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Nne Agwu Afrakan Storytelling Festival
When: 28 July – 31 July 2017
Where: Chiltern Retreats Parmoor Farm RG9 6PS
Greetings highly favoured Nne Agwu family. Shanti-Chi presents the 6th Afrakan Storytelling Festival 4 day camp. We honour the Godfather of storytelling literature Chinua Achebe. In this time we will choose self first as African African/Caribbean people and we will share love, celebrate culture, reclaim identity and reconnect with Mother earth.
We have early morning yoga, healthy sumptuous food prepared specially to feed the soul, night walks for adventure, well being practitioners for consultation and, the Afrakan arts and crafts market to find those unique treasures.
Under a star filled sky, as the crackling fire tingles, we sit listening to a feast of words from the best storytellers and workshop facilitators. We have a fun programme timetabled for your delight.
And when we fall into a slumber and give way to dream land, there we lay until the dawn chorus sings our great uprising. Come and join us as we inspire visions with the ancient oral tradition of storytelling.
Eat To Live Not to Die Workshop
When: July 28 2017, 6 – 9PM
Where: Myatt’s Field Community Centre, 24 Crawshay Road, Brixton, London SW9 6FZ
We will be showing you how to prepare mouthwatering alkaline food to share with friends & family. We will also be revealing why the root cause of all disease is mucus based on the teachings of the messenger, Dr. Sebi. Towards the end of the evening, we make time for questions for those seeking answers. Expect enlightenment, good vibes, and delicious everything.
Brent Black Music History Quiz
When: Fri, July 28, 2017, 6:30 PM – 8:30
Where: Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley HA9 0FJ
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Brent is not only the reggae capital of Britain, it’s also the capital of the British black music universe! And we have the documents to prove it – BTWSC’s Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Brent Black Music History Project’ (BBMHP) book and DVD, which are available in Brent libraries, and selected public libraries.
Come and find out some of north-west London borough of Brent’s claim to musical fame!
Join us for a fun, family-friendly, multi-media event to improve your knowledge of Brent’s and indeed Britain’s black music history. Audience participation is a must, and there will be prizes for those with the right answers!!
Also, you are welcome to challenge or add to the knowledge base of BBMHP consultant, BBM/BMC founder, and quiz master Kwaku! So if you’ve got some info on Brent’s black music history that you think Kwaku doesn’t know or should know, you need to be there! Expect some Brent VIPs and people who’ve been around the local music scene,? etc.
Join the quizmaster and host, Cllr James Allie, in celebrating British Black Music Month (BBMM) 2017 with the Brent Black Music History Quiz @ the new Brent Civic Centre (Wembley Park) on Friday July 21 2017, 6.30-8.30pm for a free, fun, family-friendly session that aims to raise awareness of Brent’s contribution to British music history – the artists, producers, the studios, labels, shops, radio stations, and the hits!
The Black Market & Film Festival
When: Saturday 29th July 2017, 12pm – 9pm
Where: West Green Learning Centre @ Parkview Academy, West Green Road, London, N15 3QR
Interrogating London’s Nighttime Economy & Highlighting Conscious Hip-Hop Acts
When: Sat 29 July 2017, 13:00 – 21:00
Where: Flash Musicals Theatre, Methuen Road, Edgware, HA8 6EZ
A half-day session, with the first half in Interrogating London’s nighttime economy, with promoters and artists, and other stakeholders discussing the challenges of presenting black music within London, such as Form 696, etc and solutions towards making headway within the capital’s live music sector. Facilitated by RE:IMI – expect to see a number of RE:IMI-supporting acts in the house!
With rap often getting a bad rep, BTWSC/Akoben Awards and its Music4Causes strand, will use the second half to highlight conscious hip-hop acts on, or bubbling above, the underground scene through talks, presentations, videos, performances, wrapped up with a pre-clubbing disco session highlighting tough, head-nodding hip-hop tracks saying sometime positive and empowering!
Family-friendly, no swearing, racist, or misogynistic Parental Advisory material! Check out the Music4Causes playlist of socio-conscious tracks.
Stall of independently released CDs, vinyl, and related merchandise on sale. Support your favourite conscious independent artist by buying their merchandise!
