summit
The Africa Centre is supporting ACIIS, the premier event for Investment Opportunities in Africa's booming Creative Industries including advertising, arts, broadcasting, fashion, film, music, publishing and technology.
On April 10th, 2013, the African Creative Industries Investment Summit (ACIIS) was launched with a focused industry experts attendance of over 100 delegates and several hundred more streaming live online. Inspirational speakers from the creative industries included business leaders, policy makers, and entrepreneurs.
Salimata Diop, Programming and Projects Manager at the Africa Centre, will introduce the audience to the booming market for African contemporary art. She will explore the work and career of rising young artists from places such as Nigeria, Kenya and Senegal, and analyse the relationship between the development of a local art market on the one hand and economic development in general on the other hand.
For more information, visit: http://aciis.place4brics.com/
African Creative Business Programme: Developing Business Skills for the Art market
25th -26th April 9am to 5:30pm
A two day intensive and interactive course for emerging creative practitioners in any visual art discipline. Special guest speakers will be featured.
We welcome everyone from curators, writers, critics, gallerists, bloggers, critics, collectors, students, researchers, enthusiasts.
The Africa Centre at Africa on the Square
2014 marks 50 years of the Africa Centre, five decades of a remarkable history.
The Africa Centre will be exhibiting at Africa on the Square in Trafalgar Square on the 11th October 2014, offering a window into our rich heritage through iconic images from the Centre’s archives.
These images not only speak of the causes that were championed in the past but crucially also serve as an opportunity to engage with those themes in the present in an interactive and participatory way.
These limited edition images will be available to purchase on the day as posters and postcards.
Poster (A2): £10
Pack of 5 postcards for £3.50
Follow the link below for more information.
Hundreds flock to London for Africa Summer Festival
The 2nd Annual Africa Summer Festival has been held in London.
The event was organised by The Africa Centre, a charity established 50 years ago. In the 1960s to 70s, the centre's focus was on pan-Africanism and championing the independent movements across the African continent. Now, the Africa Centre acts as a window to the continent, reflecting its positive image.
Hundreds of people representing different cultures, nationalities and backgrounds, filled the cobbled streets of Covent Garden on Saturday. Storytellers, performers, artists and musicians were among many who showcased their talent to receptive attendees from across the world.
Voxafrica, 04 Aug 2014
Millennium Visits - The Africa Centre Summer Festival 2014, Covent Garden
Join the Millennium TV team as they cover the Africa Centre Summer Festival 2014 at Covent Garden, London. This film is the sequel to the inaugural Africa Centre Summer Festival which was covered by Millennium TV last year.
Some days on our community calender of events are guaranteed to live in the memory. Peter Cartwright (Millennium TV Cameraman) and Antoinette Alexis (Millennium TV Presenter) are still buzzing from their visit to the first ever Africa Centre Summer Festival 2013 at Covent Garden, London (http://www.mymillennium.tv/node/308). So when the Millennium TV team arrived to document ACSF 2014, the sense of anticipation and expectation in the performers, organisers and members of the public was there for all to see.
Our aim at Millennium TV was once to promote talented musicians and artists from all over the world. Thanks to the rich diet of performances and event which pass through the doors of our media partners such as the Africa Centre, our simple objective is fast becoming something that we just do.
This years festival was curated by Maggie Ralph of the African Fabric Shop. Maggie was ably advised by the Chris Spring, the Curator of the African Collection at the British Museum. The focus of this years festival was for the public to experience the rich tapestry of African textiles in their beauty and diversity. Members of the public were taken on an exciting journey which explained the origins of different fabrics from various regions of Africa.
Again, the audience in the West Piazza were expertly orchestrated by presenter, Henry Bonsu had no care for age,colour, religion or occupation. They were thirsty for drumming, , acrobatics and Folk Music from all over Africa. Their thirst was quenched admist sweltering conditions by the hypnotic drumming of Mamadou Sarr, the mesmeric acrobatics of the Black Eagles and stunning performances by The Venus Bushfires. Whereas last year culminated in an hour long set by headline act, Nneka - all the acts were headline in their own right this year. These performances were interspersed with African fashion shows, well choreagraphed flash mobs in the East Piazza and speeches of gratitude by the Trustees and organisers.
The East Piazza was a fiesta of flash mobs, acrobats against the back drop of Open Market stals selling their rich tapestry of African textiles. Look out for Millennium TV's presenter, Jacqueline Baker having her African head wrap expertly tied by a member of the extremely popular Kiyana Wraps team!
Even though the focus of ACSF 2014 was on textiles in contrast to the somewhat more euphoric focus on music and art in the Yinka Shonibare- curated ACSF 2013, there was a palpable sense of intimacy and a genuine feeling that the African narrative is indeed rising in the conciousness of those members of the global public who pass through globally recognised spaces such as Covent Garden, Somerset House, the Tate Gallery and the British Museum.
One key tradition that seems to have continued from last year was the way that members of all ethnic communities, not just the Afro-Carribbean community or the London community were very much at one, cheering, dancing and having the time of their lives.
Special mention is due to the Trustees of the Africa Centre, Brand Communications and EMC3 Ltd who produced this important event.