A Taste of Africa in the Heart of London

The sun is shining brightly on Arnold Circus in Shoreditch, East London. But today there’s even more colour in the air than you’d expect from a regular Summer Sunday – and the palette is a vibrant mix of reds, blacks, greens and yellows. Beneath the elevated bandstand, the crowd filling the street are throwing some dazzling colours, strong prints and glittering gold jewellery.

We’re in the heart of African Street Style festival, an annual celebration of London’s brightest designers, artists and musicians, who are rediscovering, refreshing and remixing African influences to bring them firmly up to date.

With a sold out concert at St Leonard’s featuring Amira Khier and Melt Yourself Down, followed by a massive street party with 3,500 revellers descending on the streets of Shoreditch to enjoy the fashion, music and food; like a lion in the plains of the sub-Sahara the 2016 African Street Style has been a roaring success.

Until next year…

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