Africa Utopia is a month-long festival of music, theatre, film, literature, dance, fashion, talks and debates programmed by Southbank Centre in conjunction with renowned Senegalese singer and human-rights campaigner Baaba Maal, as part of Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World with MasterCard.
Throughout the festival there are performances by iconic musicians who share Baaba Maal’s belief in the power of music for social change.
You can also hear from writers who provide insight into the reality of contemporary African culture. Meanwhile an invited group of young delegates – guided by ‘elders’ including Baaba Maal and Lemn Sissay – explore how art projects can be mobilized to bring about social change.
In collaboration with Ola Shobowale, Creative Director of Infinite Beauty Factory, and Arise Magazine Fashion Director Sabrina Henry, we present a selection of exciting fashion designers who originate from Africa or are inspired by the rich cultural heritage of Africa.
Designers include Bestow Elan (Ghana/UK), Chichia London (Tanzania/UK), Eki Orleans (Nigeria/UK), Madam Wokie (Sierra Leone), of all who are featured in our coffee table book Fashion Africa (you can pick up your very own copy here) and also designers Kezia Frederick (UK), and MO SAÏQUE Shoes (Ghana/UK).
We will be there and will also be partaking in a very special event as part of the Africa Utopia festival – watch this space to hear more!
Overall make sure you come along, join in and be part of this brand new festival!