From Friday 10th to Sunday 12th of June 2022, The Africa Centre celebrates the opening of its new home in Southwark, London through a series of exciting events.

This is a momentous occasion that calls for joyous celebrations so we hope that you are able to join us, either physically or virtually. **Please note that spaces are very limited so you will need to register as soon as possible to secure your space.

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Opening Day 1

Open House: Africa by Design

An opportunity to celebrate and engage with the incredible creative talent behind key design elements of The Africa Centre’s new home such as the architecture, interiors, branding, and visual art.

This event will include a full tour of our new space and detailed presentations from our architects, Freehaus Design, our interior designer, Tola Ojuolape, and our brand designers, Mam’gobozi Design Factory. You’ll get exclusive insight into the inspiration and processes behind the final deliverables.

Opening Day 1 Event 2
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New Narratives with Afrobeats

Curated in partnership with Africa No Filter, this powerful panel discussion explores the impact of Afrobeats visuals in helping to change perceptions about Africa and the modern African cultural experience. With key figures from the Afrobeats music scene as speakers, this will be an insightful discussion unpacking the formidable potential of the dominant sounds and visuals from contemporary Africa to challenge stereotypes and shape new narratives.

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11 JUNE 1:30

Clothing customisation workshop

Our introduction to sustainable fashion customisation is hosted by artist Emmanuel Unaji. The hour-long workshop will examine clothing customisation techniques Emmanuel uses for his own custom garments. You will learn how to reuse and repropose your old clothing items into unique statement pieces to take home.

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Jollof Cook-off

A battle to settle the longstanding debate about who cooks the best jollof rice. Don’t miss out.

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A New Dawn: Reflections on Body & Movement

A precursor to Sungi Mlengeya’s (Un)choreographed exhibition at The Africa Centre from June 20th, we are pleased to host and facilitate this moderated conversation between independent co-curator Tammi Bello with artists Sungi, Miranda Forrester, and Zeinab Saleh.

 

Followed by a Q&A, the talk will reflect upon and explore how the themes of femininity and dance intersect in their practices. Particularly how the body and movement can become a vessel for joy, tenderness, and boldness for Black Womxn. Through the perspective of the exhibiting artist alongside the two London-based artists, we invite you to this Diaspora Dialogue, a meeting of minds and space.

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Poetry X Sip n’ Paint: Young Africa Centre

Curated by the Young Africa Centre, this Poetry X Sip and Paint event will explore themes of Home, Black(ness) in the UK, and Migration and what these mean to young people’s feelings and their sense of belonging and identity.

 

The evening will feature poetry by Courtney Conrad and Kaozara Oyalowo and live, experimental music by Uromi. All featured creatives are from African and Caribbean backgrounds and they each hold bold and firm views about some of the themes above.

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The African Market

The Africa Centres African Market is back as part of the official opening of our new home in Southwark, the cultural heart of London!

We are bringing together the best of African and Diaspora culture to The Africa Centre featuring dozens of African and Caribbean designers, vendors, and entrepreneurs selling everything from books, fashion, furniture, artwork, jewelry, and skincare products, etc. Join us for a weekend of vibes, fun, shopping, entertainment, and much more!

The event is brought to you in partnership with Open The Gate.

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COVID-19 - A Message from The Africa Centre

In view of the current situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to ensure the safety of the public and staff at The Africa Centre, our offices will be closed until further notice. 

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