The African and African-Caribbean Design Diaspora Festival 2013


The African and African-Caribbean Design Diaspora (AACDD) Festival 2013—Moving On—has been going on at Bargehouse (located at Oxo Tower Wharf on Bargehouse Street in South Bank, London), running from September 17 to 23, 2013. All five floors of the Bargehouse building have been devoted to showcasing exceptional works from creatives of African, African-Caribbean and African Diaspora descent from the UK, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.

Description: The 2013 African and African-Caribbean Design Diaspora Festival once again celebrates the amazing breadth, quality and originality of black talent throughout all creative disciplines from the UK and overseas. The events of the AACDD Festival during the London Design Festival showcase art installations and themed projects spanning architecture, interior design, furniture, lighting, textiles, glass, ceramics, accessories, fashion and jewelry as well as fine art, sculpture, graphic design, photography, film, media and multimedia.

Started in 2010 by the London-based British European Design Group in partnership with the London Design Festival, the African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora Initiative ( has created its own legacy by highlighting the talents of new and emerging artist, designers and architects of African and African- Caribbean descent.

The 2013 AACDD Bargehouse Festival ‘Moving On’ consists of four parts: “Iconic Highlights—The Best of the Best,” including the AACDD Awards and Award Exhibition highlighting outstanding creative talent of black artists and designers; “The Screening Room,” with screenings of new independent film, animation, documentaries, and moving images by independent filmmakers and collectives; “Moving On— New Submissions, New Work,” featuring 50 new artists and designers from the UK, Africa, the Caribbean, and the US; and the “Made to Wear” section, which features fashion, accessories, jewelry, gifts, and the new MOSAIC Shopping Showcase. The latter is a new initiative; for the first time designer/makers and small businesses owned by entrepreneurs of African and African-Caribbean descent offer fashion, fashion accessories, interior design accessories, limited edition art and artistic gifts to highlight not only the creative but also the commercial potential of AACDD artists and designers.

[Shown above, a work by Raimi Gbadamosi.]

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