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David Oyelowo introduces Nollywood at TIFF16!

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*TORONTO* Nollywood has invaded your city for #TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) and we are excited to get in on the action! Nigeria’s homegrown film industry has blossomed into the 2nd largest film industry in the world with an avid fanbase spread across Africa and the Caribbean. In addition to checking out all 8 movies that are part of TIFF’s City to City focus on Lagos, Team #SUPAFRIK will be popping up at some of the Nollywood X TIFF parties, talks and special events. So follow us on Facebook and Instagram for reviews/happenings. Tickets are still on sale through ticketmaster here and we have already given away 6 pairs of tickets through the @SUPAFRIK instagram account and we have still lots more film and after-party tickets to give away. Follow us on instagram and twitter right now! The odds are in your favour.

The City to City focus on Lagos opened up the full exuberance and drama of Nollywood with a screening of “The Wedding Party” which chose TIFF to make its world premiere. The film was well received after this celebratory intro by British-Nigerian actor David Oyelowo set the tone for the rest of the evening.

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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!

#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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Recap: SUPAFRIK #4 [DC Edition]


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Last month, we partnered up with Lunchbox Theory, took the SUPAFRIK pop-up shop/gallery on the road and made our U.S. debut in Washington, D.C. About 300 people passed through Gallery O on H for the Thursday night launch event which included a fashion show featuring Chinedesign’s newest collection: “Marrakesh”, accesories by Ann & Arayata and an initimate acoustic set by Grammy nominated singer/songwriter and DC native Wayna. In addition to the work of Ethiopian-Canadian artist Kalikidan Assefa, the SUPAFRIK gallery also featured the amazing artwork of 11 local artists from DC/Maryland/Virginia area

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We also had an Afro-House Party with DJ Drewcool and a SUPAFRIK special Food Truck by the Fojol Brothers. DC came out in a major way and the event got alot of positive reviews from The Washington Post (Editor’s Pick!)AllThingsFashionDCLSP and bloggers ThatGirlKellieTriflesandTreasures and Heart|Print|Style. It was also listed as the go to event in HuffingtonPostWashingtonCity PaperDCistPrinceofPetworthThe Ravenous Creator, Fashion Dolls Noir and many more. Check out the {{[[video]]}} below by Siobhan Boland for a teaser of what we got up to in DC and check out instagram to experience it through the eyes of the audience.

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(Special Shout Out to the DMV family discovering SUPAFRIK for the first time! Thanks for welcoming us warmly! If you have not already joined us on facebook please do. We update it more regularly than this blog).

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On Now: Africa at TIFF 2012.

Oh how time flies! It feels like it was just yesterday that we were compiling a similar list for the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. The criteria is simple. We comb through the hundred of movies showing at the festival and shortlist movies that are set in Africa (and the diaspora) or prominently feature people of African origin in the cast or crew. Narrowing it down this way still leaves us with more films than we could possibly see so we filter it further by eliminating films that are likely to get a wide theatrical release, films that sound like many films we’ve already seen e.g the foreign “saviour” stories and films with yawn-inducing blurbs (though we sadly recall a yawn-inducing film from last festival that had a fantastically intriguing blurb). This patented editing process leaves us with an attainable wish-list of films to see. This time around we’ve decided to include trailers of the films where possible so that you can quickly preview them. The SUPAFRIK selection of films to see at TIFF 2012 are (drumrolls please!):

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From Paris with Love, AITF returns to SUPAFRIK!

AFRICA IS THE FUTURE was the favorite at the first SUPAFRIK so we are bringing it back for the second time. Created by the AITF crew ( a collective of photographers, designers, musicians and multimedia artists based in Paris) AFRICA IS THE FUTURE is a t-shirt campaign initiated in 2004 by founding members Nicolas Premier & Patrick Ayamam to promote new ways of thinking Africa and its place in the World. Continue reading