A weekend celebration, 28-30 October, of African fashion, film, food, music and literature inspired by the Fashion Cities Africa exhibition at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery.
This weekend festival is created in collaboration with artists, makers, musicians, writers, performers, cultural organisations and community groups.
Below is a summary of all of the events taking place throughout the weekend:
Friday 28 October:
Passion for Fashion: an evening of tales from Africa (*part of Museums at Night*)
7-10pm (£5, Members £4, book in advance), Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
After-hours fun as Brighton Museum stays open for Museums at Night. Relax with a drink and listen to new stories and poetry by writers inspired by the role fashion has played on their lives. See the Fashion Cities Africa exhibition and get a closer look at objects from the Museum’s Africa collection.
Includes music and pay bar.
Saturday 29 October:
Queer Fashion in the African Diaspora
12.30-1.30pm, £5, members £4, Brighton Museum
A selection of short films and discussion about fashion in the queer African diaspora, hosted by Tokini Fubara, digital artist and former contributor to ‘Dapper Q’, and Rabs Lansiquot, anthropologist.
The Importance of Being Elegant
2.15-3.45pm, £5, members £4, Brighton Museum
This 2005 film by George Amponsah and Cosima Spender follows the lives of four Sapeurs from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, for whom appearance is everything. Living in the poorest parts of Paris, London and Brussels, they go without food and get into petty crime to buy the designer clothes they crave.
Talking African Fashion
4.15-5.15pm, £5, members £4, The Old Courtroom
Hannah Azieb Pool, journalist and author talks to George Amponsah, director of The Importance of Being Elegant; Ada Cotton, director of African Sewing Club; Koko Kanyinda, Sapeur and lead performer of Congo All Stars.
Writing Our Legacy: a creative writing workshop
10am-4pm, £30 (includes lunch), Brighton Museum
Using Fashion Cities Africa as inspiration, explore your personal relationship with fashion through creative writing and create a ‘zine’ to take home. Bring your own photographs and images to include
Words as Image
1-5pm, £10, Brighton Museum
Learn the art of Haiku poetry and screenprint it onto textiles; they will displayed throughout the museum at the Family Day on 30 October. With writer Monika Richards and artist Phati Mguni.
10am-1pm and 2-4pm, free with admission, Brighton Museum
Drop in and have a closer look at objects from the museum’s Africa collection. Suitable for all ages.
On the hour, every hour, free with admission, members and residents free, Brighton Museum
African Sewing Club: creating a sustainable fashion industry in Rwanda
Documentary produced by Ada Cotton about the work of the African Sewing Club based in Rwanda, a project set up by the Rwandan Youth Information Community Organisation (rYico). The film highlights a unique Rwandan approach to creating sustainability through fashion industry development.
(approx 8 minutes)
West African Fabrics
Short film exploring how these fabrics are made and the traditions and significance behind them. Director Cathy Hassan (Burrogrande Productions).
The Immigrant: a play by Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor
7-8pm, £8, members/concessions £7, The Old Courtroom
Futuristic drama set in 2116. A British man seeking asylum in the African Union engages in a battle of words and stories with a border official in this provocative reversal of the current status quo.
Koko Kayinda & the Congo All Stars
8pm, £12.50 standing, Studio Theatre, Brighton Dome, tickets via brightondome.org, 01273 709709 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Get your dancing shoes on for this rare appearance by some of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s finest musicians, led by Koko Kanyinda and presented by African Night Fever.