Art’Press Yourself is an association that aims at promotiong afro urban culture’s values and diversity through:
– Event Planning around uniting themes and playful educational activities for a multicultural audience (adults/children)
– Helping in the development of afro urban artists & organizations by using our connections : we help our artists to network with experts and professionals.
– The training of young passionate people who integrate our team to try themselves at communication and event planning professions.
Afro urban culture allows each and everyone to shine whether it’s through their words, their actions, and/or their lifestyle.
Art’Press Yourself (APY) wants to awaken the joy that drives us to create things. As the name of the association indicates, our goal is to encourage one another to express, to not be afraid of our own originality and instead let ourselves grow in our own ways of living, doing and being.
THE APY FESTIVAL
The Art’Press Yourself festival – The international Afro Urban creation festival– happens each year in november since 2015. First in Paris 《Pan Piper》, then in the 1000 sm of exhibition space of the 《Magasins Généraux》 in Pantin.
The festival brings together an audience eager to share the new trends in afro urban creation, from the fashion to visual arts, dance, and music. During the two days, enthusiasm is at its highest : shows, catwalks, documentaries, conferences, paintings, photography, workshops, and of course our APY Exhibit and vendor sale.
APY is a great sharing moment between the afro urban trendsetters (creators from France, and also throughout Europe, South Africa, USA, and the curious crowd of the area. Whether a connoiseur or just feeling the atmosphere everyone is welcomed at the Art’Press Yourself Festival.
In order to give each edition its own colour, an enlightening and uniting theme is selected every year : 《Old School Vibes》, 《Johris》(an imaginary city at the crossroad of two afro urban creative towns, Paris and Johannesburg), 《Afro Futurism》, and the latest and current theme, Fela Kuti’s inspiring journey, 《Felafrica》.
The APY events
Each summer, along the banks of the Seine, the APY association takes over Paris’ Eastern area to set up APY SUMMER, the meeting point for afro urban vibes lovers.
Welcomed by « La Javelle, Guinguette Effervescente », APY Summer offers original outdoor activities to help everyone reconnect with african culture via the afro urban platform of APY: body painting, a cornrow hair bar, a photo studio, dance classes, African buns
And once it becomes nighttime, at sunset, APY Summer invites you on the dancefloor ! We’ll play the latest afrobeat sounds so that you can show us the moves you learned earlier during the day !
APY CREATIVE TALKS
Taking place until the end of 2018 at the Villette Makerz, APY Creative Talks (ACT) allows wmerging artists to meet famous professionals. The exchanges flourish at each APY Creative Talk regurlarly leads to the creation of new collaborations and is meant to be nourishing to all who attend.
THE APY COLLABORATIONS
We associate ourselves with famous cultural spaces, local community organizations, and collectives to create unique events where the spirit of Art’Press Yourself can affect everyone in a special way.