Africa Day
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Africa on the Square

12:00pm to 6:00pm
Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DN, United Kingdom
No ticket required

Africa on the Square returns to Trafalgar Square for the third time on Saturday 15 October. This popular event celebrates African arts and culture. There’ll be a range of activities highlighting communities from across the continent.

You can expect a fantastic line-up of entertainment on the day including live music, DJs, dancing and a talent show. Plus an African market, food stalls, fashion show and lots of fun stuff for kids.

Africa on the Square is organised by the Mayor of London for Black History Month 2016.

The Mayor organises and supports lots of different events to celebrate the many cultures and communities of London. To find out what’s coming up sign up to the Events newsletter. 

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Watch Africa on the Square 2016 highlights:

Africa on the Square is supported by:

 

 

Africa on the Square Programme 2016

 

 

Africa on the Square  – Programme

Saturday 15 October 2016, Trafalgar Square

 

Time

Stage

 

12.15pm –12.45pm

1pm – 1.15pm

1.30pm – 1.45pm

1.45pm – 2.15pm

2.30pm – 3pm

3.15pm – 3.45pm

4pm – 4.15pm

4.30pm – 5pm

5.15pm – 5.45pm

 

Intervals

Intervals

 

Joyce Rhythms (South Africa)

MOBO UnSung

Mudibu (Burundi)

Nelson & Friends (Mozambique)

Young talent showcase

Kasai Masai (Congo) ft. Diamond Mutete (Cameroon)

Fashion show directed by Africa Fashion Week London

Seddick Zebiri & Seeds of Creation (Algeria)

Bukky Leo & Black Egypt (Nigeria)

 

DJ Rita Ray – various times

Comperes – Esther Alade and Usifu Jalloh

1.15pm

Procession on the Square with African drumming and dancing

 

12 - 6pm

African Market, north and lower terrace

 

Stalls selling African themed products, including  fashion, arts & crafts, jewellery, cosmetics and homeware

 

12 - 6pm

Food and drink, lower terrace

 

African style street food stalls + Café on the Square

 

12 - 6pm

Sponsors and partners, north and lower terrace

 

Lebara, Air France, The Voice, World Remit, Open the Gate

 

12 - 6pm

Family workshops and cultural organisations, north terrace

 

Mosaic making and Batik making,

 

Face painting and Hieroglyphics making

 

Massage therapy, Hair braiding and Henna tattoos

 

Africa Centre

Black Cultural Archives

SOAS, University of London

Royal African Society

Various

Other attractions

 

African acrobats, lower terrace

 

Drumming and Dancing workshop; Arts & Crafts workshop, north terrace

 

                           N.B. timings and content may be subject to change

See clips from last year's event

Watch clips from last year's event 

LDN gov | Africa on the Square 2015

Getting to Trafalgar Square

Accessible transport

You can plan your journey with TfL’s Journey Planner.

National Rail 

The nearest railway station is Charing Cross. It is 325 metres away, approximately three minutes’ walk.  Charing Cross rail station offers step-free access and a step-free route to Trafalgar Square.

Tube

The nearest Underground station with step-free access from platform to street level is Westminster. This is served by the Jubilee, District and Circle lines. Outside Westminster station buses 12, 24, 88 or 453 have low-floor buses which call at a stop within 150m of Trafalgar Square.

Charing Cross Underground station is served by the Northern and Bakerloo lines. It is the closest Tube station. However it does not have step-free access.

Visit the TfL website for accessible Tube maps.

Bus

Routes 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 53, 77A, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176 and 453.

All these routes lead to Trafalgar Square. However, 9 and 15 are heritage buses and do not have a low-floor.

Visit the TfL website for more information on buses.

Dial-a-ride

Find out about registering and pre-booking Dial-a-ride services.

Accessible parking

The nearest Blue Badge parking spaces to Trafalgar Square are:

  • St Martin’s Street – five spaces - 321 metres from Trafalgar Square
  • Outside Canada House – one space - 33 metres from Trafalgar Square 
  • Suffolk Street – one space - 644 metres from Trafalgar Square 
  • Spring Gardens – one space - 321 metres from Trafalgar Square 

To find other blue badge parking bays nearby, use the postcode WC2N 5DN and search the City of Westminster’s website. To see where the bays are, click the ‘View results on a map’ button on the search results page.

