As London prepares to welcome the usual fashion victims to Somerset House, West London is preparing its own Africa-focused fashion event. Giving space to the wealth of designers currently working across the continent, the Afro-polis event on Portobello Road places a selection of the best African-made labels next to London’s most cutting edge fashion street.
Although the event places itself in response to London Fashion Week, the Africa-inspired event doesn’t stop at clothing. The weekender incorporates food, music, nail art and a gallery filled with great art. There will be opportunities to attend talks with designers, let an expert braider loose on your locks and learn some Ghanaian Azonto moves.
The artwork can be found at 50 Golborne Road and features recent work by international artists and designers. The gallery explores the socio-cultural dynamics at the heart of the modern Pan-African way of life through its regular exhibitions of designers and artists. For this special weekend, the space will feature new work by Nigerian-British artist Tunji Adeniyi-Jones.
Refreshments can be found at a West African Chop bar (a roadside bar/restaurant and community hang out). Here they will be serving iconic African dishes as well as bagels, bentos and hot dogs with an African twist (the mind boggles!). On the Saturday night there will be a night of live performance and DJ sets by some of the most innovative African musical acts of the moment, including Taali M, Oya Bun, Mogadisco… somewhere to practice your recently perfected azonto moves perhaps? (Words: Laura Thornley)
Taking place 21 and 22 February. For more info, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/387579374729962/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming