Well done Boris!
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has confirmed more details of the new African festival he is supporting in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 11 October, as part of the capital’s Black History Month celebrations.
Everyone is invited to attend Africa on the Square, which presents an exciting programme inspired by the traditions and cultures of the African continent. The free event is being supported by Lebara, Air France and The Voice newspaper.
The stage line-up, compered by Abrantee and Usifu Jalloh, the Cowfoot Prince, reflects the diversity of London African communities. Performers include: Dele Sosimi’s Afrobeat Experience (Nigeria); Gnawa Griot featuring Simo Lagnawi (Morocco) and Jally Kebba Susso (Gambia); Aar Maanta (Somalia); Anna Mudeka Band (Zimbabwe/South Africa); and Baba Adesose Wallace (West Africa). There will be a West African drumming circle, plus African acrobats and dancers. Rita Ray, renowned for bringing global sounds to dancers and music fans around the world, will DJ the event.
There will be an exclusive fashion show directed by Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL) and Simplicious (African Street Style Festival), which will feature designers from the contemporary African UK fashion scene. There will be an African market selling a range of African themed products, including fashion and arts and crafts, plus food stalls, and a host of activities for children and families to get involved in, such as hair braiding, bead-making and batik-making.
A highlight will be Africa on the Square Celebrates Talent (ACT), giving aspiring performers under 25 the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience, as well as a panel of judges who will select the overall winner.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: ‘London is home to a large and diverse number of African communities, who contribute to the cultural and economic life of the capital and reinforce the historic ties we have to that great continent. As we mark Black History Month I am delighted to be welcoming this celebration of African culture to Trafalgar Square. It will be an opportunity for all Londoners to explore Africa’s rich heritage and traditions.’
Lebara Group’s CEO, Yoganathan Ratheesan, said: ‘We’re very proud to be part of Black History Month for the first time and to be supporting Africa on the Square, a festival of African talent, food and culture. At Lebara we understand the importance of celebrating tradition, respecting different communities and bringing friends and family together.’
People attending Africa on the Square should look out for the Air France stall. The airline, which flies to over 30 destinations on the African continent, is offering the chance to win tickets to Nigeria on the day.
Event: Africa on the Square
Date: Saturday 11 October 2014
Location: Trafalgar Square
For information about Africa on the Square go to: www.london.gov.uk/events