When the first Africa Utopia Festival took place at the Southbank Centre in 2012, Sapelle was but a nursing infant, have just started trading the month before and not quite ready to face the outside world.
But I was thrilled nevertheless to attend that event as a ‘punter’, enjoying and being inspired by the huge variety of relevant panel talks, watching the stunning and vibrant catwalk featuring Chichia London and Bestow Elan among other ground-breaking African inspired fashion brands, and just soaking in the general positive, hopeful and yet realistic spirit about Africa and the ideal of utopia from people who were putting their money where their mouths were and doing something about effecting change on the continent.
Two short years later, Africa Utopia is back at the Southbank, and we’re there again – but as part of the festival this time! Sapelle’s growing! The team’s going to take a rest from getting our new London shop opening ready to come and be a part of this fabulous, exciting event, meet amazing, optimistic people and make new friends.
We’ll have a spot in the Main Hall, at the ‘Africa Utopia Marketplace’, among some great artists and brands on a mission to showcase African talent in fashion, art and design. We’ll have some of your favourite Sapelle items to buy and take away, plus some new surprises.
The festival itself has a mixture of free and paid events staring on 11th September, ranging from fashion to Afrikan Yoga,a contemporary design exhibition, panel discussions, food, spoken word and dance. And lots inbetween. Frankly, if you’re in London, you’d have to have a very good excuse to miss it.
So get those dates in your diary, come on down, soak in the atmosphere, take part and be sure to stop by our spot – we’ll be thrilled to enjoy a weekend of food, culture, fun and ideas with you.
And of course you get a chance to tell us your feedback too – and you know we like that a lot!
What: at Africa Utopia
Why: Just because
When: 12-14 September, 2014
Where: London Southbank Centre
Africa Utopia Details: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/africa-utopia