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“If facts are an indication of success, then the launch of the African and African- Caribbean Design Diaspora in September 2010 is telling the incredible story of the totally unprecedented and unexpected achievement in gaining the spontaneous, enthusiastic and sometimes even unsolicited support and collaboration from individuals, official and private organisations, institutions and enterprises in this project.”

- Karin-Beate Phillips

The African and African-Caribbean Design Diaspora

Iconic Highlights: Black Creativity at its Best -
The 2013 AACDD Bargehouse Festival

From September 18 - 23, 2013 the Exhibition of the AACDD Awards is the final accolade celebrating the best of the outstanding creative talent of black artists and designers of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 AACDD exhibitions.

A Point of Celebration for Black Creative Talent

A point of celebration is required to demonstrate the quality of creative thinking derived from London’s and the UK’s small but significant African and African-Caribbean* design community. This should provide a positive insight into design skills, engage and inspire others and create a promotional platform for designers working in London, the UK, Africa and the Caribbean.

The African and African-Caribbean Design Diaspora is a three year initiative of the British European Design Group (BEDG) to promote the creative skills and commercial potential of ethnic minorities of African and African-Caribbean descent in the UK and their creative counterparts in Africa and the Caribbean.

Co-funded by the Arts Council England/Lottery Fund and supported by the London Design Festival, the Initiative will run alongside the London Design Festival and the 2012 Olympics, with its final in September 2013.

Untold Gold - The 2012 AACDD Bargehouse Festival

The title of the 2012 AACDD FestivalUntold Gold’ places the outstandingly beautiful and original work of more than 150 artists and designers from the UK, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean alongside the incredible athletic achievements of the black sportsmen and women of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Revisit the AACDD Festival 2011

Watch the videos from the AACDD Re-Loved Lounge at 100% and Reaching Out Through Art at the Hospital Club.

The AACDD 2013 Bargehouse Festival

18.09.2013 - 23.09.2013

Iconic Highlights - Black Creativity at its Best. The final accolade celebrating the best of the outstanding creative talent of black artists and designers.

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Absent Art

Absent Art
20.09.2012 - 30.09.2012

An interactive art exhibition that replaces the physical world with the virtual, crossing the boundaries between two realities that define our lives.

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Stripcloth Splendours

Stripcloth Splendours
19.09.2012 - 24.09.2012

Culture, Beauty, Identity - Contemporary Revival of West Africa’s Textile Heritage - An exhibition by the British European Design Group

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Untold Gold

Untold Gold - 2012 AACDD Bargehouse Festival
19.09.2012 - 30.09.2012

The 2012 AACDD BARGEHOUSE FESTIVAL
Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London SE1
19 – 30 September 2012

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Black History Month

Black History Month
Black History Month

Black History Month is a remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. Since 1976, it is celebrated annually in the UK in October.

The Official Guide to Black History Month …

AACDD Flickr Gallery

Pictures from all our Festival activities over the years, a celebration of Black creativity through the creative disciplines.

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Our 2011 Festival revisited

The African and African-Caribbean Design Diaspora Festival 2011
Events & Venues 2011

Again over 20.000 people visited the AACDD exhibitions in various Boroughs across London from the Bargehouse to 100%design during the 2011 festival.

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Our 2010 Festival revisited

The African and African-Caribbean Design Diaspora Festival 2010
Events & Venues 2010

Over 20.000 people visited the African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora exhibitions in various Boroughs across London during the 2010 festival.

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Do you know of any African & Caribbean art, design or film events around the world?
Global call for submission

The AACDD website is a platform for African and Caribbean art, design and film events around the world. If you know of any festivals or exhibitions, let us know.

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