Thursday 9 June 2022 was a momentous occasion as we finally got round to celebrating the official opening of our new headquarters on Great Suffolk Street in Southwark, the cultural heartbeat of London. We had guests from all walks of life and key activities on the day included the unveiling of a mural by the late Mozambican artist Malangatan Valente Ngewnya. The piece, which was originally painted on the walls of our previous home in Covent Garden in 1987, now has pride of place in our new home.
We had the pleasure of having the ribbon-cutting ceremony officiated by the Deputy Mayor of London, Jules Pipe, The Rt Hon. Lord Paul Boateng, Sonia Boyce OBE RA, and Oba Nsugbe QC, Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Africa Centre.
We are now taking some time to prepare for full-scale operations and will be open to the public from 20 June 2022 with an exhibition by Tanzanian visual artist Sungi Mlengeya which will show until 24 July 2022.
We are a UK registered charity and our mission is to create and promote authentic African cultural experiences. We achieve this through spaces and platforms that encourage creative expression, social interaction, cultural exchange, learning and entrepreneurship, and innovation. We work with individuals, communities and organisations in different parts of Africa and its global diaspora. We serve African and Caribbean communities in the UK and welcome anyone with an interest in Africa. The Africa Centre has a long and rich history that we are immensely proud of, we are also excited about the plans we have for the future.
With the completion of the refurbishment of our new headquarters, we are currently working on new packages and rates for hiring our spaces for private events. Phase one of the building project has seen the completion and delivery of the ground, first, second and third floors which house our restaurant, bar, gallery, and event spaces, respectively. The third floor still needs a bit more work but will be available for immediate use.
Phase two will see the completion of the third and fourth floors and this is likely to be much later in the year. We will be making an announcement soon about our new spaces and rates so keep watching this space.
In the meantime, feel free to get in touch and let us know of your preferences and whether you would want us to record your details so we can contact you directly once new details are finalised.
We believe there is power in working together and sharing ideas. So we are always looking for opportunities to create new partnerships and build lasting relationships that are mutually beneficial. If you want to find out more about The Africa Centre or you have a proposal or suggestion for us, please do get in touch. To stay up to date on all the developments, you can subscribe to our Newsletter and follow us on social media (bottom of this page). You are also welcome to pay us a visit at our Southwark HQ once it is safe for us move around again.
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Phone: 0208 004 6436
Address: Arch 28, Old Union Yard Arches, 229 Union Street,London, SE1 0LR
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