‘Africa on the Square’ festival was held in London’s Trafalgar Square on October 11th 2014 to celebrate the capital’s African community during Black History Month.
The one day event was organised by the Mayor of London’s Office, the festival offered the people of London the opportunity to explore the rich heritage of the continent. The cultural event was free to the public, it highlighted the various African traditions through live music, food, fashion, arts, entertainment and activities for people of all ages.
There was an exclusive fashion show that was directed by Africa Fashion Week London and Simplicious (African Street Style Festival). The fashion show featured designs from the exciting and contemporary African UK fashion scene. The stage line up was just as thrilling with performers from all over Africa; Dele Sosimi’s Afrobeat Experience from Nigeria, Gnawa Griot and Simo Lagnawi from Morocco, Jally Kebba Susso from Gambia, Aar Maanta from Somalia, Anna Mudeka Band from Zimbabwe/South Africa and many more.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said on the event that ‘London is home to a large and diverse number of African communities, who contribute to the cultural and economic life of the capital and reinforce the historic ties we have to that great continent. As we mark Black History Month I am delighted to be welcoming this celebration of African culture to Trafalgar Square. It will be an opportunity for all Londoners to explore Africa’s rich heritage and traditions.’
The enjoyable event received an incredible turn out, with hundreds of Londoners coming out to the square to celebrate the history and heritage of Africa.