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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

Started in 2010 by the London-based British European Design Group in partnership with London Design Festival, the African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora Inititative has created its own legacy by highlighting the talents of new and emerging artists, designers and architects of African and African-Caribbean descent.

Originally co-funded by the Arts Council England/Lottery Fund and supported by the London Design Festival, the Initiative is now an official partner of the London Design Festival.

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.

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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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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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