Café

The café on the square is open from 10am-6pm daily. There is seating inside, plus outside seats and wooden tables. The café is on the lower terrace of Trafalgar Square, on the square’s east side, right of the central staircase.

Toilets

Trafalgar Square also has a number of public toilet facilities for men and women with disabled toilets and baby changing facilities.

Accessibility

Accessible facilities at Trafalgar Square

There is a wheelchair accessible lift on the north-west corner of Trafalgar Square. Event stewards will be available to assist wheelchair users travelling between upper (north terrace) and lower terrace levels of Trafalgar Square.

Wheelchair accessible public toilets are available on the lower terrace of Trafalgar Square. This is on the west side of the square to the left of the central staircase. These are open daily from 8am to 8pm.

Trafalgar Square’s cafe is wheelchair accessible, and has a low-level counter and induction loop. Free drinking water is available upon request in the cafe.

Additional accessible facilities for Africa on the Square

All staff and stewards will be briefed on disability awareness.

The wheelchair accessible viewing area will be on the North Terrace, at the top of the central staircase.  Some seating will be available for companions in the wheelchair viewing area, and for those less able to stand. A hearing loop will be available in this area.

Guidance dog welfare area will be available next to the lift, on the upper North Terrace on the west side.

On the north west corner of Trafalgar Square (on the upper terrace) a Mobiloo wheelchair accessible portable toilet will be provided. The mobile toilet has a hoist and changing table. Mobiloo users needing to use the hoist must bring their own sling with them. This is for your own safety and convenience – and to prevent any cross-contamination between different users. Further details below and at www.mobiloo.org.uk

Stalls

The African Market 

The African Market will include stalls selling a range of African themed goods, including fashion with clothing for men, women and children, accessories, jewellery, home décor, books, perfume, arts and crafts and lots more. Plus delicious African street food.

 

African Market

Name of Company Type of Product
House of Loulee & Meen Clothing Clothing & gifts
Dolls by Verona, C & AMI Book Toys & Books
E & G Designs Clothing, Gifts & Toys
The Adventures of Obi & Titi Children's Books
Kiki Loves London Clothing
Alive and Kicking  Sports Equipment
LAFI Burkina Toys, Accessories, Bags & Purses
Purete Nature Haircare & Skincare
Art N Spice Creations Art & Accessories
Gida Collective Art, Jewellery, Clothing & Accessories
Gambia & Senegal Collective Clothing & Accessories
Obatala & Qemamu Mosaics Home & Fashion Accessories
Akiss Africa Clothing & Accessories
Box of Prints Fabrics
Veronique Designs & Djalis Creation Jewellery
Artsfro & Aquarius B Art
Fes Design Home Accessories
Joli Create Home Accessories
Meta Meta Arts & Crafts Art
Maridadi Kenya Clothing, Jewellery & Art
PureGoodness & Coco Daville Haircare & Skincare
The Calabash Hub & Sista London Accessories, Bags & Purses
NHS - Blood & Transplant Enrolling new blood donors from BAME community groups
Sapelle Clothing, Jewellery & Accessories
Afrocentric805 Children's Clothing, Accessories & Toys
Fee Uhssi & Bolono Mali Clothing, Accessories & Jewellery
Nzingha Jewellery
Ajo-Ke Clothing
Curios Vault Clothing, Jewellery & Accessories
Honey Malaolu Clothing, Jewellery & Accessories
Velvet and Rose & Leekhaya Jewellery & Accessories
Continent Clothing Clothing
Africa Fashion Week London Clothing
AfroNeckties Men's clothing
Teah-Wilson/TWDS Jewellery & Accessories
Afroretro & Aso Jewellery & Accessories
Peace of Afrika Accessories
Gitas Portal Clothing & Accessories

 

