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Open The Gate Festival

Rich Mix, 35-47 BETHNAL GREEN ROAD, LONDON, E1 6LA, United Kingdom


Open The Gate Festival is a unique one-day event featuring Live Music, The African Market, Family workshops and African street food. This year we are celebrating Open The Gate's 10th Anniversary! 

Expect an unmissable fabulous 12-hour Festival packed-up with: 

  • live music on stage: from the most talented African and diaspora artists on our roster, both established and upcoming, that we have supported since 2009
  • the African Market: with a selection of designers and makers who strive in ethical and sustainable practices, bringing you unique fashion, accessories, homeware, natural beauty products, books and art
  • family and children workshops: learn drumming and dancing on traditional and new rhythms, arts and crafts to bring home, or get your face painted as a wild animal
  • African street food: homemade traditional Nigerian cuisine with a modern twist
  • lots of treats and surprises all day long!

Open The Gate 10th Anniversary Festival is a homage to the community of fans and followers, creative minds and volunteers who have supported our project and activities since 2009.

Planning your visit

  • the event is indoors, and starts at 12pm and closes at 1am
  • it is free entry all along and all workshops are free to take part in
  • all welcome. (no age restriction)
  • it's highly recommended to come early, as children activities run 12-4pm; and while food hasn't run out yet!
  • the venue is wheelchair accessible and there will be a dedicated space to park your pushchair

Why you should attend

  • it's a one-of-a-kind event in London, with a very inclusive and festive atmosphere
  • it's the perfect place to meet new people and network as we create a platform for amateurs and professionals alike to connect around African and diaspora cultures, arts, music and designers-makers
  • it's only once a year!

Find out more information here

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