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AFRICAN DESIGNERS EXTRAVANGANZA IN AMSTERDAM 2014
On the last weekend of August 2014, the first edition of Africa Fashion Week Amsterdam (AFWA2014) took place at the World Fashion Centre in Amsterdam. In the presence of the Dutch Governor, the Amsterdam council & Chamber of commerce representatives, the African Embassies representatives, buyers retailers and an international press, with a fashion-loving public showed both novice and established African and African- inspired fashion designers proudly their colourful collections.
Day 1: Campaign day. On Friday 29th August 2014, the organization spent this day promoting the event and taking interviews from the media.
Day 2: Students & Catwalk Show - Novice designers
Saturday August 30 was completely dominated by novice designers who proudly showed their first collection of fashion-loving Netherlands and an international audience.
Day 3: Gala Show - Established designers
On Sunday, August 31 hosted by our celebrity Nollywood actor Ramsey Nouah and Owner of Passarella Moda Carolien Ter Linden. The established designers presented their collection, including the Founder of Africa Fashion Week Amsterdam, Miss Diana Tambe, who kicked-off the Gala Show with her own clothing line BLACKPEARL SECRET, followed by THE HOUSE OF ADJEIWAAH ( Thoa ), ARRIZ GOLDEN, ALISHA, FARIDA's ATELIER and the closing by PATOU MANGA.
Music & Dance
Besides the colourful and inspiring fashion shows of the first edition of Africa Fashion Week Amsterdam, the public enjoyed musical performances by MISS BESS, dance and urban music sensation PETIT Bagaza and NABIL NABSTAR .
Amsterdam is clearly not just a multicultural event richer but also a unique Fashion Week!
ABOUT AFRICA IN DUTCH SCHOOLS - CCoLA
About Africa in Dutch Schools - CCoLA
By Ato Bob*
“Rain does not fall on one roof alone” African Proverb
CCoLA stands for ‘Centre for Collective Learning and Action’, a social enterprise that promotes collective learning and action. CCoLA organized a seminar at the Humanity House in The Hague on 17th September under the title ‘Fair Image & Representation of Sub-Saharan Africa in the Media: Nurturing Collective Efforts’.
The participants were a select, but broad based group of representatives of the African Diaspora Community in the Netherlands, as well as a distinct number of experts, providing information, giving commentaries and extrapolations.
The program included the presentation of a research on what is taught about Africa in Dutch Schools, expert commentaries and extrapolations, and creating primary schools curricula and of course extensive response, networking and discussion among the African Diasporans present.
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