The Grate Patterns are inspired by Ghanaian geometric Kente Clothes and south African Ndebele traditional wall painting art and its leader ESTHER MAHLANGU. This local collaborative festival aims to bring together artists, performers, local organisations, cultural venues and community organisers to celebrate African Culture on the streets of Dalston, and more widely the diversity, togetherness and freedom of spirit that brings Dalston to life. 
In Patterns that Connect: Social Symbolism in Ancient & Tribal Art, a seminal book providing evidence and examples of our natural connection to art the theories approached  argue that "since these (geometric patterns) designs did not just occur in isolated cultures, but were widespread across the earth at different time periods, they are proof of a collective human instinct".


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