Africa Belle

PURPOSE

Africa Belle is an event which celebrates French-speaking Africa and seeks to promote the positive images of Africa by showcasing the business and cultural contributions of they make to the world through art, food, music, dance, fashion, and fellowship. Through Africa Belle people of different backgrounds are brought together to engage in a unique cultural experience.

This year’s Africa Belle Festival dates are April 4 - April 28.

Event Contact: Shanita Miller, development@afatl.com

April 4 | Africa Belle VIP & Patron Opening Reception | 6:30-8:30PM

The patron reception officially opens the 8th Annual Africa Belle Festival on April 4th, 6:30-8:30PM and welcomes all participating artists, sponsors, and partners. This is an invitation only event.

April 6 [Fashion Friday] | Crossing Size & Cultural Barriers: A Discussion with African Fashion Designer, Ana Tomer | 6:30-8:30PM

Join us for a special talk with local African fashion designer, Ana Tomer, as she shares her inspiration behind designing for African women of all sizes, and how this trend is changing the African Fashion Industry.

April 10 | Uncovering Wakanda: African Innovations and Technology that could reshape the Continent | 6:30-7:30PM

This event will welcome guest speakers Sarran Deigna (Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta), Biro Condé (iFrica 360), and Lateef Ashekun (City of Atlanta). These panelists will lead a discussion about the changing technology and developing innovations on the continent.

April 13 [Fashion Friday] | Head Wraps & Scarves: A Conversation on Cultural Expression | 6:30-8:30PM

This cultural workshop invites guests to learn about the differences and similarities among the head wrapping communities. In addition, guests will learn traditional and modern head wrap styles while vibing to the tunes of our AfroBeat DJ. You don’t want to miss this fashionable hands-on workshop! Light refreshments will be provided.

April 17 | Errant Voices: A Roundtable Discussion with Ken Bugul | 5:00-6:30 PM

Ken Bugul, which in Wolof means : « one who is unwanted », is the pseudonym used by writer Mariètou Mbaye Biléoma who was born in Ndoucoumane, Senegal. Author of the books, Riwan ou le chemin de sable and The Abandoned Baobab, she is considered one of the most brilliant Senegalese writers of the past decades. The Alliance Française has partnered with Emory University’s Ecrivains d'aujourd'hui program, where Ken Bugul has been invited as the guest lecturer. This event welcomes the Francophone communities of Atlanta.

April 21| Club Ado: Youth African Dance Workshop | 2:00-3:30 PM

This high-energy workshop welcomes students ages 13-18 for an afternoon of traditional and contemporary African Dance. This cross-cultural experience is not to be missed! The dance workshop will be led by two professional dancers from Cosmic Energy Fitness Studio.

April 25 | Women’s Empowerment Breakfast | 7:30-9:30 AM

A staple of our Africa Belle Festival, our annual Women’s Empowerment Breakfast is a mix of networking, engaging discussion, and celebration of African female leaders in the metro-Atlanta area and beyond. This breakfast welcomes entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, students, and corporate professionals-- come Network!

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