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Open The Gate presents

Exchange Festival

Sunday 27 November

In a nutshell

The Exchange Festival is where cultures and communities mix and merge... expect live music, free workshops, design, food.

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East-London based cultural organisation Open The Gate presents the 2nd edition of the Exchange Festival: a 1-day, free festival showcase of World music, family workshops, and the vibrant African Market, a selection of quality designers from Africa and beyond.

What to expect

This 12-hours Festival will kick off at 12pm with family workshops on stage (African Drumming, Dance class) followed by a unique line-up of musicians and bands from all around the World: Africa, South America, Europe, Asia.

Drumming workshop with Drum Song

The African Market all along from 12pm to 12am

Face-painting by Kemi Paint Up!

Massage Therapy by Mariama Ndaye

African Food

Hosted by Samurai outta Open The Gate Sound


A unique Design & Crafts Market showcasing the talents from Africa and inspired by African cultures.
Many stalls: Fashion, Arts & Crafts, Design, Jewellery, Books, Music, Culture and more!
More than an exhibition and trade space, The African Market is a place of curiosity attracting an eclectic mix of people including families, young people, students & adults, and a networking platform both for traders and interested visitors, connecting amateurs, professionals and passionates.

Plus home made African food!

What are people saying

'We had a really nice time and didn't want the day to finish' - Esther, trader

'I enjoyed the day and look forward to the next one. I'm glad we came with the children, they had a good time too' - Sharon, visitor

Why does Rich Mix matter?

'Rich Mix is a unique like-minded venue that showcases our communities and people. It does make so much sense for us to host our events here.'

Find out more

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Instagram @OpenTheGate_

Things you should know

This event is open to all ages

This event is wheelchair accessible.