Africa Arts Festival
Friday 28 to Sunday 30 October

A weekend celebration of African fashion, film, food, music and literature, inspired by the Fashion Cities Africa exhibition at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, created in collaboration with artists, makers, musicians, writers, performers, cultural organisations, and community groups.

Passion for Fashion: an evening of tales from Africa (*part of Museums at Night*)
Friday 28 October, 7-10pm (£5, Members £4, book in advance), Brighton Museum 

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. In collaboration with Writing Our Legacy


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.
Presented by Legacy Films and Photoworks

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.
Presented by Legacy Films and Photoworks

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.

Buy a joint ticket for all three events for £10

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

Migration and Style in Haiku and Image
1-5pm, £10, Brighton Museum
Do you remember a style that you loved wearing? Did you adapt your style when you settled in a different country or city?
Create a piece of art that you can take away with you or display in the festival. Bring a photograph, image or newspaper clipping of your favourite style, and craft your own text in our Haiku workshop by Akila Richards (performance poet and writer). Bring both together in our print-making workshop by Phati Mnguni (visual artist and art educator).

Discovery Day
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).
(18 minutes)

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, 01273 709709
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.

Full Programme: