☆ 13h Free Festival: Open The Gate 10th Anniversary ☆


SAT 8 JUN - Open The Gate 10th Anniversary Festival
12 midday - 1am - FREE ENTRY

Join us as we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of our cultural organisation Open The Gate!

Expect a 13 hours FREE Festival packed up with:

- LIVE MUSIC on stage:
The most talented African & Diaspora artists on our roster, both established and upcoming, that we have had the privilege to support since 2009,

- The African Market:
A selection of designers and makers who strive in ethical and sustainable practices, bringing you unique fashion, accessories, homeware, natural beauty products, books and art

- Family & Children Workshops:
Learn drumming and dancing on traditional and new rhythms, arts & crafts to bring home, or get your face painted as a wild animal,

- African street food:
Homemade traditional Nigerian cuisine with a modern twist

- Massage therapy and wellness,

- And lots of treats and surprises all day long!

Open The Gate 10th Anniversary Festival is a homage to YOU
the community of fans & followers, creative minds and volunteers who have supported our project and activities since 2009.

12:00 - 14:00 DRUMSONG Workshop
14:00 Pumpkin Jigsaw (Samba) from the street to the dancefloor
14:30 Siemy Di (Congo/Brazil) drumkit virtuoso
15:15 Seddik Zebiri - (Algeria) mandola solo
16:00 ESE & The Vooduu People (Nigeria/London) electric soul
17:00 Luzmira Zerpa (Venezuela) - brand new project!
18:00 Dubhouse Band feat Samurai, Grace & Diletta, TiBiO
19:30 Simo Lagnawi & Gnawa London (Morocco)
20:00 Tribute to Maestro Baba Adesose Wallace
20:30 Aar Maanta (Somaila)
22:00 Abdoulaye Samb Minnjiaraby (Senegal)
23:30 Kodjovi Kush & Afrospot All Stars (Togo)
Hosted by Usifu Jalloh The Cowfoot Prince
DJs: Open The Gate Sound, Debbie Golt, Jamie Renton, Cello, Angus Taylor, Motorino, more TBC


Plan your visit:

- The event is indoors, and starts at 12noon and closes at 1am.
- It is free entry all along and all workshops are free to take part in.
- It's highly recommended to come early, as children activities run 12-4pm; and whilst food hasn't run out yet!
- The venue is accessible by wheelchair users and there will be a dedicated space to park your pushchair.

Why you should attend:
- It's a one-of-a-kind event in London, with a very inclusive and festive atmosphere
- It's the perfect place to meet new people and network as we create a platform for amateurs and professionals alike to connect around African and diaspora cultures, arts, music and designers-makers
- It's only once a year!

An unmissable fabulous 13 hours non-stop festival... FREE ENTRY all day long from midday to midnight!

To get involved or book a stall, please email us at: [email protected]

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