Last week I attended The Africa Centre Summer Festival, an annual event that brings together the best of African culture to the streets of Central London. The festival is a free street event where people from all walks of life with an interest in African and Diasporic music and culture come together to eat good food, listen to live music, dance, find the latest cultural fashion, buy lots of goodies and just have fun! It hosts two music stages, one youth dance stage, that covers nine streets and has over 150 vendors!
I had previously heard about this event before but had never got around to going, and so this year I was determined to make an appearance. Long story short, I am so happy that I did! The event was nothing short of AMAZING! The vibrant stalls, the friendly people, and the entertainment was BRILLIANT! It truly made me feel like I was connecting with my roots, and was engrossed in the African culture. The streets were brought alive by all the pop-up shops selling everything you could think of i.e. unique clothes, jewelry, accessories, toys, kitchenware, skincare products etc. Artists such as Che Lingo, Kwamz & Flava, Lotto Boyzz, Suli Breaks, Kadialy Kouyate graced the stage to provide us with entertaining live music and education. The vibe was very friendly, care-free and welcoming, you could tell everyone wanted to have a good time.
What I enjoyed most about the event is the fact that African and Black British culture has changed so much since I was a child. Before I would have never had the confidence to wear Africa shaped earrings, African attire outside of a family event, or even have my natural hair out! What before was deemed as something to be ashamed of is now a celebration! And the fact that organizations such as the African Centre are promoting African and Black British culture like this is like a breath of fresh air. It is an excellent way to show the future generations that they should be proud of who they are, and that this should be celebrated. It truly makes me proud to be British and African. We have seriously come a long way! So thank you @theafricacentre for holding this brilliant event and showing the UK what we have to offer! 😉 I cannot wait for the next one!
For anyone looking for… I HIGHLY recommend this event, it’s one of the best events yet!
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