Food on sale. Pre-booking advised. Early bird price is £5, standard price is £8. £10 any time at the door, provided space is available.
You can ask to be kept informed, as full programme and booking opens erarly June 2017.
Afrikan & Vintage Market Fayre **GBANJO GBANJO**
When: Sun 30 July 2017, 13:00 – 22:00
Where: Hackney Showroom, Hackney Downs Studios, Amhurst Terrace, London E8 2BT
O.N.E Movement Events presents our Afrikan & Vintage Market Fayre
**GBANJO GBANJO** meaning DISCOUNTS in Yoruba
O.N.E Movement has created a market fayre to showcase brands & businesses, entrepreneurs, performing artists and amazing causes as well as circulating funds and goods within the community.
GbANJO GBANJO is where both first and second hand goods are traded, bought and sold; including Afrikan and vintage inspired products, goods, clothing, jewellery, beauty brands, health and holistic brands, beverages, foods, juices, natural products and services, hair care and more.
All this, plus live performances and food in a great atmosphere, from Brixton, we have now decided to bring it to HACKNEY!!
STALLS AND PERFORMANCE SLOT BOOKINGS ARE AVAILABLE NOW!!! For booking information just reply us and ask
Love In Motion: Second Coming & Shorts
When: 30 July 2017, 5:30 – 8:30
Where: The institute of Light, Arch 376, 10 Helmsley Place, E8 3SB
Be Manzini of Caramel Film Club presents: ‘Love In Motion’ – an evening of films and discussion on the theme of love.
‘Second Coming’ is a family psychodrama directed and written by the much-lauded playwright debbie tucker green to critical acclaim and nominated for a BAFTA award. Starring Idris Elba and Nadine Marshall.
Also showcasing a number of short films including ‘This Is Not A Thank You’ & ‘LOVE!’
This screening is followed by a discussion of the films and Q&A with directors Be Manzini, Ndumiso Sibanda and actor Leemore Jarret Jnr.
Films 5.45pm to 7.45pm
Discussion plus Q&A 7.45pm till 8.30pm
Annual Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March 2017
When: 1 August 2017
Where: Start at Windrush Square, SW2 1JQ
Let me begin by noting that reparations is not just about money: it is not even mostly about money;
In fact, money is not even one percent of what reparation is about. Reparations is mostly about making repairs. self-made repairs, on ourselves: mental repairs, psychological repairs, cultural repairs, organizational repairs, social repairs, institutional repairs, technological repairs, economic repairs, political repairs, educational repairs, repairs of every type that we need in order to recreate and sustainable black societies.
23rd African Remembrance Day Event
When: 1 August 2017, 1 – 5pm
Where: Museum of Docklands, West India Quay, London E14 4AL
African Remembrance Day (ARD) 2017 celebrates 60 years of Ghana’s Independence.Sixty years ago, Ghana became the first African country, south of the Sahara, to recover its independence after years at the centre of the trade in enslaved Africans, and under the British colonial yoke.
ARD was established to commemorate and remember the millions of African men, women and children who perished in the Middle Passage and plantations of the America’s; those on the African continent; and those in the Middle and Far East.
African Diaspora Day
When: 5 August 2017
Where: Milton Keynes, Campbell Park
African Diaspora Day (ADD) will be launched from Campbell Park- Milton Keynes in celebration of MK 50TH. ADD was formed to build stronger African and wider community cohesion through ‘UBUNTU’ concept, focusing on Identity, Critical Thinking, Heritage, Culture and Social integration.
A central part of the event will be speeches from different African elders, celebrities and sharing of African cultural richness through music, storytelling and visual arts, fashion shows, food and live bands etc. The intention is also to commission African Diaspora Day and activities that engage Africans through existing African community organisations with outcomes that can be showcased over the time.
Screening: Black Goddess
When: Saturday 05 August 2017 16:20
Where: NFT3, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 8XT
Balogun assembled a fine array of Brazilian actors and crew members to create probably his most elaborate film – the story of a young Nigerian‘s journey to Brazil in search of his ancestral roots. Balogun’s recurring thematic interest, the ‘cracks between the two worlds’, the intertwining of reality and the world of myth and ritual, is represented here by the arcane Candomblé cult.
Screening: Cry Freedom!
