Thursday, 26 September 2013 marked the launch of the New Africa Center. The building, formerly known as the Museum for African Art, is still under construction and will open in 2014 as a flexible pop-up concept integrating a museum, policy institute and members’ club for business executives, cultural leaders and policy makers interested in Africa.
The launch was graced by celebrities such as Harry Belafonte and Bono. Bono said this century is “the African century.” “There’s sort of a static electricity around Africa and the moment is kind of exciting,” he said. “I think, in a way, New York would be less relevant without a piece of that. It’s great for the continent, but it’s even greater for New York.”