African Festival Guide for UK & Europe 2020

As it appears to the outside world that the UK is turning its back on Europe, there’s never been a more important time to show support for African communities living here and in Europe.

So why not this year, go and enjoy an African festival in the UK, or, if you are travelling or holidaying in Europe, plan it around a brilliant weekend of good vibes, great food and fantastic music. It’s a perfect way of immersing yourself into the local culture and giving back to the community.

During the summer months, up and down the UK and across Europe, there are many family-friendly and well-organised festivals celebrating Africa’s music and culture – many of them with free admission or with affordable entrance fees that help support charities.

So here is an African festival guide for the UK and Europe and I will leave you with a quote –
“To live is to be musical, starting with the blood dancing in your veins. Everything living has a rhythm. Do you feel your music?” ― Michael Jackson

African Festival Guide for the UK 2020

Afropop Fest 2020

When: Saturday 8 May 2020
Where: Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton, London

Afropo Fest is a performing art (mainly music) festival that is coming to Brixton, London on the 8th of May 2020. The festival which is founded by Showers Jalloh (The Afropop King), will be raising funds to plant trees in Kamakwie, Sierra Leone. There will be a variety of acts to thrill you with epic sounds from Africa as well as Europe

Africa Oyé Festival

When: 20 & 21 June 2020
Where: Sefton Park, Liverpool

Africa Oyé is the largest festival for African music and culture in the UK. Featuring a fantastic range of artists from all over the continent, the whole weekend is full of feel-good vibes and a showcase of what makes Africa one of the most diverse and vibrant continents in the world.

AfroFest Bristol Summer Festival + Fashion Exhibition 2020

When: Saturday, 13 June 2020
Where: Trinity Centre, Bristol

Following a successful debut last year, the AfroFest is set to return to Bristol.
Showcasing African culture through music, art, dance and a fashion exhibition.

Nostalgie ya Mboka Festival - African Music and Art Festival

When: 4 July 2020
Where: Play Football Indoor, 20 Great King St, Birmingham.

Nostalgie Ya Mboka is a free celebration of African music and culture. A full line of artists plus drumming workshops and a fashion show.

Africa Music Festival 2020 (AMF 2020)

When: Saturday, 18 July 2020
Where: St. George’s Square, Luton.

A day of celebrating Africa through music, art, and culture.
This free event is the initiative of the UNIKA CHARITY, that helps the elderly and communities in the UK and developing countries such as Malawi and Zimbabwe in Africa.

African Music festival Luton 2020

African Summer-Fest

When: 25 & 26 July 2020
Where: The 2Funky Lounge, 23 New Park Street, Leicester

Leicester comes to life with indoor & outdoor performances. This is a day of music, fun, food with local and international artist and djs.

African Summer-Fest

When: 25 July & 26 July 2020
Where: Deptford Park, London


Now in its 7th year, this unique multi-cultural festival celebrates the vibrant African cultural diversity and the strong links between Africa and the United Kingdom. 

Ubuntu Pride Festival

When: 1st & 2nd August 2020
Where: Coventry

The UK’s first annual African cultural festival is set to be held in the West Midlands this summer.
Celebrating all things Africa, Ubuntu Pride will showcase African culture through traditional music, arts, dance and food.
It is expected to take place outdoors in Coventry on August the 1st and 2nd, with final confirmation due to be held in the coming months.

African Summer-Fest

When: Saturday 29th August 2020
Where: Cambridge

A celebration of Music Of African Origin- Afropop-Afrobeat-Grimme-You Name It

The London African Music Festival

When: September to October 2020
Where: Various venues across London

Now in its 18th year, the London African Music Festival, features live music across the capital, featuring artists from all over the continent playing jazz, blues, Soukous, reggae, afrobeat and much more.

As with all events – please check with the organiser before travelling that the event is going ahead.  

African Festival Guide for Europe 2020

African Beats Festival, Warszawa, Poland

When: 24 April 2020
Where: Warsaw, Poland

A feast of Desert Blues with ‘The Hendrix of the Sahara’ Bombino and Tuareg rockers Tinariwen. Not a festival as such, as it’s inside Klub Progresja, an intimate music venue -none the less, a rare opportunity to see a double headliner of such African talent.

The Afronauts are a Polish band who mix afrobeat, funk and jazz.

