Africa Utopia Festival

Africa Utopia Festival

Africa Utopia Festival


Africa Utopia Festival

The London Southbank Centre hosts the Festival of the World this summer – of which Africa Utopia is a cornerstone.

Africa Utopia is a month-long festival held at London’s Southbank Centre as of the beginning of July. The illustrious Senegalese singer and activist Baaba Maal lead organisation of the proceedings which include music, film, theatre, dance, literature, fashion and talks focusing about the power of art to bring about  social change in African countries, as well as here in the UK.

Musicians, writers and delegates will provide artistic insight into the realities of contemporary African culture, with the help of book readings, poetry, music and spoken word to be the voice of the people’s heart.

Grammy awarded composer Taj Mahal, the Oumou Sangaré & Béla Fleck duo and Gregg Kofi Brown & Friends are among the musical highlights of the festival, with many more to follow, including, of course, Baaba Maal.

Among the spectacularly delivered performances of every description, participants must expect a powerful undertone of social discussion – from genre discrimination, to social conditioning, to lack of access to basic resources and the rest of the range of problems with which Africans today are confronting.

Talented young people are sought by the Southbank Centre to actively take part in Africa Utopia’s youth delegate group – a chance not to be missed by up-and-coming artists with a social conscience. Regardless of background or interest, Here and Now 365 recommends this festival to anyone with a taste for authentic culture and humanity.

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