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Cultural Celebration takes over Southwark streets

CELEBRATION: Africa Centre Summer Festival 2017

THE AFRICA Centre Summer Festival 2017 is a vibrant street festival that brings music, art, food and fashion from Africa and the Diaspora to the Africa Centre’s new home on Great Suffolk Street, Southwark, London.

This free event is an immersive day of African and black British music, art and culture, bringing together rising stars, a pan-African blend of iconic bands and new young voices from the diaspora, alongside art installations and an exhibition showcasing diverse artists with African heritage. Over 30 artists, DJs and bands will perform across three stages, celebrating the diversity and influence of African and black British music.

The Black British Music Stage, hosted by dynamite lyricist and M.I.A collaborator Afrikan Boy who will also close the event with a special set in his own inimitable style, includes home grown artists throughout the day. Paigey Caikey brings her distinctive razor-sharp social commentary with a gritty urban edge, soulful music set by Londoner Hak Baker (former member of the grime collective B.O.M.B Squad), neo soul and R&B songstress Nerija, Dee Adjayi and Gambimi (both from Birmingham), 13-strong group The Fedz and more.

The Africa Music Stage by Colourful Radio FM, will be a magic blend of afrofusion and traditional beats straight from the motherland by iconic Nelson & Friends, Amira Kheir, DJ Oya Bun, Kasai Masai, Seeds Of Creation, Dele Sosimi & The Afrobeat Orchestra, Afriquoi and many others.

Young Africa Centre Stage is programmed by the dynamic team that runs the Young Africa group and features new sounds of Afrotrap to soulful singers and Spoken Word bands including Autumn Sharif, Nia Ekanem, Kelz BTK, Futures Yesterday (DJ), Uyi, Josh Tenor and more.

"For the Young Africa Centre Stage, we went about looking for the best young representation of Africa and the diaspora in UK. From the new sounds of Afrotrap to soulful singers and Spoken Word bands, this is the new sound of Africa coming from the UK," said Efosa Omorogbe of the Young Africa Centre group.

In an exciting development, the Africa Centre Summer Festival 2017, includes visual art featuring a number of acclaimed African artists with a commissioned pop-up cinema and bar installation by British-Nigerian inside artist and designer Yinka Ilori in one of the Africa centre’s two railway arches at Old Union Yard. Visual art at the festival also features special installations from celebrated sculptor, Sokari Douglas Camp CBE whose 'Corten Head' will be unveiled just outside the Africa Centre. In Surrey Row, the Sulger-Buel Lovell Gallery will showcase the work of two highly original talents, Zimbabwe based artist Georgina Maxim and Ghanaian artist Larry Amponsah.

The Africa Centre Summer Festival will be enhanced by family and child-friendly activities including over 50 street stalls of fashion, jewellery and craft and food from across the African continent and beyond.

The Africa Centre will also present its plans for the re-development of its new home in Southwark, which include the opening of its café-bar alongside its very own contemporary performance space as well as workshop and training programmed at its co-working space THE HUB.

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