Windrush Day 2020: Free Artwork Packs & Logos For Windrush Celebrations Available Here

  As we prepare for Windrush Day Celebrations  on 22nd June 2020, once again there is a plethora of events, tools and funds with something for everyone to celebrate as they see fit whether it be virtual of physical.  Windrush Day means many things to many people and this year the Ministry of Housing and […]

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Nubian Queens and Warriors – The Kandakes – Mighty Women of Africa

These great powerful women of the ancient African continent continue to fascinate and intrigue. Whilst the world became obsessed with the findings and wonders of the pyramids and their contents the thousands of stories of the individual lives of these black people remain largely untaught,  filtered and often biased. Kandake was the royal title for […]

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Nelson Mandela – The History of his Art – The man behind The Hand of Africa

“Only three people in the world whose artwork sold for charity would attract so much interest: Nelson Mandela, the Prince of Wales and the Pope.”  by Anna Hunter curator and gallerist. In 1997  we were at a meeting at St James’s Palace to discuss some new watercolours by the Prince Charles and the programme we […]

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Virtual Culture at your fingertips… from home

Across the UK, arts organisations, museums and theatres are unveiling innovative digital plans to ensure culture and creativity is accessible for all. Online offerings to the public set to increase over the coming weeks thanks to Arts Council England’s £160m support package and the DCMS funded Digital Culture Network. Over the past week, arts and […]

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Making Waves… Editions’ Review The Newsletter

29th February 2020. Issue No. 2 What a start to the Year!  The days are getting longer yet the early signs of spring are in the air. We’ve had the Oscars, the Bafta’s, controversy around both with Stormzy and Dave kicking up a storm, not to forget Black History Month USA which we have all […]

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Windrush Day 2020 Launches with £500,000 & Free Promotional Packs for everyone

  As preparations get underway for National Windrush Day 2020, Government have announced that 49 successful applicants  will receive funding for commemorative events and activities. Community groups and local authorities across England to receive a share of £500,000 to host events to honour the second national Windrush Day Funding will support exhibitions, lectures and workshops […]

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Tribute to Composer Florence Price (1887-1953)

As Black History Month USA comes to a close we pay tribute to Florence Price. The first African American female composer to have her work performed by a major orchestra. Against a backdrop of racial tensions in 1933 her first symphony was performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra Unwrapped concert designed […]

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Borders Literature Nigeria Interviews Editor Joy Sigaud

Describing her as rich and engaging, renowned journalist/writer, podcast host and founder of Borders Literature  Olatoun Gabi-Williams,  interviews Joy Sigaud about her life and work as a publisher and composer. Born in Britain to Jamaican parents, Joy Sigaud is passionate about Nigeria and her time spent there. She talks about how she quite by chance […]

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The Jolly Postman – for all the Frontline Workers

I composed this short piece of music to honour my postman. I’ve seen him every morning for the last 10 years diligently delivering the letters in my street.  All Frontline workers including people  postmen, dustmen and road sweepers of all races and nationalities whom we often overlook make our world a much better place. Listen […]

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Hush! Do Not Weep – Happy Black History Month America

HUSH! Did Rachel Weep for her children? Yes, Who wept for me? Hush, the day has dawned Hush, are these the lost of Africa? Hush! Lost! Never! We are easily identifiable No matter how diluted So hush, Let your heart not weep   How many prophets have we had How many slain? Hush, let your […]

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“Marching With Martin Luther King August 1963” – Reverend John Wates OBE recalls his personal experience

Originated and updated by Joy Sigaud When Reverend John Wates OBE first approached me at a drinks party a while back and said “did you know I was at the Martin Luther King rally in Washington in 1963?” I was so impressed. I had literally never met anyone from England who had actually attended. He […]

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Frederick Douglass’ Narrative…Book Review

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave is a must read for those who wish to begin to understand or contemplate the life of a slave in the 18th Century Americas. Born  around 1817/1818 Frederick Douglass was himself enslaved for twenty years. Whilst conditions varied somewhat throughout the southern states of America,  […]

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The Global Dispersion of the African People

By Joy Sigaud   Anyone who has had their DNA tested will have noticed groups of people carrying the same DNA in far fetched regions. How did this come to be one would ask oneself? A Tongan ancestor? It may well be the case as our ancestry is so diverse that nothing is impossible nor […]

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Artist Faith Ringgold Brings An American Story to London

The editor of Editions Lifestyle magazine chatted with the outstanding Faith Ringgold at the launch of her exhibition at The Serpentine Gallery in June. As the exhibition comes to a close Editions Lifestyle remembers her legacy. Her works are haunting. One has to stop and deliberate over the detail of every piece to understand the […]

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UK-African Investment Summit in London

Prime Minister Boris Johnson today hosted, for the first time ever, the largest gathering of African Heads of State and key business figures for a summit to promote African-UK collaboration. The UK has long partnered with various African countries, primarily English speaking, but today saw the diversity of the continent come together with countries participating […]

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