“Africa Utopia” at Southbank Centre

The annual festival that encompasses all types of African arts and culture starts in a few days

July 11th, 2017
Ioana Bolboacă, CD News
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From July 15th until July 16th Southbank Centre in London will expose and analyze the arts and culture “of one of the world’s most dynamic and fast-changing continents”. The celebration welcomes everybody ready to widen their cultural horizons and have fun at the same time.


The festival will inspire the visitors through different talks, workshops, music, performances, fashion and food, by connecting them with the African identity that is in continuous construction and transformation. It is the perfect event to widen ones international and cultural understanding, while having a great time, the festival being supported by the Senegalese singer and human rights advocate Baaba Maal.  

When it comes to music, the atmosphere will be mainly animated by Chineke!, the Europe’s first Black and Minority Ethnic orchestra, as well as by Bloco & Beatlife Perform, Selina Thompson’s performance or Jumoké Fashola, and various African Dance workshops that will make everybody feel the Afro beats. Furthermore, music will be combined with art and fashion, all resulting into the innovating African Fashion Week London, which includes the well-known People’s Catwalk.

All the talks are expected to raise awareness and to engage everybody in depicting topics such as African nations in the new global landscape, Africa in thinking about activism, arts and fashion, Black stories on the big screen, how is technology reshaping culture and society in Africa, the literary style of East Africa, women as political and economic leaders, Africa man in the diaspora and many others.

From food to music, talks, fashion, the African continent is brought in all its forms to Southbank Centre through a multitude of activities, so that the Londoners – and not only – get into contact and take part in the construction of the nowadays perception of Africa.


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