Pop-Up Africa May Bank Holiday
I tend to find myself at this event every year – whether planned or not. I’ve stumbled across it after lunch with friends, raced there last minute after seeing things popping on insta, or like this year used it as a reason to venture out after a long weekend of homely solitude.
The event takes over Spitalfields market on the last May Bank Holiday and aims to celebrate both products and brands by black owners. Many of these products are rooted in traditions, crafts or flavours from across the African Diaspora. The energy is good, the food is fab and the sun always tends to shine. Here are a few of the brands which caught my eye this year.
Probably the cutest bibs I have ever seen. 100% cotton, machine washable. They’d make a great gift for a mama and papa to be.
The team at Hairglo run a shop in Bromley selling all of your favourite hair and beauty products. I’ve not visited as it’s a bit out of the way, but from the images it looks like a lovely place to shop. You can also order online for nationwide delivery and they seem to stock pretty much everything so… no excuses people.
Dolls By Verona. C
These beautiful dolls are hand crafted to bring a little style and diversity to the doll landscape. The dolls are available in two sizes, four different skin shades, a variety of African print clothing. No two are the same, so they’d make a really special gift for your little ones.
This is a traditional West African drink produced and bottled by Dveres. I had a little taste at the stand and had to buy a bottle. This is just the kind of drink which could totally disrupt the alcohol-free adults drinks market. If you’ve not had it before, it’s a sparkling fruity drink with notes of strawberry and watermelon.
These delicate framed artworks caught my eye as I was strolling round. The material is sourced from Ghana, and then placed behind hand cut designs to create these stylish works of art. Each one is unique and is perfect if you’re looking for a small nod to the homeland to brighten up your space. I very nearly purchased the King one for my little brother, but I might save it for his birthday.
Follow them on Instagram so that you get a heads up for the next one: @popupafrica