Africa Village brings sunshine and colour to the London Olympics 2012 :a whole continent at the heart of London.
The Africa Village currently open in London’s Kensington Gardens is bringing an exotic flavour to the 2012 Olympics, showcasing the best of African sport and culture.
For the first time in Olympics history, the 53-country strong African National Olympic Committee (ANOC) – founded in Lome, Togo, on June 28, 1981 – is hosting the Africa Village site in South Kensington Gardens, opposite to the Albert Memorial Museum, from July 28 to 12 August 2012.
The ANOC comprises cultural contributions from Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Central Africa, Congo Brazzaville, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Togo, Tunisia and Uganda.
The ANOC president and superintendent said: “We created Africa Village to offer to the public, the National Olympics Committees and African athletes a unique opportunity to fully participate in the Olympics festivities, whatever their means. This area will act as an exceptional showcase for our continent in the eyes of the general public.”
The village represents the richness and diversity of the whole Africa continent, all in one place: the beauty, the people, the colours, the art, culture and cuisine. The Village is open to the public free of charge from 9am to 10pm. Filming is also permitted within the Village without restrictions.
This Village provides a microcosm of Africa in the heart of London, access to which requires none of the usual hassles of visa, tropical disease vaccinations, ticket expenses, endless queues at the airport – you just have to jump on a train, tube or bus to sample the whole African.
Speaking to The Bridge Magazine on August4, 2012 Mac Neil , a visitor from Scotland, said about Africa Village: “I am very impressed, I have learned a lot about Africa in just a couple of days. I was quite shocked to discover another side of the continent, different from the skinny children with running noses surrounded by flies I usually watch on television. I have bought some souvenirs from the Kenyan, Moroccan and Ethiopian stands.”
20 countries are showcasing the best of their cultures at their stalls. There is also an impressive African restaurant and park area where visitors can taste spicy cuisines from across the African continent.
Open every day from 9am to 10pm, except on occasional days when Africa House is closed for special events.
The Media Centre is based on the first floor of Africa House (the ground floor is a private zone).
The closing ceremony of this project on August 12, 2012 to be broadcast live on screen, is not to be missed.
At the heart of London, Africa Village serves as a junction point for the many different cultures that make up the African continent; a terminus of giving, receiving and exchanging, where the public are welcomed to sample African sports, art, culture and cuisine.
For more information about Africa Village visit www.africa-village.com