Nataal hosts an evening salon
and exhibition at London’s
Africa Utopia festival

Nataal has been invited to present two special happenings at this year’s Africa Utopia at London’s Southbank Centre. Now in its fourth year, this major cultural festival explores modern Africa and its diaspora. Performances, talks, debates and workshops cover everything from visual arts, music, dance and fashion through to technology, gender, faith and activism.

As a warm up to the main event, Nataal will host a members’ salon on 26 August. The evening’s entertainment will feature the Southbank Centre’s senior programmer for contemporary culture, Hannah Azieb Pool giving a reading from her new book Fashion Cities Africa. Nataal co-founder Alassane Sy will introduce and screen his debut short film Marabout, which was shot in Dakar. Singer Bumi Thomas will treat us to a soulful acoustic set. And spoken word artist Belinda Zhawi will share some of her latest performed pieces.

Nataal will also present an exhibition with a difference during Africa Utopia. Our curation of contemporary photography by some of Nataal’s favourite contributors will be projected across the exterior walls of the Royal Festival Hall each evening of the festival, from 31 August to 4 September. This display will cast a new light on the UK’s largest arts centre, as well as be visible across the River Thames, inviting passersby to stop and enjoy some of the most exciting new images inspired by Africa today.

Other Africa Utopia highlights to look forward to include Adura Onashile’s afrobeat theatre piece Expensive Sh*t; a rooftop concert by Tuareg musicians Terakaft; a musical tribute to Nelson Mandela by the Cape Town Opera entitled Mandela Trilogy; a club night hosted by Baaba Maal, Rita Ray and Johan Hugo (The Very Best) and Fashion Undressed with Mastercard, which includes a catwalk show, Afro hair meet-up and discussion on black dandyism by cultural commentator Ekow Eshun.

Nataal Presents… Africa Utopia Members’ Salon is on 26 August from 6.30pm in the Level 5 Function Room at Royal Festival Hall. Limited tickets to the event are available to buy by clicking here

Africa Utopia is from 31 August to 4 September at Southbank Centre, London