Since its founding in 2018, Kente & Silk’s Africa Week has been one of the highlights on the African community calendar in China, bringing together people from all walks of life for one, important purpose. Now in its 4th year and as the very first and only week-long schedule of events dedicated to the African continent and its people in China, Africa week represents a rare opportunity to build on the spirit of Africa Day (May 25th) and showcase the authentic beauty of African cultures and all that comes with them. Launching this Thursday with a theme of ‘Family Time’, here are 4 key things you can look forward to at the 4th annual Beijing Africa Week.
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Culture has been at the heart of Africa Week from the very beginning. One of the greatest highlights of the last 4 years has been the opportunity for a range of African talent to showcase their crafts, from fashion to food and everything in between – this year will be no different, starting right from their launch party on Thursday! Attendees can look forward to a performance by Maria Kargbo, also known as the Black Pearl of China. Maria was Miss World Sierra Leone and, in 2009, she became the only contestant in the Miss World’s history to win two awards in the same section.
Today she’s a celebrated TV personality and pop star in China, even performing for President Xi Jinping. She’ll be performing her original single ‘Look at Me’. Staying in West Africa, the sounds of Kanala Music from Ghana will keep attendees on their feet all night, along with DJ Ennoe Alpha on the decks the whole night long.
Those hoping to get their culture fix can also enjoy “By the Fireside” on June 10th at The Local. Often an attendee favourite, the night promises stories, fables and poetry from across the continent and wider community. Culture and Cuisine go hand in hand at Omolade’s Table Dinner on Saturday June 12th. The Nigerian culinary expert will take dinner guests on a trip across the Giant of Africa through their taste buds at Beijing’s The Hutong.
Africa Week is all about cross cultural communication, giving ample opportunity to those from our host country to interact with the organisers and attendees of African heritage throughout the series of events. Previous conversations have centred on include ‘Afro hair’, ‘Identity and Diaspora culture’, and more. This year the K & S team have put together the China and Africa Cultural Salon – an opportunity to discuss differing African and Chinese perspectives on Family values.
But the conversations don’t stop there. This even extends to hosting fruitful conversations that might lead to further employment and funding for budding entrepreneurs at the Africa China Tech for Social Impact (ACTSI) online talk with African tech entrepreneurs and investors.
This year the Kente & Silk Team are putting a twist on their original Africa Week formula, closing out the week’s events with an exciting short video competition showcasing African artistry and creative filmmaking in China and beyond.
If that wasn’t enough, from Thursday the 3rd of June Eritrean artist Woldu Afrewerki’s exhibition returns to Beijing for the second time! Born in 1955, the renowned artist has inspired hundreds of artists in Africa and around the world.
With a theme of “Family Values”, its easy to see why community is at the heart of Africa Week. Whether you’re new to Beijing or are hoping to broaden your social circle, Africa Week is an opportunity to network and community build beyond new, diverse borders. In the spirit of community, two of the partnering organisations across the week are also giving back to their communities throughout the week. Chariot Handmaydz, the jewellery brand whose jewellery making workshop takes place on the 12th of June at Wan Kali Open Space, was launched with a mission to change the lives of marginalised women and children so that they can reach their full potential. Many of those who directly benefit from her work are in her home nation of Zimbabwe. Nigerian chef Omolade will also be giving back to her wider community back home in Nigeria as she supports a local charity. By supporting Africa Week not only do you sign up for a week of entertainment and culture, you also support the countless efforts to help others – all in the spirit of community.
And with a series of ten events to suit all interests and purposes, the 4th annual Africa Week is sure to make just as big a splash as the previous. For tickets and more information contact: email@example.com or +8618310598909