2019 Olaju African Market Creative Arts Festival

2019 Olaju African Market Creative Arts Festival

January 12, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Brick at Blue Star
108 Blue Star
San Antonio
TX 78204
2019 Olaju African Market Creative Arts Festival @ Brick at Blue Star

Event Overview:
In partnership with the 2019 DreamWeek Summit, the Òlàjú African Market Creative Arts Festival is dedicated to showcasing multi-disciplinary arts coming from the African continent and beyond.

During this one-day experience, attendees will be introduced to a mix of contemporary art, food, music, & fashion which highlight our diverse cultures in a fully-curated setting. The ‘African Market’ is a pop-up installation where viewers can shop, eat, and engage with various art forms. The purpose of this event is to showcase creative talents that provide a space for dialogue on culturally relevant topics.

Program Schedule:
12pm – Doors Open
2-2:30pm – Curator’s Talk featuring Ileana Yordan
3:30pm – Fashion Presentation
4:30-5pm – Creative Director’s Talk featuring Paakow Essandoh
5:30pm – Live Performances & Closing Remarks

Program Details:
A curated line-up of African brands has been selected to sell and promote exclusive products for women, men, and kids. Our fashion brand partner is MIZIZI, dubbed “the official streetwear of the diaspora”. Looks from MIZIZI, Òlàjú, plus featured vendors will be showcased during a fashion presentation.

Our featured exhibition is titled, “Process and Patterns: A Short-Study on Batik”. The collection is comprised of old and new batik works by Tunde Odunlade created in his home studio in Ibadan, Nigeria. Process and Patterns is focused on highlighting the significance of textile production across contemporary Nigerian art and fashion. In addition, select works will be featured and made available for sale from the Òlàjú private collection of fine art photography.

The Òlàjú Creative Talk Series features a fireside chat aimed at exploring issues regarding the African creative industry with leading arts & culture professionals. These conversations are designed to draw out meaningful insights regarding current topics. The AMCAF Talk Series will feature curator, Ileana Yordan and founder of MIZIZI, Paakow Essandoh in conversation with Obafemi Ogunleye.

Crystal Martinez

A lover of vintage, Crystal is known for her unparalleled curation, styling, and buying power of 20's, 30's, 40's and other vintage decades. A current resident of San Antonio, Texas, Crystal enjoys offering her skills to private clientele and has been a freelance fashion contributor for Style Lush TV for several years. She  believes fashion serves the soul and can take you on a journey. Whether it's a creative feeling from the past or an example of self expression in the present, fashion is transcendent.