“Bodies of the Earth” – photography exhibition @AfrStudiesLib & @CASCambridge

The “Bodies of the Earth” photography exhibition will run until the end of this month.  The exhibition can be viewed Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00 in the Centre of African Studies and its Library

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We are pleased to be collaborating with Afroshoot and the photographers Ussi’n Yala and Rachid Tagoulla on our first foray into using our walls to promote contemporary African photography!

For more information and examples of the work included, search for the #bodiesoftheearth on Twitter and Instagram, and see the Bodies of Earth Exhibition Catalogue

A visual tour of the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London

The 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair was in London this weekend. The fair – a biannual event with editions in London and New York – was initiated in 2013, and this year showcased the work of over 130 contemporary artists from Africa and the diaspora.

This year, 1:54 also featured an exhibition of photography by the late, great Malick Sidibé, organised around three themes: ‘Au Fleuve Niger / Beside the Niger River’, featuring young people enjoying days out by the River Niger; ‘Thiep à Bamako’ featuring Bamako nightlife; and
 ‘Le Studio / The Studio’, featuring Sidibé‘s renowned studio portraits. This is Sidibé‘s first major solo exhibition in the UK, and it is unmissable. It runs at Somerset House, London until 15 January 2017, so there is still plenty of time to catch it.

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Best 50 Events African Londoners can look forward to in October 2016


As part of Black History Month Special – and because i’m in the mood; attached within this article are 50+ Events spanning from African-themed Poetry, Networking, Art, Training Courses, Workshops and Investment Summits that you may want to check out this month. This month we have networking events, high scale investor workshops, lots of food pop-ups and West African and Sahel musicals to keep you occupied this month. Enquiries on how to be listed should be forwarded to africancultureblog@gmail.com

Our Africa-themed Events are split into the following categories:

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A) Future Generations: Events for Kids and Young People

B) Film Screenings: Black History Month Showcases + Debates

C) Seminars, Debates and Workshops

D) Book Launch

E) Business & Networking

F) Food, Supperclubs & Dining

E) Live Music

F) Art, Fashion and Poetry

G) Community Showcase

H) Outside London



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Event/CfP: 1st World Festival of Negro Arts: Past and Present (1966-2016), 8-10 November 2016, Dakar, Deadline: 30 August 2016

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8-10 November 2016, Dakar




At the invitation of Poet President Leopold Sedar Senghor, from 1 to 24 April 1966, Dakarhosted the 1st World Festival on Negro Arts. This momentous event took place in the wake of the Congress of Black Writers and Artists held in Paris (1956) and in Rome (1959) to highlight the contribution of Black writers to world literature. The event was focused on the defense and illustration of Black Art. In the words of President Senghor, it was meant to “show evidence of the participation of Negritude to the universal civilization through the richness of Black Art. ”

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