We’re just one week away from a special festival looking at what can be learnt and celebrated from Africa and the African diaspora. I’m looking forward to this second edition of the Africa Utopia festival for 3 main reasons:
1. The Great Line-up
My top 5 picks include:
- A Brief Look at Dance in Africa – a lecture/demonstration looking at the variety of dances across the continent, using performance, percussion and film.
- Africa Calling – work by new and established designers from Africa and the diaspora spanning furniture, fashion, graphic arts and more.
- Africa on the Catwalk – a selection of fashion and accessory designers who originate from or are inspired by the rich cultural heritage of Africa (including Asilia client, Adele Dejak!)
- Afropolis: New African Aesthetic – From the catwalk shows of Yves St Laurent to the windows of Topshop and Zara, style-wise, Africa is everywhere. What are the deeper aesthetic and socio-cultural dynamics at work behind this phenomenon and what impact does it have on African regional and cultural identities?
- Simply Soweto Encha – a five-piece a cappella group from Soweto township that sings gospel, soul, jazz, doo-wop, r’n’b and celebrates South African oral and dance traditions. I have a super weak spot for a cappella!
There are so many other great events throughout the weekend that I hope to check out. View the full programme here.
2. Asilia's Social Media Workshop
Following my workshop at the Women of the World Festival, earlier this year, I’ve been invited back to run a special session at Africa Utopia. Come spend an hour with me to explore how to use the web and social media as tools to:
- Celebrate and share your experience, perspective and vision with the world
- Connect with kindred spirits
- Monetise your activities
- Contribute more of your passion to your community and the world
More info here.
3. Asilia’s Stall at the Africa Utopia Marketplace
We’ll be launching the first of our brand new holiday line and we’ll also have a limited number of our Tropical Paleo, Miriam Makeba and Frida Kahlo art prints on sale. It’s also an opportunity to place your order for custom portraits. They’re great as gifts and it’s never too early to start your Christmas shopping! Creativity and Noise will be joining us too with a selection of hand screenprinted tees from our collaboration.
Follow me (@lulukitololo) and Asilia (@weareasilia) – on Instagram for a document of the long weekend. If you're in London – come say hello!