Event Time & Date: Saturday 15th July – Sunday 16th July – 2017
Organiser: Southbank Centre
Event website: Africa Utopia
Event cost: FREE and open to all, but the some events are ticketed. Check Africa Utopia for more.
Africa Utopia is an annual festival celebrating the arts and culture of one of the world’s most dynamic and fast-changing continents. Championed by Senegalese singer and human rights advocate Baaba Maal, this year’s vibrant programme features a range of talks, workshops, music, performances, fashion and food.
Afrobeats superstar, Fuse ODG, brings his energetic live set to Royal Festival Hall on Saturday 15 July, while Chineke!, Europe’s first predominantly Black and minority ethnic orchestra, returns to headline on Sunday 16 July. In the talks programme, BAFTA award-winning screenwriter Amma Asante discusses Black film making in Disrupting Expectations, while women’s experiences find a voice at Africa: The Future of Feminism.
Fashion, music and art combine in a catwalking collaboration with African Fashion Week London, including the ever-popular People’s Catwalk, showcasing the best of African-inspired street style. Get your fill of African food and drink at Pop Up Africa, shop boutiques and pop-ups at the Marketplace or explore London’s African and Caribbean history on one of the Black History Walks.
About Africa Utopia
In 2012, Southbank Centre launched Africa Utopia, a festival dedicated to bringing art and ideas from Africa and the African diaspora to audiences in the UK. We ask what the West can learn from this rapidly changing continent.
Championed by Africa Utopia artistic collaborator, Senegalese singer and human rights advocate Baaba Maal, the festival’s first four years have featured Afrobeat legend Tony Allen , former First Lady of Somaliland and hospital founder Edna Adan, Kenyan creative collective The Nest, Township Tech originator Spoek Mathambo, ‘godfather of Ethiopian jazz’ Mulatu Astatke and the Kinshasa Symphony orchestra.