Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the Africa in London programme looks a little different this year. We are currently confirming what support may be available.

As part of the 2019 Africa in London programme grants and further support were on offer, find more information below.

2019 Culture Seeds Grants

Culture Seeds

Culture Seeds was part of the Mayor of London’s Strategy for Culture: Culture for all Londoners. It formed part of the Mayor’s ambition to put culture at the heart of local communities. Through Africa in London, we invested a further £24,000 from June-September 2019 in the following six projects:

'Africa in London' 

Re-creating an African Living Room to host a four day festival. 

The Go Africa Festival 

Festival featuring African visual arts and music

Telling our stories

Storytelling and filmmaking websites to explore media stereotypes of BAME people

African Art Shared

Workshops for all ages to explore African art led by local artists. 


An animation project for young people who speak both English and Yoruba. 

Dolls Like Me (Survivor Dolls) 

Working with female survivors of domestic abuse to craft African dolls to represent participants' stories. 

Find out more about some of the People creating these projects. 

2019 Mentoring Scheme

In 2019 we ran our first Africa in London mentoring scheme in partnership with HATCH Ideas with the aim to capacity build people to expand African arts programming in London.

The scheme aimed to:

  • enhance skills, knowledge and tools needed to be a modern producer
  • provide greater access to and understanding of the production process and the different approaches to presenting creativity
  • expand contact networks within London’s Arts and Cultural sector

The scheme enabled young London-based creatives aged 18-35 to learn from established professionals and make new connections in the creative sector. Mentors were made up of ‘Africa in London’ partners from across the Culture sector, including Arts, Events, Fashion, Funding, Heritage, Media, Music, Visual Arts and Policy development.

Find out more about our 2019 Mentees.

2019 Resources

In November 2019 we supported a free HATCH ideas masterclass on how to organise successful cultural events with links to Africa and its diaspora.

Speakers included:

  • Cedar Lewisohn (Curator, Museum of London)
  • Cyndi Anafo (DJ & Independent Producer
  • Debo Amon (Literature Programmer & Co-lead programmer, Africa Utopia, Southbank Centre)
  • Deborah Bankole (Music & Literature Public Programme Producer & Co-Lead Programmer, Africa Utopia, Southbank Centre)
  • Kouassi Atta (Founder, Focus Africa Organisation)
  • Yemisi Mokuolu (Independent Producer & Consultant, Hatch Ideas)
  • Zezi Ifore (Broadcaster and Consultant (BBC World Service / ZIP)

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