In partnership with the 2019 DreamWeek Summit, the Òlàjú African Market Creative Arts Festival is dedicated to showcasing multi-disciplinary arts coming from the African continent and beyond.
During this one-day experience, attendees will be introduced to a mix of contemporary art, food, music, & fashion which highlight our diverse cultures in a fully-curated setting. The ‘African Market’ is a pop-up installation where viewers can shop, eat, and engage with various art forms. The purpose of this event is to showcase creative talents that provide a space for dialogue on culturally relevant topics.
12pm – Doors Open
2-2:30pm – Curator’s Talk featuring Ileana Yordan
3:30pm – Fashion Presentation
4:30-5pm – Creative Director’s Talk featuring Paakow Essandoh
5:30pm – Live Performances & Closing Remarks
POP-UP SHOP & FASHION SHOW
A curated line-up of African brands has been selected to sell and promote exclusive products for women, men, and kids. Our fashion brand partner is MIZIZI, dubbed “the official streetwear of the diaspora”. Looks from MIZIZI, Òlàjú, plus featured vendors will be showcased during a fashion presentation.
Our featured exhibition is titled, “Process and Patterns: A Short-Study on Batik”. The collection is comprised of old and new batik works by Tunde Odunlade created in his home studio in Ibadan, Nigeria. Process and Patterns is focused on highlighting the significance of textile production across contemporary Nigerian art and fashion. In addition, select works will be featured and made available for sale from the Òlàjú private collection of fine art photography.
CREATIVE TALK SERIES
The Òlàjú Creative Talk Series features a fireside chat aimed at exploring issues regarding the African creative industry with leading arts & culture professionals. These conversations are designed to draw out meaningful insights into current topics. The AMCAF Talk Series will feature curator, Ileana Yordan and founder of MIZIZI, Paakow Essandoh in conversation with Obafemi Ogunleye.