Africa on the Square
Today I visited Africa on the Square in London’s Trafalgar Square. Africa on the Square returns to Trafalgar Square in 2016 for the third year on Saturday 15th October. This popular free public event celebrates African arts and culture.
There was a wide range of activities highlighting communities from across the African continent. An amazing line-up of entertainment on the day including live music, DJs, dancing and a talent and fashion show.
Also an African market is a huge draw especially the street food. Food stalls representing many African nations looked and smelled fantastic. Market stalls included arts, crafts, fashion and lots of fun stuff for kids.
Another highlight on the lower terrace of Trafalgar square African acrobats put on a spectacular show. Also performers in traditional African attire performed drumming and dance.
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair
Before visiting Africa on the Square I visited Somerset house. The 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair takes place at Somerset House each October. 1:54 showcases more than 150 contemporary artists from Africa and the African diaspora. It’s an opportunity to enjoy contemporary African art in mediums including painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation.
Therefore with a cross-section of works from across the African continent its an interesting show. In addition a statue army of 2-metre-high graphite warriors had been assembled in the courtyard for the show. “Black and Blue: The Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness” by Zak Ove. Unfortunately the statues had gone along with the exhibition but I had some images from my visit the previous week I can share. Also along with the architecture a fantastic coffee shop and restaurant in Somerset House, Fernandez and Wells makes no visit a waste.
Africa on the Square is organized by the Mayor of London for Black History Month 2016.
Finally London Mayor Sadiq Khan said “London is one of the most diverse places in the world and we do not just tolerate each other’s differences, we embrace them. I encourage all Londoners to use Black History Month as an opportunity to learn more about their neighbours and the heritage of our city’s diverse communities – we can only appreciate each other fully when we share and understand our stories and our history.”
For further details you can visit the Mayor of London website:www.london.gov.uk/events