When: Saturday 05 August 2017 14:00
Where: NFT3 GA, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 8XT
A rebel leader and a British army captain continue their long-running feud on the battlefield.
Balogun’s vision of a truly revolutionary ‘pan-African‘ film adapts Kenian author Meja Mwangi’s novel Carcase for Hounds, to which, however, the final screenplay bears only a small resemblance. Kingsley, a captain of the British army, and the rebel leader Haraka, who have known each other a long time, continue their relentless confrontation during the uprising of Haraka’s Guerrilla army.
+ Pana – A Voice for Africa…
Pana – Une voix pour l’Afrique…
1989. Dir Ola Balogun. 9min. EST
A tribute to the Pan-African News Agency, founded to consolidate African Unity and accelerate the liberation of Africa.
Ola Balogun Documentary Programme
When: Sunday 06 August 2017 13:00
Where: BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 8XT
Discover the non-fiction work of Ola Balogun, from one of the earliest surviving B&W documentaries of this Jean Rouch-trained director to later and more personal work employing a meandering, poetic narration and slow-paced editing.
Eastern Nigeria Revisited
Nigeria 1973. Dir Ola Balogun. 23min
One of the earliest surviving docs of Balogun’s investigates Eastern Nigeria‘s condition shortly after the Biafran War.
+ River Niger, Black Mother
Nigeria-France 1989. Dir Ola Balogun. 45min
Balogun celebrates the cultures that blossomed along the River Niger.
+ The Magic of Nigeria
Nigeria-France 1993. Dir Ola Balogun. 29min
In his last work shot on 16mm, Balogun presents the heights of Nigerian art and culture.
When: Sunday 06 August 2017 15:30
Where: NFT2, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 8XT
Balogun’s first feature is one of the most insightful films about the spiritual condition of the African diaspora in Europe, almost entirely made up of speeches and strolling. The mysterious central character Alpha, a kind of wise man, carries his dissatisfaction through the streets of Paris and encourages his black brothers to return to Africa.
+ In the Beginning…
1972. Dir Ola Balogun. 11min
Balogun’s only fictional short is inspired by the mythological Yoruba theatre plays, as poularised by Duro Ladipo.
Reasoning with Reason
When: 13 August 2017, 19:00 -22:00
Where: Project B, 1 Bell Hill, Croydon CR0 1FB
Nishati (meaning energy) Nights presents to you REASONING WITH REASON. This is a monthly event which will be full of vibes from start to finish. The evening will start with talented performances followed by a reasoning session of a different powerful yet thought provoking topic every month. Our aim is to tap into your consciousness leaving a feeling of empowerment, enlightenment, an awakening or simply just a platfrm of self expression.
Food and drink available.
MUSIC – SPOKEN WORD – COMEDY – POETRY – SPECIAL GUESTS
+ OPEN MIC SEGMENT
Come and enjoy a night of niceness and entertainment!
Performances start @ 7pm sharp.
Slavery Remembrance National Memorial 2017
When: 20 August 2017
Where: Trafalgar Square
On Sunday 21/0816 we made history by holding the first ever memorial for the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade/African Holocaust in Trafalgar Square.
With the rise in racist attacks in the UK and globally, it is time to recognise the root cause of that racism and start to tackle it appropriately once and for all.
For too long the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade/African Holocaust have been overlooked and their story buried. It is a painful history with a painful story for all of us, but it is a story which must be told and a history that must be acknowledged nevertheless.
So let’s start by acknowledging and commemorating the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade/African Holocaust.
Did you know that August 23rd is International Slavery Remembrance Day? No, well don’t worry you are not alone. We think that everyone should know and commemorate this day and we hope, with your help, to make this happen.
The effects of slavery are arguably the single largest incident in reshaping and defining the world we see today and can no longer be overlooked.
International Slavery Remembrance Day – 23/08
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A Celebration Of Fela Kuti
When: 21 August 2017
Where: Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, NW1 7PG
It is very difficult to put into words the significance and stature of an individual like Fela Kuti, and his contribution to music, politics and culture across the twentieth century.
A pioneer of Afrobeat – a genre of which he was at the forefront – Fela gifted the world with songs such as Beasts of No Nation and Water Get No Enemy – a “celebration” is perhaps fitting of a man who has given so much to us.
