From Monday 20th May
to Sunday 26th May
Celebrating Africa Day and Dalston's African connection
On May 25th 1963, the Organisation of African Unity was formed between newly-liberated African nations. To this day, May 25th and the liberation of African nations are celebrated around the world as Africa Day, in the spirit of freedom and togetherness. For the third year, Dalston is joining in the festivities.
A walk from the Vortex Jazz bar across the raw, atmospheric Gillett Square, over the bustling Kingsland Road and back in time down Ridley Road market reveals the richness of culture and community spirit that underpins life in Dalston.
Africa Week Dalston is an invitation to explore the African and Diaspora influences that make up the community fabric, and to celebrate in the spirit of freedom and togetherness behind Africa Day.
It's also an invitation to join a creative grassroots collective to bring the programme to life. All welcome!
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Mon 20 - Sat 26: Hoard
Arcola Theatre, timing and pricing varies
Hoard is the funny, frank and gripping debut play from writer Bim Adewunmi – the story of a close-knit family, and a closely-guarded secret which threatens to tear it apart.
Fri 24: Lord Ambassador Sound System VS. Lionheart Sound System
Jago, 10pm - 3am, £5 early bird £10 on the door
Featuring East London favourite Alvin Roots of the Channel One Soundsystem family and more - expect amazing roots vibes enriched with positive messages
Vortex Downstairs + Gillett Square, 3pm - 5.30pm, Free
In collaboration with the Dalston Children's Festival, this family friendly event has it all - live music (Abdoulaye Samb, Jon Collins), open mic, DJ set (Kodjovi Kush), short films, art, food & drink, fun & games
Club Makossa, 10pm - 3am, Free before 11, £5 after
Guaranteed grooves and the trademark TRC good vibes, with an unnecessarily extravagant line-up bringing their selection of worldly tunes and afro-infused bangers to a humble basement club in Dalston
Church of Sound, 7.30pm - midnight, £16
Johannesburg's dynamic collective The Brothers Move On share their take on the legendary works of Batsumi and Molombo, as well as highlights from their own back catalogue.:
Africa Week Dalston is a collaborative community creation led by volunteers.
Africa Fete London
In The Changes
Red Roots Incubator
Total Refreshment Centre
Vortex Jazz Foundation
Design and Communications
The Voice Newspaper
Lord Ambassador Soundsystem
Palo Santo Disco
The Brother Moves On
Servants Jazz Quarters
Studio I AM
Vortex Jazz Bar
FOod & Drink
"I've been involved in festivals around the World for nearly 40 years, but this is different. This is Dalston."
Moussa Sow, Africa Fete London
The grassroots collective behind Africa Week Dalston warmly welcomes your contributions and support, and on Africa Day, two events offer special opportunities to get involved.
The first is a family-friendly OPEN MIC event from outside the Vortex Downstairs into Gillett Square, running alongside the Dalston Children's Festival, from 3pm to 5.30pm.
The second is Dalston Highlife, starting at 5.30 across the square at Studio I AM (89a Kingsland High Street). For this you can submit your SHORT FILM and ARTWORK.
You can also submit TRACKS FOR THE PLAYLIST to play at both events.
Get involved with this simple SUBMISSION FORM.
Or, support by simply spreading the word and joining the celebrations.
Please email with any requests.