Sickle Cell Anaemia in the Black Community

The Young Africa Centre invites you to a compelling evening dedicated to raising awareness about Sickle Cell Disease. Join us on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, at 6:30 pm for an insightful exploration into the background and impact of sickle cell disease within the Black community. Read more

Skill Up, Scale Up

Are you a photographer, illustrator, poet, musician, singer-songwriter, journalist, or multi-talented creative enthusiast? Whether you're just starting, navigating the early stages of your creative journey, or looking to upskill, this event is tailor-made for you! Read more

Open Mic Night

This Open Mic Night event is part of the 12-month National Heritage-funded Malangatana Heritage Programme curated by Haja Fanta. Open to all, whether seasoned performers, amateurs, or first-timers. Come join the fun! Read more

I Am More Dangerous Dead - Screening

I Am More Dangerous Dead is the story of Ken Saro-Wiwa, a name largely unknown in contemporary households, but deserving of global recognition as the Twentieth century’s greatest climate action hero. Read more

Alkebulan Games Night - 2

Ancestral Futures x SXWKS x The Africa Centre proudly present an evening of friendly competition through some of the games that defined childhood both in different parts of the Motherland and in the general black British context. Fun. Games. Music. Culture. Read more

Company Yaya - Lost Africa Voices of WW2

Join us for an insightful evening as we unveil the untold stories of Nigerian soldiers in World War II, featuring powerful narratives and personal accounts. This captivating screening will shed light on their contributions and sacrifices. Read more

Courtney Conrad - I Am Evidence II

Following a sold-out first event to celebrate the launch of Courtney's new book, this is a follow-up due to popular demand. I Am Evidence was the winner of the 2022 Mslexia Women’s Poetry Pamphlet Competition judged by Imtiaz Dharker, and includes some work that won her an Eric Gregory Award in 2022. Read more

Uppity: An Intellectual Playground For The Refined & The Boujee

Part townhall, part variety show, yet ruggedly intellectual, Uppity is a monthly interactive convening of writers, artists, thinkers, politicians, comedians, professionals, and, most importantly: you - for an irreverent exploration of arts, culture, and politics. All deep fried in unapologetic Blackness. Read more

Kasai Masai - Congolese Rumba Live Performance

Live Performance. A mix of Congolese Rumba and Soukous meld with Congolese folkloric tradition to create an infectious form of dance music. “Kasai Masai successfully marries a respect for vintage grooves with an overwhelming urge to move the dance floor this is the sound of the old and new, of the countryside and the city, from deep in the heart of Africa…” Nige Tassell—Womad Festival Read more

Kaía Laurielle: 'Without Hearts, There Is No Home'

A conceptual live music project illustrating how our relationship with ourselves and others is where we find love and home. Kaía will take the audience on a story-telling journey through the themes of home, love and belonging. The night will incorporate a live performance, storytelling, and conversations. Read more

The Ancestors: Film Screening and Q&A

A film based on 1807 play written by French POWs held at Portchester Castle about the Haitian Revolution in 1793. The Ancestors draws on the real stories of the Black revolutionaries, the 2000 Black Caribbean Prisoners of War who were held at Portchester during the Napoleonic and Revolutionary Wars, and the experience of women who accompanied their husbands to Portchester after their capture. The screening will be followed by a Q&A. Read more

Courtney Conrad - I Am Evidence

Book launch by Courtney Conrad featuring live poetry reading, and Jamaican street dance, accompanied by a live DJ playing Reggae, Dancehall, and Afro-Beats. Read more

1:54 x The Africa Centre Open Day

A collaboration between 1:54 Contemporary African Art and The Africa Centre. An open day for visitors to enjoy African art, food, and entertainment. Read more

Climate Change and Your Community Exhibition

Africa Soft Power, in association with African Women on Board, launched the Climate Change Photo Essay Prize for young people by open call earlier this year. Doux Free, a Rwandan photographer, was chosen by the judges as the overall winner for his series Misty Morning of Changes. The other finalists are Nigerian photographer Eiseke Bolaji, Togolese photographer Emerson Lawson, and Nigerian photographer Abubakar Sadiq Mustapha. Read more

Portraits For English To See

A collaboration between Angolan-Portuguese gallery This Is Not A White Cube and The Africa Centre, London, featuring a debut solo show by Santomean artist René Tavares. The exhibition is curated by the acclaimed Angolan architect and curator Paula Nascimento, winner of the 2013 Golden Lion for Best National Participation at the Venice Biennale. Read more

Ki'mon: Eastern Nigerian Afro-Funk Revolution

The first screening of "Kimon! The Eastern Nigerian AfroFunk Revolution 1970-1980". Followed by a performance by the Lagos Afrofunk Collective led by Ed Keazor. Read more

Alkebulan Games Night

Ancestral Futures x SXWKS x The Africa Centre proudly present an evening of friendly competition through some of the games that defined childhood both in different parts of the Motherland and in the general black British context. Fun. Games. Music. Culture. Read more

African Sprituality and Philosophy

The Young Africa Centre presents author, historian, and academic luminary, Robin Walker, leading a discussion on African Spirituality and Philosophy. The in-conversation and audience Q&A session will be moderated by Lyndon Mukasa, a journalist and writer at the Voice Newspaper. Read more

Oasis Of Freedom

A collaboration between Young Africa Centre and Diaspora Reflections. This event will involve gamified networking and intimate discussions, as well as participation in different art forms including dance, music, immersive poetry, and literature. Read more

Phillis in London

Join us to celebrate a tale of creativity and resistance with award-winning playwright, Ade Solanke, whose original new play, Phillis in London, dramatises and re-imagines Wheatley’s experience as an African Woman writer abroad in Georgian London. She'll be joined by Diane Abbott to explore the landscape of African-Georgian London. Read more