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
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
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
Africa Music Festival 2020 (AMF 2020)
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.
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.
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
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.
When: Saturday 29th August 2020
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.
International Africa Festival Stage Photo: © Günther Klebinger
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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