Saturday August 17th 2019 Go Africa, beginning at 1pm and ending late, will be a 12 hour celebration of all African influences in London and especially the Borough of Islington.
Go Africa will be an Annual Summer Community led cultural festival organised by British born Gambian, Anna Njie in collaboration with The Pilion Trust and held at The Ringcross Community Centre. It will be an African themed visual arts celebration (in all disciplines); A vibrant day and night for all ages and genres of African Diaspora culture and community.
The exciting plus to the event is the celebration of newly appointed Mayor of Islington, Somali born Rakhia Ismail who has positive aspirations for supporting the African Diaspora to be more visible in creative practices.
“Go Africa” is a movement to mobilise the African & Caribbean creative communities to come together to showcase talent, art, culture and education. There will also be a market place where people can buy original and first hand handcrafts and interactive workshops including book reading from Conscious Dreams publishing to support young adults and children.
Go Africa’s main purpose is to improve the communities and neighbours understanding of each other’s cultures and is a movement to mobilise the African creative communities (particularly those in the North London area) to collaborate and showcase positive talent, art, literature and African World music.
Activities will include interactive workshops: Drumming from Blema; Poetry; African Dance; Tribal Face painting; Tips on braiding and styling Natural Hair. Cup cake decorating workshop by Toyah; Arts and crafts; Dance performance by Kekeli African Dance Esemble; Kora Player demonstration and stage performance by Momodou Diallo.
Live Performances: Go Africa World Music Concert:
6pm to late:
Including performances and collaborations with Virtuoso Kora Play and Griot from Guinea – Mosi Conde; South African composer and musician Lucien Windrich – eVoid Band; James PB vocalist and guitarist from Emo funk band “Little Things”; Brendon Pickett – Piano/ Keyboards of band “Full Action Family”; Mona Daniel – Drummer/ Percussionist of African Dance Company “Adzido” ; Introducing Eritrean born singer Betty Alehayehu more artists TBC.
Eventbrite Go Africa Cultural Festival
Facebook group: Go Africa Festival