Mayor of London Boris Johnson has confirmed the African festival in Trafalgar Square today is part of the capital's Black History Month. The festival will feature inspirations from many African traditions and cultures, supported by Lebara, Air France and The Voice newspaper.
One of the weekend's highlights will be the the Square Celebrates Talent (ACT) which is a show for performers under 25 in front of a live audience. There will also be a fashion show featuring designers from the African UK fashion scene. The festival will take place today from 12pm to 6pm in Trafalgar Square
'London is home to a large and diverse number of African communities, who contribute to the cultural and economic life of the capital and reinforce the historic ties we have to that great continent. As we mark Black History Month I am delighted to be welcoming this celebration of African culture to Trafalgar Square. It will be an opportunity for all Londoners to explore Africa's rich heritage and traditions.'
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