Africa Centre summer festival review – street party gets its groove back

Great Suffolk Street, London
British and African artists trade sounds between opposing stages in a cross-generational celebration that fizzes with energy

London’s Africa Centre recently relocated to a shiny new development near Tate Modern, but in the process it appeared to lose its groove, belying an era where young British talents reflect pan-African heritage (under the umbrella term Afrobeats and beyond), and arts from across Africa inspire increasingly wide audiences. On a mellow August day, the centre’s free summer festival, stretching over the long street outside its base, feels like a positive reconnect.

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