Published on Monday April 25th, 2016 by Afrocks
16 Natural Hair & Black Cultural Events You Haven’t Seen on Buzzfeed
Too busy to look for some pretty cool Natural Hair and/or Afro-Caribbean cultural events and festivals around? Afraid not, the Afrocks team have put together a list of events happening around the world (for those who love travelling!) for you to enjoy! There are some pretty cool stuff so it’s time to get excited!
The Full Monti Natural Hair and Health Bootcamp, 29 APRIL – 1st MAY 2016, Birmingham UK
What is it about: 2 days of workshops that promise to enhance your skill and techniques when dealing with natural hair. Delivered by US celebrity stylists from the The Full Monti of Natural Hair (MONTI).
Price: Between £11.49 and £336.99 (yes, for professional stylists)
Info: Click here
Natural Hair Week, 30th April – 7th May 2016 – Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, London UK
What is it about: Probably the biggest Natural Hair event in the UK! In just three years, Natural Hair Week has grown from 700+ attendees to over 5,000 from more than 5 UK cities. It’s been called the “Best and most EMPOWERING natural hair event.” But we just think it‘s different. And that difference works for our attendees. Loads of brands, workshops, talks scheduled. Have a look on the website, looks like good fun!
Price: Between £5.99 for kids and £29.99 for adults
Info: Natural Hair Week website
Natural Hair Festival Afro Swank Fest, 2nd May 2016, London UK
What is it about: Organised by Woman In The Jungle, a UK based natural hair & beauty community here to inspire, educate and celebrate the modern day woman of colour.
Price: Between £14.50 and £26.50
Info: Tickets here and website here
Titi’s Curl Natural Hair Workshop, 8th May 2016, Paris France.
What is it about: Bonjour! Get down to Paris for this workshop dedicated to women (and men) who are keen to understand and build a natural hair routine before, during transition or after the big chop. Workshop will be in French, but hey! It’s a good way to start learning!
Info: Tickets here and Titi’s Youtube channel
Oxford Africa Conference, 20 MAY 2016, Oxford UK
What is it about: The Oxford Africa Conference is one of the largest and most globally recognized African conferences of its type, organized by the long-established Oxford Africa Society. The upcoming conference will take place on 20th and 21st of May 2016 focusing on Africa under the theme “Challenging Narratives: Governance, Youth Leadership and Business”. It is aimed to provide a vibrant platform for new thinking about an international Africa across all disciplines – politics, business, arts, technology and academia – connecting inter-generational leaders from around the world to shape an integrated and innovative perspective on African issues.
Price: £32.84 – £228.02 (Open to both students and public. There are also tickets for Gala dinner)
Info: Tickets here and Oxford Africa Conference website
Conscious Vibes, Natural Hair & Lifestyle Expo, 21 May 2016, MANCHESTER UK
What is it about: Organised by Conscious Vibes Magazine, the UK’s leading online natural hair and lifestyle magazine that showcases natural hair and pioneering dreadlock hair designs. The magazine also offers career tips, african fashion, community updates and natural hair and body products.
Price: £7.50 in advance and £10 on the door
Info: Tickets here and Conscious Vibes website
Curlvolution Natural Hair and Beauty Show, 28th May 2016, London UK
What is it about: Another great Hair and Beauty Show, celebrating its 5th anniversary with special guests from across the UK, Europe and the US. This year they have brought US hair, beauty and lifestyle guru Maria- Antoinette in. With her personable style, amazing styling skills, versatility and all round warm demeanor its little wonder that she is one of the leading hair, beauty bloggers on the scene- little wonder that Maria easily racks up millions of views on her vibrant YT channel
Price: £15.69 – £22.08
Info: Tickets here and their website
Afro Hair and Beauty Live, 29-30 May 2016, London UK
What is it about: Now in its thirty fifth year, Afro Hair & Beauty is one of the most iconic brands with black consumers. The first Afro Hair & Beauty Show took place in 1982 at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane. Come along and join the ultimate hair and beauty experience where you can be pampered head to toe. The place will be buzzing with the latest looks, free makeovers, amazing hair and fashion shows and lots more.
Info: Tickets here
50th Anniversary Lecture: The Early Years of the Black Panther Party, 13th June Nottingham UK
What is it about: Please join the Centre for Research in Rights and the Department of American and Canadian Studies for this special lecture by Dr. Joe Street to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party: “The Baddest Motherfuckers Who Ever Stepped Foot Inside History: The Early Years of the Black Panther Party.”
Price: Free, but you need to register
Info: Online registration here
African Film Festival UK, 23 – 26 June 2016, Manchester UK
What is it about: A showcase of the the very best of African Cinema, featuring award winning films from Nigeria, Ghana, Mali, South Africa and a host of Independent African Films in the beautiful city of Manchester. A total cultural experience that will also feature African songs, dance, food, arts and craft over a period of 4 days.
Info: You can buy ticket here
African Food Festival UK, 25 June 2016, London UK
What is it about: The African Food festival is a large, family-friendly festival held over 4 weeks throughout the UK ending with a grand event at the Queen Elizabeth park copper box arena, featuring independent vendors selling food merchandise, art and featuring small-scale cultural performances, kids zone and entertainment, all celebrating the rich cultural diversity and heritage of African Food.
Price: Free for Kids – £17 for adults
Info: You can buy ticket here
Curlfest 2016, 26 June 2016, New York US
What is it about: Wow wooow! This is the ultimate fun-music packed natural hair festival! Held in Brooklyn Park, Curlfest will get you dancing, chatting and being beautiful all day! Check it out!
Price: Not communicated
Info: Check out the website
Miss Black and Beautiful, 7 July 2016 London UK
What is it about: Raphael Albert documented hundreds of popular beauty pageants and other events in west London’s black community for more than two decades, from the 1960s to the early 80s. Looks like it is going to be a bunch a great shots!
Info: More information on the website
Party Over Hair, 10 JULY 2016, Amsterdam
What is it about: Head over to Amsterdam for it seems to be like a great natural hair hair show. Loads of workshops, networkings and parties on the list. Definitely fun!
Price: From 8.33 – 58.47€
Info: Get your tickets right here
Caribbean Festival 29 – 31 July 2016, Birmingham UK
What is it about: The Caribbean Food and Drinks Festival started in 2011 in response to a desire for Caribbean food to be more widely available to diverse communities in the UK. The festival creates an environment in which Caribbean arts, culture, food and drink, in their various forms, are promoted and made accessible to an increasing proportion of the British population.
Had a look at the pictures on the website and it looks pretty fun!
Price: Free! Free!
Info: Find more info here
Black Feminism, Womanism and the Politics of Women of Colour in Europe, 3 Sept 2016, Edinburgh UK
What is it about: How might we theorise and practice Black feminism and womanism in Europe today? This is a provocative question as women of colour and their politics are too often erased from or misrecognised in the European imagination. If you are in Edinburgh and into Black feminism, this is a must go!
Price: Free but registration is recommended
Info: Register here