Monday, 29 July 2013

Africa takes centre stage at Covent Garden!

Dear TEDxEuston Community,

The Africa Centre is holding the first ever “Africa Centre Summer Festival” and would like to spread the word to Friends and Supporters!

This exciting, 2-day event, curated by the acclaimed artist Yinka Shonibare MBE, will be held over the weekend of the 3rd/ 4th August 2013 in and around the Covent Garden Piazza.

Our hope is that the African community across the UK and beyond will come together to celebrate the best of Africa’s contemporary art, music and fashion, as well as the Africa Centre’s unique role in supporting African culture, enterprise and education in the UK.

Highlights of the festival include, a performance by Tunde Jegede, a catwalk show by Africa Fashion Week London and a live performance by headline act Nneka. This event is free to members of the public and the Africa Centre sincerely hopes that you will join us for a challenging, provocative African festival, reflecting the progressive modernism that has emerged post-independence.

The Africa Centre’s Summer Festival is expected to become one of the largest African gatherings in the UK and we would very much appreciate your contribution to its continuing success.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

A unique celebration of Mandela's birthday by our friends at TEDxJohannesburg

It is difficult to imagine any one else's birthday that could have led to the celebration around the world last week, as was the case for Nelson Mandela. No doubt we live in extremely privileged times, to share a small part of his era. Our friends at TEDxJohannesburg, with whom we started the TED journey together in Arusha in 2007 were part of an amazing project; the "Mandela Poster Project", collecting 95 exceptional posters from around the world, honouring Madiba's lifelong contribution to humanity. In 60 days more than 700 posters were submitted by designers from more than 70 countries. The collection was curated and 95 posters (representing 95 years of Madiba's life) are being exhibited at the University of Pretoria, and other venues around the world and the posters will eventually be auctioned by the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital Trust to raise funds. The collective echoes the sentiments of South Africa's beloved former president when he said;

"a good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination."

One of the 95 posters by Aviwe Njokweni (South Africa)

With some of the TEDxJohannesburg team, Kelo and Thati

Thati Mokgoro in front of the exhibition

We hope we can bring the exhibition to TEDxEuston this year! If you are in the SA axis - don't miss TEDxJohannesburg holding on the 15th of August.

See all the amazing posters HERE.

Follow the Mandela Poster Project on Facebook HERE.

Read A CNN story on the Mandela Poster Project HERE

Friday, 12 July 2013

TEDxEuston 2013 - Save the date! December 7, 2013!

Dear Friends

We present to you... 

One team of dedicated volunteers

One beautiful London venue

500 passionate participants

13 great speakers 

TEDxEuston 2013

Date is December 7