Culture and Christmas shopping

West Africa Word Symbol Song 2

We’re pretty excited about the British Library’s current exhibition: West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song. It looks at literature and music – from the great African empires of the Middle Ages to the cultural dynamism of West Africa today.

West Africa Word Symbol Song Fela Kuti Album Art

You might already know about our love for stories – this exhibition indulges us with tales from across the 17 countries in the region. Stories that illustrate how the power of words can build societies, drive political movements, sustain religious beliefs and fight injustice.

West Africa Word Symbol Song Saddlebag Qu-ran

Discover the centuries-old literary culture of West Africa – written and oral – through film, sound, books, photography and – our other love – textiles.

West African Word Symbol Song Chinua Achebe Textile

(Truly, this is an exhibition after our own hearts!)

West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song is on until February 16th, 2016. However, we think the best day to go is Saturday 5th December, this year.

The African Market and Discovery Day

That’s because we’ll be there, along with several other vendors showcasing original and ethical fashion, accessories, jewellery, arts and crafts, homeware, natural health and beauty products. All inspired by West Africa. There will also be family-friendly hands-on workshops, demonstrations, performances and more.

This will all take place in the Entrance Hall of the Library, from 10am to 4:30pm. You can find more details here.

It’s a perfect excuse to experience some culture AND get your Christmas shopping done too.

If you’re planning ahead, here are some African print gift ideas.

If you’re looking for something truly unique, get in touch about our made-to-order West African cotton strip cloth cushions and throws. We’ll have samples on the day so you can feel just how soft and luxurious they are!

We hope to see you on the 5th! In the meantime, get a sneak peek of the exhibition here.

West Africa Word Symbol Song Exhibition British Library

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