A cultural festival called ‘Go Africa’ is set to debut In London.
The indepth African culture inspired event is scheduled for Saturday August 17 with programmes spread through the day. Tribal face-painting, African market place, handcraft, poetry, traditional instrument that includes African drum and kora display, African dance and art gallery are amongst a list of the segments of events through the day.
The free festival is an annual summer event aimed at bringing together people of African descent in London and other surrounding areas. “Go Africa’s main purpose is to improve the communities and neighbours understanding of each other’s cultures,” Says British-born Gambian, Anna Njie, who organises the festival in collaboration with The Pilion Trust. “This is an innitative to mobilise the African creative communities (particularly those in the North London area) to collaborate and showcase positive talent, art, literature and African World music.”
The festival, which starts at 1pm, will be held at The Ringcross Community Centre, Islington London.
The Go Africa World Music Concert will take stage from 6pm. There will be performances from the likes of Guinea’s kora player and griot Mosi Conde, South Africa’s singer/songwriter Lucien Windrich and a host of other guest artists.
“This is the first edition of what we believe will eventually become a big festival in time,” Anna Njie says. “We are hoping to use this festival as a summer event that will be a sort of one stop in showcasing various African culture through arts and live music.”
By Eric Orji