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 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!

  "The thing  
 about Dalston 
 is you can 
 travel the 
 world without 
Gillett Square


Click event names for more details 

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

Sat 25: Dalston Children's Festival x Africa Day

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

Sat 25: TRC Dance w/ Coco Maria, Flamingods, Palo Santo Discos & Lex

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

Sun 26: The Brother Moves On | Batsumi & Molombo Songbook | CoS

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.

Event organisers

840 Arts

Africa Fete London

Hackney Council

Hackney Roots


In The Changes

Kaffa Coffee

Kerdoff Productions

Mama Love


Red Roots Incubator

Total Refreshment Centre

UK Terranga

Urban MBA

Vortex Jazz Foundation

Design and Communications 


Hackney Roots


Media Friends

The Voice Newspaper

Hackney Council


Abdoulaye Samb

Coco Maria


Kasai Masai

Lex Blondin

Lionheart Soundsystem

Lord Ambassador Soundsystem

Natasha Muluswela

Palo Santo Disco

Shabaka Hutchings

The Brother Moves On



Arcola Theatre

Gillett Square

The Jago

Kaffa Coffee

Servants Jazz Quarters

Studio I AM

Vortex Jazz Bar

FOod & Drink

Little Baobab

Unrooted Energy


Get Involved

"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 africaweekdalston@gmail.com with any requests.