The Africa Channel recommends Africa Utopia, Southbank Centre’s month-long festival of music, theatre, film, literature, dance, fashion, talks and debates programmed in collaboration with renowned Senegalese singer and human-rights campaigner Baaba Maal.
‘Africa is all too often written off as an intractable ‘problem’ for the world to solve, I hope this festival will reveal just some of what Africa has to offer the rest of the world: The energy of our youth and their desire to engage with the world; The transformative potential of culture and, perhaps most potently, the power of community to bind people together.’ (Baaba Maal)
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Throughout the festival there are performances from iconic artists who share Baaba Maal’s belief in the power of music and art for social change. Festival highlights include Rwanda Catalyst – a celebration of the transformative power of hip-hop on Rwandan street children through film and dance, award-winning South African choreographer Gregory Maqoma channelling his Xhosa heritage in an explosive night of music and dance, plus the very best African literature from Somalia, Nigeria, Angola, Ethiopia and beyond. There’s also a wealth of music including headline concerts from Angelique Kidjo, Oumou Sangaré & Béla Fleck and Taj Mahal, culminating in an all-star festival finale with Baaba Maal and Friends.
Don’t miss the whole host free events, workshops and debates including an African Fashion show, a Head-wrapping workshop, Afrikan Yoga and debates over adoption, Nollywood, the technology revolution and Eco-Africa.
To see full Africa Utopia listings, click here