On 5 October Portsmouth will celebrate an afternoon of African and Caribbean food, music, fashion, culture and art.
The African-Caribbean Fusion Festival, which will be held at the University of Portsmouth Eldon Building from 12:00-5:00pm, is being organised by the Portsmouth Black History Committee to celebrate the heritage, culture and diversity of the local African-Caribbean community.
The event will also include performances by local artists, a fashion show featuring African dance and designs, information stalls and a pop-up market with a range of African and Caribbean art, accessories and prints. It will also aim to settle the #jollofwars as local cooks represent their countries of origin and battle it out for the accolade of the best cook of this iconic West African rice dish.
Sandra Charles, Chair of the Portsmouth Black History Committee said:
“Portsmouth Black History Committee formed to ensure that our city takes an active part in celebrating and educating people about the many facets of Black History, not only during October but throughout the year. We are looking forward to our inaugural event especially as the increasing diversity of Portsmouth means it is important to create opportunities to enhance integration and mutual understanding. Everyone is welcome to join in this celebration.”
Denise Callender, Faculty Promotions Manager for Creative & Cultural Industries at the University of Portsmouth said:
“The University of Portsmouth is delighted to host the launch of the African-Caribbean Fusion Festival at Eldon Building. This event demonstrates our commitment to supporting initiatives that encourage collaboration between ourselves and the local Portsmouth community.”
Admission is free, everyone is welcome. Book here.