Whether you’re looking to discover the latest in African-inspired fashion, or savour a variety of food from across the continent, the African Market will have something to suit everyone – little ones and adults alike. Spanning ethical fashion, jewellery, live music, arts & crafts and food, the African Market will truly bring the spirit of Africa to life through a variety of live music on stage and creative workshops, alongside the mix of unique market stalls.
The Anna Mudeka band will be performing a fusion of live music driven from the Mbira sounds of Zimbabwe to set the soundtrack for the day, while DJ Koichi Sakai will be on-hand to play an eclectic mix of African, Funk, Latin and Afrobeat tunes to keep you entertained as you browse. If it’s a more interactive music experience you’re looking for, you can explore collaborative ensemble One Drum’s drumming circle performance and workshop to learn how to drum and dance in true Ghana style!
For a taste of the latest African trends, visit the two exclusive catwalks that will be showcasing the leading fashion, homeware designs, jewellery & accessories and kids fashion by the talented designers of the African Market. The catwalks will also feature looks by award-winning body artist Christelle Kedi, hair styling by Joy Phido (World of Braiding), makeup by Bibish Mbemba (Lady B.) and a head wrapping demonstration by Sista E. of the Calabash Hub.
Plus there’s a chance to explore your creative flair with a number of workshops taking place throughout the day – you can try your hand at making your very own African-inspired mosaic with talented artist Dionne Ible, immerse yourself in a storytelling workshop with the energetic performer Cowfoot Prince Usifu Jalloh, or take part in a face painting and glitter tattoo workshop with the talented artist Kemi.
Amongst the several stalls, a host of local and international charities will also be there to raise awareness and funds towards a number of worthwhile causes.
Sandrine Herbert Razafinjato, co-founder of Open The Gate comments, “Old Spitalfields Market is a fantastic back drop for us to be hosting the African Market this Bank Holiday and we’re really excited to bring a touch of African culture to the heart of East London. The market is a great way to give visitors a chance to experience a host of unique African-inspired culture – from arts to African fashion. Plus, it’s a fantastic opportunity to help raise awareness around Open The Gate’s wider projects and other local charities providing invaluable support for communities and villages across the African continent”.
For full details on activities taking place at The African Market click here or to explore the latest programme of exciting events at Old Spitalfields Market visit www.oldspitalfieldsmarket.com.