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WandEvent : “Afro-Polis” Pop-Up Experience, until 8 October 2013 – Paris

WandEvent : “Afro-Polis” Pop-Up Experience, until 8 October 2013 – Paris

WandEvent : “Afro-Polis” Pop-Up Experience, until 8 October 2013 – Paris

To mark the birth of this exciting venture, the Afro-Polis Pop-Up Experience comes to Paris for two weeks only – from 25 September to 8 October 2013.

September 2013 sees the launch of Afro-polis.com – an innovative digital platform celebrating contemporary Africa. The website is an interactive hub for original stories from the continent and its diaspora and delves deeply into African-inspired fashion, music, art, litterature, film, food and design.

From Lagos to Nairobi, from Cairo to Cape Town, and beyond Africa to cities such as Rio, Kingston, New-York, Paris and London, Afro-Polis brings together global voices, trends and issues that reflect upon the many wonders of this vast, diverse and rich continent.

Afro-Polis also aims to create a multi-dimensional exploration and critical discovery of Africa’s cultural DNA by fostering a participatory forum via events, talks and exhibitions as well as a bi-annual journal.


AfropolisThe Afro-Polis Pop-Up Experience comes to Paris from this 25 September to 8 October 2013. Encompassing a multi-brand showroom, a boutique, an ex­hibition and events space, a restaurant, a coffee shop and a library, the A-P Pop-Up Experience is creating a rich and stimulating environment where to learn, explore and get inspired !

The A-P Pop-Up Experience will fuse fashion, debate, art, food, live music and DJ sets with confirmed guests includ­ing Patrice, Baloji, Faada Freddy and many more. Afro-Polis invites international fashion professionals, African dandies, jet-setters and cool kids to this series of special events in true celebration of the global African way of life.

Having hosted successful Paris Fashion Week parties for the last two seasons, Afro-Polis now ventures further with the Pop-Up Experience spread across four venues along the rue du Vertbois in the heart of the city’s hippest quarter, the Marais. In the spirit of an African village, the interiors of the venues will be transformed into a series of vignettes, each one re-imagining the unique energy and atmosphere of an African maquis (popular informal street restaurant / disco).

Headed by its founder, artistic director Pierre-Christophe Gam, the Afro-Polis editorial team is composed of informed, talented journalists, critics and artists who share a curious eye and deep passion for the continent. Together they invite you to set your clock on the African time…

More information Here.

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Date: 01.10.13

Time: 6.30 pm to 8pm



Understanding the rise of contemporary African Art on the international market.

Host:  Pierre-Christophe Gam

Talk: Barthelemi Toguo (artist)



Date: 02.10.13

Time: 6.30 pm to 8pm



The new codes of style for men

Host: Samantha Aki

Talk: Art comes first (designers)/ , Andrew Ibi (the Convenient Store)/ and Jenke Ahmed Tailly (Art director/TBC)




Date: 03.10.13

Time: 6.30 pm to 8pm



The rise of the Nigerian film industry


Location: Comptoire Générale, 80 Quai de Jemmapes, Paris 10

Host: Serge Noukoue

Movie: Projection of Nigerian movies :

Show at the Comptoir //

Talk: Q&A with Serge and guests


Date: 04.10.13

Time: 6.30 pm to 8pm

ART IN DESIGN | Craftmanship, an exploration from old to new  (Wait)


Location: AFRO-POLIS, 7 rue des Filles du Calvaire,  Paris 03

Host: Afrikaada magazine / Pascale Obolo

Talk: Cheick Diallo (designer) / Somian Jean Servais (designer) and Sandrine Ebene de Zorzi (designer)

Date: 05.10.13

Time: 6pm to 8pm

ART | Art is Resistance (TBC)


Art as an effective and innovative mean to denounce injustice in the world.

Location: AFRO-POLIS, 7 rue des Filles du Calvaire,  Paris 03

Art: Installation and Performance

Host: Pierre-Christophe Gam

Talk: Discussion with Abdelkarim Yacoub (CNCDTCHAD) / 0647925273 and Survie (French political organisation)


Date: 06.10.13

Time: 3pm to 5pm

Litterature | Afro Junior’s day


Interactive entertainment for children

Location: AFRO-POLIS, 7 rue des Filles du Calvaire,  Paris 03

Host: Joelle Esso

Performance:  Pouchkine by Joelle Esso

Book reading : Milena Kano



Date: 07.09.13

Time: 6pm to 7.45pm

LITTERATURE | Africa and the West


Two great African dynasties : The Pushkin in Russia and the Dumas in France.

Host: Pierre-Christophe Gam

Book launch (time : 15h to 17h) : Official book launch of Georges, by Roland Monpierre

Talk: Dieudonné Gnammankou (historian) and Claude Ribbe (historian)

Dinner :  Chef Babette de Rozieres (TBC)



Date: 08.10.13

Time: 6.30pm to 8pm

CURRENT | Foundation Gacha


A new ethical model. Furthering sustainable development through Art and Culture

Host: Pierre-Christophe Gam

Talk: Maxime Mussard (Twin for Peace) and Solveig Pigearias (Foundation Gacha)

Auction: Sale from bespoke art pieces with 20% of the proceed going to the foundation Gacha (TBC)

Dinner: Chef Dominique Gacha and Chef Loic Dable




Time: 10 pm to 2pm

Location: 80 Quai de Jemmapes, Paris 10

Performance : Tony Allen + Dj Knowa, Patrice, Taali M


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