FRIDAY 28 OCTOBER

Passion for Fashion: an evening of tales from Africa 7-10pm, £5, members £4 Brighton Museum After-hours fun as Brighton Museum stays open for Museums at Night. 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

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 images.

The Future of Afropeans 11am-12pm, £5, members £4 Brighton Museum Johny Pitts, founder of the Afropean multimedia platform, guides us through the identities, style and future of black Europe. This will be followed by a Q&A with Hannah Azieb Pool

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 BSL interpreted

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

Selected African Fashion Narratives: in discussion with Hannah Azieb Pool 4.15-5.15pm, £5, members £4 The Old Courtroom With Hannah Azieb Pool, journalist and author; George Amponsah, director of The Importance of Being Elegant; Ada Cotton, director of African Sewing Club film; Vivenie Mugunga, director of African Sewing Club; and Koko Kanyinda, Sapeur and lead performer of Congo All Stars. Buy a joint ticket to the 3 events above for £10

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? Bring an image of your favourite style, and craft your own text in our Haiku workshop. Then bring both together in our print-making workshop. With by Akila Richards (performance poet and writer) and 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. Includes historical objects such as beadwork from South Africa and Adire textiles from Nigeria. Suitable for all ages.

FILM SHOWINGS

On the hour, every hour, free with admission, Brighton Museum

African Sewing Club Documentary about the work of the African Sewing Club based in Rwanda, a project set up by the Rwandan Youth Information Community Organisation (rYico). Produced by Ada Cotton. (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. This is a rehearsed reading BSL interpreted

African Night Fever presents Koko Kayinda & the Congo All Stars 8pm, £12.50 adv standing Studio Theatre, Brighton Dome Get your dancing shoes on for this rare appearance by some of Congo’s finest musicians, led by the legendary Koko Kanyinda.

SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER

Brighton & Hove Black History Month’s Family Day Celebration 10am-5pm, free admission Brighton Dome Café Bar and Brighton Museum Join in this annual all-day celebration of local arts and heritage with singing performances by Banyan Tree, children’s activity area, dance and drumming workshops, printmaking, head wrapping, music and song, pop up talks, craft stalls and fabulous food from across the continent.

AFRICA ARTS FESTIVAL

Bookings and more information brightonmuseums.org.uk 03000 290902 visitor.services@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Tickets for Congo All Stars brightondome.org 01273 709709 tickets@brightondome.org All events are step-free accessible, and some events are BSL interpreted. Please contact 03000 290902 for further information about access or if you require additional assistance during your visit.

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