We invite you to journey with us to our favourite continent this September, at the Southbank Centre’s Africa Utopia festival.
Taking place from Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th September, the festival is back for a third year celebrating the arts and culture of one of the world’s most dynamic and fast-changing continents. The festival looks at how Africa can lead the way in thinking about culture, community, business and technology and includes topics ranging from fashion, gender and power to politics, sustainability and activism.
Last year’s event was a wonderful opportunity to connect with you in person: to tell our story; to share our passion for heritage textiles and; for you to see and touch our contemporary interpretations of them.
We’re looking forward to doing it all again. We’ll be exhibiting in the marketplace on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 6pm. We’re also looking forward to rubbing shoulders with other vendors who are passionate about all things Africa and will be showcasing their products and organisations.
You can expect an array as diverse as our beautiful, complex continent.
A special giveaway
We want everybody who loves global textiles to have a beautifully made Toghal piece in their lives so, we’re running a giveaway during Africa Utopia. To enter, simply:
- Visit us as Africa Utopia
- Take a picture of our stall or products
- Post it on Twitter or Instagram and tag us @toghalonline
- Include the hashtag #toghaltravels
The winner will be selected in the following week. Good luck!
Our top 3 festival picks
There’ll be several talks and activities throughout the weekend. Our top 3 picks are:
Orchestra Baobab – Senegal’s mighty Orchestra Baobab perform their first London show in three years. One of the best known groups in Africa, Orchestra Baobab formed in 1970, taking their name from the Dakar night-club where they were resident. They drew musicians from all over Senegal as well as Togo and Nigeria, playing multi-lingual, multi-ethnic music with a strong Cuban flavour.
Maaza Mengiste: Migrations of the Mind – Migration has been a constant of human existence, but how does the fantasy compare with reality? With images of boats crammed with migrants scarcely out of the media, a panel of writers with African roots explores migrations real and imagined, asking if we inevitably circle back to where we came from.
Phoebe Boswell: Transit Terminal – Artist Phoebe Boswell uses visual media to explore global, fragmented narratives like her own. Born in Kenya to a Kikuyu mother and fourth-generation British-Kenyan father, Phoebe was brought up as an expatriate in the Middle East before coming to London where she now lives and works. Phoebe says ‘I have always had a delicate understanding of the meaning of “home”.’ As such her history, identity and work is rooted in themes of migration and a personal exploration of home.
Check out the Africa Utopia programme for more.
See you this September!