Friday, 16 December 2016 14:50

The Africa Centre Jingle & Mingle

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On Thursday 15th December, The Africa Centre held  an event to celebrate its new location in Southwark and the holiday season. The event was a Christmas special that included a cocktail reception, an African pop-up store that showcased emerging and established talents from Africa and the UK-African Diaspora and fan Afrobeat DJ.

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The Showcasing Entrepreneurs

Incredible artisanship from Ghana and Kenya, to Tanzania, South-Africa and the UK were featured. 

Fashion, jewellery, homewear, accessories, prints and African food were on sale at the event.

The Africa Pop-Up Store promoted the culture and communities of Africa and brought together a range of brands including:

  • MaXhosa by Laduma is a distinctive knitwear that is rooted in Laduma Ngxokolo's journey into creating Xhosa-inspired knitwear @MaXhosaKnitwear
  • Òkun, beachwear provides designer mens & boys swim shorts and board shorts that are a vibrant fusion of luxury swimwear and African print @OKUNbeachwear
  • Fondation Jean-Felicien Gacha @FondationJFG
  • AAKS, handcrafted in Ghana, AAKS creates bags in styles that maintain the spirit and durability of their ancestral counterparts characterised by bright exuberant colours @AAKShandcrafted
  • Jekkah, is the ethical brand born in The Gambia, based in London. Designing and producing African-inspired streetwear in The Gambia @JekkahDotCom
  • Rokus London, is an independent jewellery brand that fuses African cultures and arts @RokusL
  • Debut collection of prints by French-Cameroonian illustrator @iamannelise
  • Tales of Thread, Beautiful sleepwear, Ethically Made @TalesofThread
  • Afro Beauty Culture, Cards using indigenous African print fabric @StrategicDiva
  • Sapellé, Lifestyle brand offering designed contemporary fashion @Sapelleonline
  • Eat Jollof, Provides a modern and creative culinary @EatJollofLondon
  • Gitas Portal, Fashion bread specialising in ready to wear apparel and accessories @Gitasportal

Following this launch, ‘The Africa Pop-Up Store’ opened to the public for 3 days from December 16-18.  This is the first in a series of events planned at Arch 29, Union Street, SE1 OLR, one of two Arch spaces linked to the new Africa Centre site.

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