We’re very lucky to have his former bandmate Bukky Leo and his Black Egypt collective retell many of the Nigerian multi-instrumentalist’s hits at the Jazz Café.
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Ligali: African Remembrance Day
When: 23 August 2017, 7-10pm
Where: Hollow Ponds Lake, Epping Forest, E11 1NP
Adm: Positive vibe
This year’s African Remembrance Day event will be an intimate gathering taking place outside and under the stars near Hollow Ponds Lake in Epping Forest. We’ll meet at the Igi (tree), and for one evening, sit in a circle and just talk, sing, dance, laugh, cry and recite words of freedom in honour of those that we lost to Maafa by remembering their struggles and exploring our shared purpose.
If you want to participate in creating a space of remembrance and healing then come along, bring a positive vibe and something to share. This can be food, fruit or drink, as well as a short story, a poem, a song, a drum, a drawing, an idea, a vision or an offering to our Ancestors.
Suggested dress code: Traditional, white, or in the colours of your Orisha.
African Remembrance Day
When: 23 August 2017
Where: International Slavery Museum, Liverpool
Our annual celebrations include the walk of remembrance, a libation on the waterfront and the Dorothy Kuya Slavery Remembrance Lecture.
IWA Chess Tournament
When: 23 August 2017, 1 – 5pm
Where: Clapham Library, Mary Seacole Centre, 91 Clapham High Street, London SW4 7DB
The Black Youth Achievements (BYA) is the initiative of our 2010 Power Lister Kay Oldroyd.
We’re working with ‘Young People Insight’ who are currently conducting interviews with various young achievers from around the UK and these will be published as ‘Stories of Success’.
The A4 magazine will also contain a directory of much-needed products and services that will enable and empower young people, parents, schools, and communities.
We’ll be having a launch event with UCL and Leading Routes who are our partners on this initiative. The magazine is due out in October and 5000 free copies will be distributed in the following areas to start with:-
London / Luton / Milton Keynes / Birmingham / Manchester / Leeds / Sheffield / Ipswich / Nottingham / Surrey / Sussex.
There will also be an online version.
**Do you have a product or service that you would like to advertise? Check out the rates and then get in touch**
** – restrictions apply e.g – we will not advertise tobacco, alcohol, chemically enhanced food products, sexually explicit material etc
Join the OYA team for a weekend away at Bore Place, 500 acres of beautiful fully organic farmland near Sevenoaks in Kent. The retreat will include yoga, mindfulness, activities, vegan meals as well as leisure for exploring, resting and relaxing.
During the summer months we are often most willing to slow down and take things in. At this retreat, we will provide a space for you to do just that. This retreat is for Black women and women of colour.
In the presence of sisterhood, you will have the opportunity to move and to be still, to read, write and sing, to talk and to listen. This weekend is perfect for you if you desire a short weekend getaway, at which you can enjoy a slower pace and dedicated time for simply getting back to you.
The exact retreat schedule is subject to change and will be released to registered guests closer to the date.
There will be a number of talks and treatments on offer over the course of the weekend. We will update the website with details shortly.
NEW ::: Grounded Movement taught by Shiggi! It’s a free-form movement conversation between our “selves”, our bodies, our nature and each other. Shiggi has taken a fusion of African rooted martial arts – Capoeira, the easily accessible teachings of French created MovNat, alongside her own influences from living and growing up in Kenya to create the Kusongea workshop accessible and nurturing to all who attend.
NEW ::: Kemetic yoga taught by Amani! Egyptian yoga originates from Ancient Kemet, now known as Egypt. It is a restorative system which has unique postures and principles. It combines physical movement, deep breathing and meditation to help achieve balance, peace, order and discipline which is known as Maat.
NEW ::: Reiki treatments with Jaha Browne. She will be offering 25-minute Reiki sessions using crystals and a Tibetan singing bowl to realign your chakras and promote healing.
Treatments will range from deep-tissue massage to Reiki. In the registration form you can indicate if you would like to book a treatment, so that our therapists can be in touch with you directly. Treatment costs are not included in the retreat package price.
Single, twin, and triple occupancy available. Each room is simply decorated. There are shared bath- and shower rooms throughout. One set of bedding and sheets are provided.
