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SUPAFRIK is coming to NEW ORLEANS! November 12 – 15

We are taking the SUPAFRIK pop-up back on the road again! In less than two weeks we will be touching down in New Orleans for a 4 day food, fashion, art extravaganza! From November 12 – 15, SUPAFRIK will serve as a space and destination event where creative expressions from all over the African continent and communities in the diaspora will meet the rich and multilayered cultural milieux that New Orleans is world famous for.

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We are pulling out all the stops for NOLA! The festivities kick off from 7PM on Thursday with an art exhibit titled “Nesting: The Makings of Home” at The Joan Mitchell Foundation (2275 Bayou Rd) featuring  a selection of works by Shoshanna Weinberger (Newark, New Jersey), Shannon Lewis (Berlin, Germany), Heather Hart(Brooklyn, New York), photographer Patrick Melon (New Orleans) and a performance art piece by Rebecca Mwasse(New Orleans via Zimbabwe) drawn from her latest play Looking At a Broad. Complementary catering will be provided by local Afro-fusion pop-up foodies the Black Swan Food Experience. The SUPAFRIK pop-up shop will also be open for the duration of the four days selling a selection of cutting edge fashion from Osei Duro (Made in Ghana), New Orleans based DopeCiety, a new collection from Chinedesign (Toronto) and top sellers from Blkkangaroo. The shop will also a curated selection of art and art objects from Material Life Nola (including coveted limited edition pieces by Kehinde Wiley and Chris Ofili)

Other events in the line-up include a runway and live-mannequin fashion show, a theatrical production, an art panel discussion on creativity, a movie and an African-themed masquerade ball featuring Grammy-nominated Hot 8 Brass Band (Friday). Not to mention a “Gumbo” party featuring a first time historical collaboration between Toronto and New Orleans DJs connecting the dots by mixing musical flavors from NOLA, Africa and the Caribbean.

It is all as exciting as it sounds. Check back often as we reveal more details over the next few days. We don’t want to overwhelm you with too much goodness at one time!

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SUPAFRIK #7 Coming to Toronto!

WHAT: SUPAFRIK Pop-Up Shop/Gallery WHEN: Sunday September 21st
ONE DAY ONLY: 1PM – 7PM WHERE: TAC Art/Work Gallery, 568 Richmond Street West, Toronto

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SUPAFRIK returns to its Toronto roots after well received installations in Washington DC, London and Paris. With a limited edition focus, SUPAFRIK #7 will feature a collaborative one-off capsule collection from Chinedesign and Parisian conceptual artist MyriaMMaxo (renown for her riotously colorful “objet d’art” waxprint teddies) who will also be in town to launch the collection. Chinedesign’s #TheBravingRitual collection, the label’s first foray into eclectic winterwear combining tartans and indigo-dyed mud cloth will also be exclusively available for made-to-measure custom orders. Also featured: luxurious handwoven scarves from newly-minted Ethiopia-based African Design Hub label which will be making its Canadian-debut at SUPAFRIK roster. SUPAFRIK will also feature a tasting menu of Afro-fusion culinary delights by Zimbabwean cook Rufaro, original artwork by Oluseye and a preview of BLKKANGAROO’s BLKKMARKET, its first capsule collection of structured t-shirts and unisex kaftans inspired by the color, texture and vibrancy of the West- African market experience.

For bargain hunters, there will also be discounted goodies from the online store from such as UK based clothing “Made in Africa” label Chichia London (Beyonce is a fan!) whose street-smart collection is ethically manufactured in Tanzania using traditional kanga textiles as well as fashion sneakers from Mos Def’s new favorite shoe brand SAWA, designed in Paris and made in Addis Ababa.