Ayoub Houmanna from Morocco plays a blend of African blues and Gnawa.


african festival europe guide

International Africa Festival Stage Photo: © Günther Klebinger

When: 29 May – 1 Jun 2020
Where: Würzburg, Germany

The International Africa Festival is the largest and oldest festival for African music and culture in Europe. The Würzburg festival always boasts top acts and this year is no exception as Angelique Kidjo, Habib Koite & Bamada, Lira and Patrice headline the main tent for the 32nd edition of the festival.

International Africa Festival Stage Photo: © Günther Klebinger

When: 27 May – 1 Jun 2020
Where: Winterthur, Switzerland

The largest African event in Switzerland, this year, is the festivals 30th anniversary and features nearly 150 artists and showcases, with a street parade and a  selection of African beauty, fashion, music, dance and more – the market area of ​​the festival becomes a place where you can experience Africa’s joie de vivre more concentrated than ever before.

african festival in europe 2020

Africa Village Festival, Frankfurt, Germany

When: 12–14 Jun 2020
Where: Frankfurt, Germany

The African Village Festival hosts afro sports, and live music from national and international artists of many genres – Afrobeat, Pop & RnB, Reggae, Salsa and Traditional Acts are there every year. In addition to the music, there is a Village Bazar and the African Village Fashion Show.

Africa Festival,Stuttgart, Germany

When: 10-12 July 2020
Where: Stuttgart, Germany

Set in a picturesque public square, this 3-day festival has a full programme of live music, workshops, kids activities and shopping.

Afro Nation Portugal

When: 17th to 19th July 2020
Where: The Algarve, Portimao,Portugal
The 2020 edition of Afro Nation Portugal will bring together the best artists in afrobeats, hip hop, r&b, dancehall & bashment. Expect world-class programming of live performances and DJ sets over three days

African music festivals in Europe

Africa Days, Wien, Austria

When: 17th July to 3rd August 2020
Where: Vienna, Austria.
Details: Set on an island on the River Danube in Vienna, this festival runs for 18 days. The festival has a lot to offer, a main African act every night, and this year features Youssou N’Dour and UK reggae legends Steel Pulse. Many workshops, a large bizarre, food area and a kids activity area, there’s even camels if you are missing the desert.

african festivals in europe

Africa Orient Culture Festival, Bonn, Germany

When: 24th to 26th July 2020
Where: Bonn, Germany
Under the motto “Intercultural encounter opens worlds!” the festival has a relaxing atmosphere with music and art, the large cultural tent has exhibitions, author readings, lectures and of course music.

Mama Africa Meeting, Chianciano Terme, Italy

When: 29th July – 2nd August 2020
Where: Parco Fucoli, Chianciano Terme, Italy

MAM takes place in the splendid scenery of the thermal park of Fucoli, over 60 artists will meet to lead 35 workshops between percussion, melodic instruments, singing and dance.

African Music Festival, Emmendingen, Germany

When: 30th July – 2nd August 2020
Where: Emmendingen, Germany

2020 is the 20th anniversary of the festival, expect live music, workshops, bizarre, a parade through the town and a church service.

MitAfrika Festival, Cologne, Germany

When: 7th to 9th August 2020
Where: Cologne, Germany

Now in its 16th year, featuring world music, dance, theatre, world market, workshops, culinary delights from around the African continent and a colourful children’s program.

African & Caribbean Cultural Festival

When: 8th to 9th August 2020
Where: Frankfurt, Germany

The festival this year will be it’s 25th anniversary, focusing on Afro-Caribbean culture and of course music.

Africa Days, Dusseldorf, Germany

When: 14th to 16th August 2020
Where: Dusseldorf, Germany

This is a free open-air festival over 3 days featuring afro salsa, reggae and African music.

Alafia 2020

When: 28th to 30th August 2020
Where: Hamburg, Germany

One of the biggest African festivals in Germany, featuring music, workshops and talks. There is also a large African market held in the street near the festival.

Afrikan music festival europe 2020

The Hague Africa Festival

When: To be announced
Where: Zuiderparktheater Den Haag, Netherlands
Details: To be announced

Baarakan2020 Festival

When: 16th to 18th October 2020
Where: Moscow, Russia

One of the best African music and dance events in Russia with the participation of invited teachers from Europe, Africa and Russia. This year’s event is dedicated to the evolution of African music and dance from traditional style to ballet and modernity.

Have we missed an African music festival happening in 2020?
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