The Nomads Tent, Edinburgh: Expressions of Africa – Exhibition and Talks

Nomads Tent Mask I
Nomads Tent Mask I

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[1 Aug – 1 Sept]

Edinburgh’s The Nomads Tent is presenting a selling exhibition this summer: Expressions of Africa features a varied selection of face, helmet and body masks, traditionally used for protection, disguise, ceremony, performance or entertainment, along with textiles used as a self-defining form of expression. Africans have used cloth not only for personal adornment but also as a powerful medium of communication for many centuries. You will see traditional handwoven textiles such as Malian mud cloth, hand-dyed indigo from Guinea and Kuba cloth from Congo.

There’s also an opportunity to discover more about African textiles at their Tent Talks with leading experts, and to enjoy a night of African Music:

Big is Beautiful – an illustrated talk by Maggie Relph, Wednesday 14th August, 2pm.

Textiles of Africa – an illustrated talk by John Gillow, Wednesday 21st August, 2pm.

Omar Afif & Gnawa Trance Fusion – Saturday 24th August, 7.30-8.45pm – a very special evening of Moroccan Gnawa music with West African, jazz and blues/funk influences. Tickets £10 or £8 concessions Buy online at or pay on the door.

21-23 St Leonard’s Lane
Edinburgh EH8 9SH

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