Palattes in Paris…A Video Recap

The second installment of Palattes of Africa took place in the Châtelet neighbourhood of Paris, France in the summer of 2013 in collaboration with one of the youngest and most innovative chefs on the food scene by the name of Dieuveil Malonga. The self-proclaimed “food stylist” opened the SUPAFRIK pop-up with a 16 course offering and concluded the closing day with a brunch and food demonstration. His gastronomic reductions and remixes of African dishes wowed the guests in attendance at the opening. A master of artful food design and a wizard at creating new flavors, Dieuveil drew from his Congolese childhood, his German upbringing and culinary training and his French inspiration. He went on to become a finalist in Top Chef France earlier this year at the age of 21.

The third installment in the Palattes series intends to build on the same elements that made the first two successful, whilst honing in on the thematic focus of the event. Neatly dovetailing with the world cup fever thats taking over the city for the next month, Palattes will celebrate the West African roots of Brazilian cuisine and the Brazilian origins of West African food! Presented in the form of a brunch, the menu developed in collaboration with up and coming chef Lohi Ogolo, will contain elements of a Brazillian breakfast, street food from Ghana and drinks from Senegal. The event will also feature the artwork and contribution of Komi Olaf as well as a SUPAFRIK pop-up shop that will allow visitors to purchase items from the online shop. Seating is by advanced tickets only which can be purchased from: http://palattesofafrica.eventbrite.ca/

Date: Sunday June 29th
Time: 12noon to 3pm

Because I Love You/A Quiet Desperation

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*TORONTO* Because I Love You/A Quiet Desperation is a new project in development from the same company that brought you the hit site-specific play, Nightmare Dream. Because I Love You gives voice to the story of African mother’s encounter with the Western world, both in a historical context and in the modern reality of foreign adoption.

Set inside the St Lawrence Hall, Because I Love You is told through the style of myth, magic, and ritual and a unique blending of text, sound and movement. The piece is the second of ‘The Nightmare Dream Series’, a trilogy of experimental theatre projects exploring the African encounter with the ‘other’.

Exclusive workshop presentation
Today(25.02.14) at 7:30pm inside St Lawrence Hall
157 King St E, Toronto, ON

Tickets: $12 in advance $15 at the door

Presentation will be followed by a talk back and a reception
Bring your dancing shoes!

Please visit www.because-iloveyou.com for more information.

A co-production with Newface Entertainment.

Art Feature: Moondust by Sara Golish

You might have already seen pieces from the beautifully rendered “Moondust” series that’s been spreading like wildfire across the social media sphere for the past two weeks or you might have come across other works from the artist such as her magnetic graphite sketch of British-Nigerian soul singer Sade. We recently sat down with Toronto-based artist, Sara Golish to discuss the inspiration behind “Moondust” and future plans for her “ode to Afrofuturism”. Enjoy!

How long have you been working on the “Moondust” series for?
I started the series back in the spring/summer of 2013 but had been pondering the concepts for at least a few years. Some things just take time to evolve right?

There certainly is an “Afrofuturistic” feel to the series. How did you go about researching the look and feel of the series?
Yes, for sure. One of the main inspiration elements was from the Afrofuturism movement, which I have been long drawn to. My research varies a lot. Sometimes I’ll sit down for hours and look up images, ideas, concepts and become lost in my quest. While other times it may only happen briefly or when I’m not looking, I’ll come across a hairstyle or cool piece of jewelry that ignites an idea.

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#MasqueradeTO Behind the Scenes Part 3 (Fitting and Rehearsal)

The last of the behind the scenes series for Chinedesign’s Masquerade which took  place in February. Thanks for making it a huge success! Full coverage of the show will be released this summer.

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#MasqueradeTO Behind the Scenes Part 2 (Couture Kitchen)

A behind the scenes taste of what’s cooking in the couture kitchen for Chinedesign’s Masquerade collection debuting at #MasqueradeTO February 15, 2013.

This video is the second in a series documenting the creative process leading up to the event. Stay tuned for more and visit chinedesign.com/masquerade for more information. Twitter/Instagram: #MasqueradeTO

Video by Anthony DelaCruz. Photographs by Simone Lynn.

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