The Go Africa community Hub is a project, part of an African Arts and craft Festival initiative by a local Islington resident launched 2019 in collaboration with Ringcross community centre and The Pilion Trust. The project intends to be a community-led cultural hub which features African themed visual arts in all disciplines, program fun Edutainment days for all ages and genres of African Diaspora communities in North and surrounding boroughs of London. Go Africa’s main purpose is to improve the Islington African Diaspora communities and neighbours understanding of each other’s cultures and is a movement to mobilise the Islington African Diaspora creative communities, in particular, the Islington South area to collaborate and showcase positive skills, talent, art, cuisine, literature and African World music. We inspire pride and community visibility for the Islington African Diasporas to integrate with the wider borough, to prevent isolation, loneliness and low-esteem.
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Why it's a great idea:
The primary beneficial purpose is to provide a safe space where African Youths, parents and families within the Islington South area can feel valued and productive, despite language barriers, disabilities, race and age. Some of the residents have never worked in the country of their origin however have creative and practical skills such as sewing, pottery, weaving, batik making, cooking, playing instruments and so forth however have not seen, recognized or had the opportunity to use these skills to help themselves and their families to accrue an income. This is where our platform has helped to materialize this even to the point of employability and setting up their own petty trade through our local arts and craft market and beyond. The market a fundraising tool to subsidies the youth workshops and also pay for the venue hire, marketing, annual festival, exhibitions and trading the African arts and crafts. We benefit all those that wish to learn about the African cultures & Traditions
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About the space
Islington is a vibrant and diverse borough with a good supply of local jobs, access to the wider London economy, a rich cultural heritage, and some of the highest property prices in the country. However, contrary to this image of affluence, many Islington families are living in poverty
London Borough of Islington
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What an honour for the St Mary's Community Islington to become an official partner. We are so excited and looking forward to working with them to execute this project. 'We are stronger together' and 'Yes We Can'. All the positive energy we are bringing together to take the vision to a higher level and engage with the community of Islington at large.
We are so pleased to have Affinity Line and 5girlsproject on board to run super empowerment workshops. Their vision is to see the rights of girls and women being fully acknowledged. Enabling them to reach their full potential and in turn, contribute significantly to the communities economic and social development. Watch this space to find out how to join and be empowered.
Had the pleasure of making a surprise discovery called 'Dar Leone' on my way to another appointment. Dar Leone is so beautifully decorated with homewares all celebrating Africa. I had an inspiring conversation with the manager a former flight attendant, we had such an excitable conversation. It was so great learning the history of each item and its country of origin in Africa, starting with these lovely cushions pictured.