African Street Food

Name of Comapny Type of Food
Shocka's Coconut Hub Coconut Water
Habesha Ethiopia & Eritrea Ethiopean & Eritrean Traditional Cuisine
Spinach & Angushi Ghanaian inspired Vegetarian & Meat dishes
Exotic Tagine Traditional Moroccan Cuisine
Jollof Box African Cuisine
Global Fusion Vegan Creole West African and European Food
Cally Munchy African and Caribbean Fusion Food
Ethiopiques Ethiopian vegetarian & Vegan Cuisine
Cham Cham Sierra Leone & Liberian Cuisine
Big Mama Food Traditional African Cuisine

Music Stage at Africa on the Square

Music stage at Africa on the Square

 

  • Joyce Rhythms (South Africa)

Joyce Rhythms is a South African jazz singer based in London. She performs classic African Jazz and her own original songs.  A personal journey into the music from the heart-beat of the townships of South Africa.

 

  • MOBO UnSung

MOBO has become a byword for the celebration of urban music, producing the world-famous MOBO Awards and so much more. At this year’s event is a performance by finalist from MOBO UnSung, an exciting initiative geared at identifying and showcasing new, ground-breaking, unsigned artists and their music.

 

  • Mudibu (Burundi)

A solo acoustic artist from Burundi, Mudibu has worked on different musical projects, including a celebration of the music of Otis Redding. In 2015 Mudibu produced a solo album “Inzatsa” (meaning Fireflies), with songs almost entirely in Kirundi, his mother tongue.

 

  • Nelson & Friends (Mozambique)

Nelson & Friends is a collective in East London of afrofusion, which blends Mozambique music with jazz and funk. They play irresistible rhythms and captivating melodies, which makes it impossible for even the most reluctant dancer not to get up on their feet and move.

 

  • Kasai Masai (Congo) featuring Diamond Mutete (Cameroon)

Kasaï Masaï brings us the traditional sound of the most remote equatorial villages with an urban twist. The band is named after a river, Kasai, in the heart of the rain forest. The Masai are a dignified tribe whose lives still centre around a nomadic existence.

Diamond Mutete, actress and singer, originally from Cameroon. She performs world music and sings in her original language Douala, including Makossa (popular Cameroonian urban music style) and African folk.

 

  • Seddick Zebiri & Seeds of Creation (Algeria)

Legendary Seddik Zebiri, from Algeria and his multicultural band, Seeds of Creation, play an intriguing blend of traditional Berber music with reggae, Jazz and raw psychedelic sounds that will transport you from London deep into the heart of the Sahara.

 

  • Bukky Leo & Black Egypt (Nigeria) Afrobeat, Acid Jazz

While growing up in Lagos, Nigeria, Bukky Leo was spotted practising his first saxophone by afrobeat drummer Tony Allen. He was immediately ushered into Tony’s newly formed band ‘Mighty Iroko’s’ and later went on to play with the great Fela Kuti. In 2010, Bukky was engaged in the studio recording with Black Egypt. Now you can find Bukky Leo and Black Egypt performing in top UK venues and at international festivals.

 

  • Young talent showcase

Four selected acts aged 16-25 will be welcomed to the stage, with the audience choosing the winner and Air France presenting the prize. 2015 winner Kianja will make a special guest appearance.

 

COMPERES

Esther Alade

Esther Alade has a vivacious personality and is sure to reach out to the audience at Africa on the Square. Currently host of OHTV’s Naija Bites; a Nigerian cuisine cooking show, Esther has previously hosted a variety of events including Kings of Comedy at the IndigO2 and BEN TV’s Magazine Show.

Usifu Jalloh, The Cowfoot Prince

Usifu Jalloh is much more than a compere, he is a great storyteller and performer with a style which encompasses international languages, music and dance. One thing is for certain, he will engage and entertain the audience with his unique style and exuberance.

DJ Rita Ray

A welcome return to Africa on the Square for Rita Ray. As a DJ, Rita plays the whole spectrum of global music. She is also a broadcaster, presenter, curator and performer.  She presents the African music review for Focus On Africa on the BBC World Service, is a regular contributor to the Arts hour and presenter of the Global Beats series. You can hear her on SOAS.FM Radio

 

 

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