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The Royal African Society organizes an evening devoted to creative Africa to celebrate 120 years of change

African Royal Society

On November 2, to celebrate its 120th anniversary, the Royal African Society ( organizes a celebration of “Creative Africa”. An evening of splendor begins at 7pm and will be held at the Aqua Shard to honor African entertainment, film, fashion, food and music on the continent, in the UK and around the world.

The evening will bring together personalities from the worlds of film, fashion, literature and music as well as long-time members and supporters of the Royal African Society, to enjoy the best African cuisine, latest sounds and fashion of some of the most influential. and world famous African fashion designers including Ozwald Boateng, Alphadi, Shadae Thomas-Fahm, Yemi Kosibah and Maison ARTC. Sotheby’s will also hold a live auction of contemporary African art and other prizes.

The event will feature special messages from our Royal Patron HRH Prince William, the Prince of Wales and the President of the Royal African Society, Arunma Oteh, as well as exceptional musical performances from the Chineke! Orchestra, shingai and Osibisa and other renowned musical guests.

The evening will support the Society’s work to promote the stories and experiences of Africans, particularly through our Film Africa and Africa Writes arts and culture festivals and education programs, to support innovation and African creativity and to amplify African voices in the UK. and across the world.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite from £120 for members and £175 for non-members, with a range of sponsorship opportunities available to our established and new supporters.

The Royal African Society is grateful to Creative Resilience International for their help in producing this event.

Further details can be found on our website here: Creative Africa (

Arunma Oteh, President of the RAS, said:

“It will be an unmissable evening, celebrating the extraordinary creativity of Africa. At a time when this is finally achieving global recognition, it is an honor to mark the 120th anniversary of the Royal African Society by bringing together some of Africa’s finest talent in film, fashion, food and music for a unforgettable evening. Please join us if you can in supporting the Society’s work in support of African creativity and innovation.”

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the Royal African Society.

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About the Royal African Society:
The Royal African Society is a membership organization that offers people the opportunity to connect, celebrate and critically engage with Africa today. Through our events, publications and digital channels, we share ideas, spark debate and facilitate mutual understanding between the UK and Africa. We amplify African voices and interests in academia, business, politics, the arts and education, reaching a network of over two million people around the world.

Watch our anniversary video HERE (

About Film Africa:
Film Africa is the Royal African Society’s biennial festival and annual program celebrating the best African and African Diaspora cinema. Established in 2011 with a mission to promote a better understanding of Africa through film, Film Africa brings a wide-ranging, high-quality film program to diverse London audiences each year accompanied by a series of dynamic events, including questions and answers, interviews and discussions with the directors; industry events, workshops and masterclasses; school screenings and family activities through Film Africa: Young Audiences; and Film Africa LIVE! musical evenings. Film Africa also recognizes and supports emerging and established talent through the Baobab Award for Best Short Film and the Film Africa Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature.

About Sotheby’s:
Founded in 1744, Sotheby’s is the world’s leading destination for art and luxury. Sotheby’s promotes access to and ownership of exceptional fine art and luxury through auctions and buy-it-now channels including private sales, e-commerce and retail. Our trusted global marketplace is supported by a state-of-the-art technology platform and network of specialists spanning 40 countries and 70 categories including Contemporary Art, Modern & Impressionist Art, Modern & Contemporary African Art, Masters antiques, Chinese works of art, jewellery, Watches, Wines and Spirits, and Design, as well as collector cars and real estate. Sotheby’s believes in the transformative power of art and culture and is committed to making our industries more inclusive, sustainable and collaborative.