The Anglo-Ethiopian Society
Festival - ANOCA African Village
From Friday 27th July 2012 to Wednesday 8th August 2012
An Africa Village has been set up on the East Albert Lawn in Kensington Gardens, opposite the Royal Albert Hall, and is showcasing Africa during the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The Village is made up of two areas with complementary objectives:
AFRICA CLUB is the official, private reception area for ANOCA and African NOCs (National Olympic Committees) to welcome African sports leaders, the athletes, and their sponsors. It will include a TV and radio studio.
AFRICA LAND offers a village of stands presenting the cultural and artistic diversity of the African continent through an exhibition area and restaurant. It features giant television screens showing the Olympics and a stage for cultural shows.
Every day, African medallists of the day and podium stars will come to Africa Village to celebrate their victories and meet their fans from around the world. For the very first time in history, African athletes will benefit from a single, dedicated site to fully celebrate the Olympic spirit and share their love of sport with the thousands of expected visitors.
The Ethiopia Stand at the Village has a small exhibition of photographs showing the attractions of Ethiopia and serves free cups of Ethiopian Coffee.
Each day a different African country is highlighted and on Saturday 11 August Ethiopia's rich and diverse culture and history will be celebrated between 2pm and 6pm. Everyone is invited to join in celebrating this day with renowned Ethiopian athletes and a display of dance, music and film, and a coffee ceremony.
Africa Village was initiated by the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) and in particular by its President, General Palenfo. More details can be found on the ANOCA website.
Photographs of the Africa Village can be found on the BBC website.