The retreat is fully-catered with vegan and wheat-free delights. On Friday evening a light dinner will be served. On Saturday and Sunday mornings breakfast will be offered after the meditation session. On Saturday, a filling and warm lunch will be served and a light and healthy dinner. On Sunday, guests will receive a light lunch before departing for their journey home.
Arrivals are welcome from 4:00pm on Friday, 18 August. We ask that all guests arrive by 6:00pm so that we can begin the program punctually with a welcome at 6:30pm. On Sunday the 20th all guests should depart by 3pm.
The nearest mainline stations are Sevenoaks and Tonbridge, both about 6 miles away. Edenbridge and Penshurst are nearby. There is also plenty of parking available on site. The closest airport is London Gatwick, which is approximately 22 miles away (45 minutes by car).
My heart sank when I spotted them. And suddenly the small gift shop felt even smaller and tight as if all of the air has been sucked out of it when I inwardly gasped. I remained cool though and, in Swedish, asked my Swede to take a picture of the Gollywogs while I continued my I’m just looking lap around the store.
Maybe it was my imagination but it felt like I was invisible, at least no one wanted to let me pass easily as I slinked around the shoppers looking at rows and rows of British beach pier souvenir junk.
So what do you do when they try to let the Gollywogs get you down? ou hold your head up high and take in the beauty that is around you. And then you go home and blog about it.
Women For Women International Car Boot Sale
On Saturday 6th May Women for Women International set up shop at the home of London fashion, the Brewer Street Car Park, for a jam-packed afternoon of guilt-free retail therapy. The annual #SheInspiresMe Car Boot Sale, hosted by Alex Eagle and sponsored by Noor Fares and Venyx, has been dubbed “the most fashionable car boot sale in the world!”
Over 1,200 eager shoppers passed through our doors, picking up exclusive items from leading designers and fashion influencers, including Alex Eagle, Charlotte Olympia, Hikari Yokoyama, MatchesFashion.com, Refinery29 and many more. Bargains included exclusive sample pieces and designer items, with shoppers rummaging through a range of items from floor length dresses to chic t-shirts and accessories.
We are delighted to announce that together London’s most fashionable women and some fabulously fashion-forward men raised over £150,000 at the 2017 #SheInspiresMe Car Boot Sale! This incredible amount will enable us to empower and support more women, who have been the most deeply affected by war, violence and poverty.
Supporters included Black Women in Europe™ Power Lister Samata Angel.
Alex Eagle, Alexandra Meyers, Alexandra Smet, Alice Naylor-Leyland, Alice Temperley, Anna Foster, Annabel’s, Anoushka, Artbuddies, Bay Garnett, Belma Gaudio, Bespoke Your World, Brides Do Good, Brewer Street Car Park, British Fashion Council, Charlotte Olympia, Charlotte Tilbury, Clara Mercer, Cristina Rossi Photography, CRU Kafe, Cucumba, Curation Wall, Daniela Agnelli, Edeline Lee, Elizabeth Saltzman, Emma Grede, Eugenie Niarchos, Federica Fanari, Fjura, goo.ey, Hemsley and Hemsley, Hikari Yokoyama, Jade Parfitt, Jill DeMasi, Kim Whyte, Kurt Geiger, Lesley O’Mara, Lydia Forte, Malone Souliers, Maria Kastani, Mark Wadhwa, MatchesFashion.com, Max Mara, Mercedes-Benz, Michael Kors, Michelle Lu, Mimma Viglezio, Miranda Almond, Moncler, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Noor Fares, Owa Yurika, Paradise Row, Pippa Vosper, Portas, Prada, PROPERCORN, Quentin Jones, Rainbowwave, Red, Refinery29, Roger Vivier, Samata, Serefim London, Serena Hood, Sibylle Rochat, Simone Rocha, Skinny Dip, Sophia Pasetti, Stella McCartney, Tamara Rothstein, The Braid Bar, The Store, The Store Kitchen, The Vinyl Factory, Tiphaine De Lussy, TOD’s, Valery Demure, Venyx, Vestiaire Collective, W11 Studio, Wendy Yu, Yana Peel, Zara Martin and Zoe Kuipers.