London is home to a significant number of French speaking African groups from Congo, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Senegal, the French-speaking Caribbean, and others. Many members of this community work in the service and public sectors, including the NHS and local transport. In areas like Dalston, which boosts a vibrant African market, there are many retail enterprises run by the local Francophone residents.
As Hackney is home to a sizeable group of this community, we have partnered with Hackney Council to host a special event honouring Black History Month. This period provides an opportunity to learn about the history, heritage and achievements within the community. It offers much needed inspiration to the young Black people in our C ity. This event will feature performing arts, culinary offerings, and a youth performance that emphasizes the cultural diversity and depth of this community.
The events include:
Hackney French Youth Theatre Performance – Our theatre group is made up of young people from both Francophone and non-Francophone backgrounds in developing their French language skills through theatre.
Ziloka Group – Traditional Gwoka Dance from Guadaloupe. This group portrays vibrant dance moves from the French Caribbean.
Exotic Crepes with Carole Creperie – The crepes are freshly made and filed with exotic flavours such as mango and passion fruit.
Ivorian Art with Moussa Sanogo.
Traditional Flute Playing from Bukina Faso with Moustique Pique.