Sunday, 8 July 2012

Africa on the Catwalk

PRESS RELEASE: 25th June 2012

Africa on the Catwalk will take place on the 21st of July 2012, 1.30pm at the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall as part of the Africa Utopia Festival of events which in turn is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

In collaboration with creative director and show producer Ola Shobowale and Arise magazine fashion director, Sabrina Henry, we present a selection of exciting fashion designers who originate form Africa or are inspired by the rich cultural heritage of Africa.

Venue: The Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1

Date: Saturday 21 July 2012
Time: 1.30pm
Admission is free to all, with no ticket or pre booking required.

Press, bloggers, industry guests, please send RSVP to

Africa Utopia Pop Up Retail Space

There will also been a Pop up space and window display though out July within the Southbank Centre Terrace Shop, Where a selection of accessories, bags, jewellery, stationary, homeware etc, will be on sale to the public from the following designers Eva Sonaike (Nigeria/UK), La Petite Congolaise (Congo/UK), UrbanKit (Nigeria/UK), Chiji (Nigeria/UK), Sweet Design Studio (Ghana/UK)

Bestow Elan (Ghana/ UK)                     
Chichia London
 (Tanzania /UK)

Eki Orleans

Madam Wokie 
(Sierra Leone)

Kezia Frederick (UK)                 

Mo saïque
 (Ghana/ UK) Shoe

Ugo Boutique (Nigeria/Uk) Bags
Aiyda ( Eritrea/UK) Jewellery & hand bags
Mifani (Ghana/UK) Shoes
Joansu (Ghana/UK) Jewellery



For Africa on the Catwalk press/blogger/industry enquiries and to R.S.V.P please contact :

Ola Shobowale 07808762956 /

For Africa Utopia press enquiries please contact:
Miles Evans 0207 921 0676 /
Lara Delaney 0207 921 0917 /

For more information on Southbank Centre's Africa Utopia Festival visit:

Africa Utopia is produced with support from Arts Council England and Mastercard 


Note to Editors:

AFRICA UTOPIA 1 to 28 July 2012
Africa Utopia is a month-long festival of music, theatre, film, literature, dance, fashion, talks and debates programmed by Southbank Centre in conjunction with renowned Senegalese singer and human-rights campaigner Baaba Maal, as part of Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World with Mastercard and London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

African Utopia is co-curated by renowned journalist and broadcaster,Hannah Pool (Guardian Newspaper, BBC, Arise Magazine etc.) -

Africa Utopia - Southbank website


Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World

1 June to 9 September 2012
Southbank Centre’s summer 2012 site-wide Festival of the World with MasterCard opens on 1 June 2012 for the Diamond Jubilee Weekend, and closes on 9 September 2012. As London welcomes the world this summer, Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World will include inspirational projects from the UK and around the world, which showcase the power of the arts to change the lives of individuals, communities and whole societies. The site will be transformed with art installations including a giant ‘robot’ sculpture; a colossal baobab tree made from fabric;
‘Rainbow Park’, a multi-coloured beach; and an exhibition in the Royal Festival Hall of the thinkers, artists and communities who have inspired and contributed to the Festival. The reopening of the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden, weekly food markets, and a pop-up cafe complete the Festival landscape.

Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, occupying a 21-acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery as well as The Saison Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection.

About MasterCard
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Arts Council England
Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2011 and 2015, we will invest £1.4 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

About the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival

The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Spread over four years, it is designed to give everyone in the UK a chance to be part of London 2012 and inspire creativity across all forms of culture, especially among young people. The culmination of the Cultural Olympiad will be the London 2012 Festival, bringing leading artists from all over the world together from 21 June 2012 in this UK-wide festival – a chance for everyone to celebrate London 2012 through dance, music, theatre, the visual arts, fashion, film and digital innovation. Principal funders of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012
Festival are Arts Council England, Legacy Trust UK and the Olympic Lottery Distributor. BP and BT are Premier Partners of the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Festival. For more details visit

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