Thursday 10 September to Sunday 13 September, 2015
One of our favourite events of the year, Africa Utopia is back for a third year at the Southbank Centre, celebrating the arts and culture of one of the world’s most dynamic and fast-changing continents. The festival looks at how Africa can lead the way in thinking about culture, community, business and technology and includes topics ranging from fashion, gender and power to politics, sustainability and activism.
This year’s festival features some of Africa’s greatest artists across music, dance, literature and the arts. Highlights include: legendary drummer Tony Allen, one of the acknowledged co-founders of Afrobeat, performing with special guests; Senegalese supergroup Orchestra Baobab; powerfully soulful West African singer Kassé Mady Diabaté; the ground-breaking launch of Europe’s first Black and Minority Ethnic classical symphony orchestra, Chineke!; an original play called Star Boy Productions charting the migrant’s story of survival; emerging African musicians including Cameroonian Blick Bassy; and a club night showcasing the influence of Africa on a new generation of UK artists and DJs, including Afriquoi and African Head Charge.
With something for everyone across the festival, come along for lively, thought-provoking, free events, and workshops delving into the many faces of modern Africa. There’s also African-inspired fashion, a buzzing marketplace and delicious African street food to enjoy.
Sapelle will be there, with a display of our best pieces from our current collection, beautiful gift and lifestyle products, and we’re excited to announce that we’ll have a special workshop for the youngsters, looking at some of Africa’s most beautiful heritage textiles like Mudcloth, Kente, Ankara/Chitenje/Wax Print and Maasai. Watch this space for details!
The event is very popular and does sell out, so get your tickets soon by clicking here.