The African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora Festival 2011
AACDD is an organisation that promotes black British design and creative talent. The British European Design Group (BEDG) organises events in partnership with the London Design Festival (LDF) – to celebrate African and Afro-Caribbean creative talent and provides the organisational resources to promote a variety of creative individuals, studios and SMEs to ensure maximum impact through the design, management and promotion of the events which includes workshops, seminars, lectures, conferences and various AACDD Award Schemes.
Sept/Oct 2010 saw the first of the African and African-Caribbean Design Diaspora (AACDD) series of events and the programme has since rapidly grown into a much larger multi-disciplinary event schedule with national and international activity for 2011. It will culminate in a comprehensive event programme spanning part of the London Olympics and the London Design Festival in August/September 2012.
Coinciding with the London Design Festival (September 10/11th) and the London Design Festival (September 17-25), the main focus of the African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora Festival 2011 will be the series of individually curated exhibitions, installations and events at the Bargehouse Building opposite the Oxo Tower on the Southbank.
The soon to launch book ‘Fashion Africa’ by AfricaFashionGuide Founding/Director, Jacqueline Shaw (of Jamaican heritage), will be on show throughout this years African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora festival.
Taking place at the Bargehouse will be a magnificent showcase of black creativity throughout the creative disciplines. After its highly successful and widely acclaimed debut in 2010, where a total of more than 20,000 visitors saw the first set of nine exhibitions, AACDD – African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora Programme celebrates black creativity throughout September and October 2011 at various locations across London. AACDD 2011 events will be a celebration of creativity and innovation by members of the African & African-Caribbean Diasporas living and working in the UK, artists and artisans from Africa and the Caribbean as well as work from British and international AACDD partner organisations.
“Statistical research shows that minority ethnic groups are significantly under-represented in the overall arts and design scene in the UK. 2010 Design Council research reveals just 7% of designers are from a minority ethnic background The AACDD Initiative will present the majority of designers showcased with their first opportunity to exhibit on an international stage and to network with the broader design community.”
Source: BEDG Proposal for Arts Council of England, March 2010
The AACDD – Bargehouse Festival will be launched officially on September 8th with an evening preview for the press. The exhibitions will be open to the public September 9th – 25th 2011, opening times to be confirmed.
register to attend at – http://aacdd2011.eventbrite.com/?ref=ecount
Oxo Tower Wharf
London SE1 9PH
Make sure you come down to this festival after the AfricaFashionGuide book launch