With rhythmic music, dances, arts & crafts and delicacies from different countries, the Alafia African Festival brings together the cultures of the continent in Hamburg / Photo: Alafia e.V.

7 African festivals to see in Germany before the summer ends

The annual summer season of African music and culture in Germany, which has been in full swing since April, is slowly nearing its close. However, there are still some outstanding festivals still to take place. Here are 7 Top Festivals, holding from now until the end of summer, promising an unforgettable experience:

Afrika Karibik Festival Aschaffenburg 
10 – 13 August / Aschaffenburg, Festplatz

About 60,000 fans are expected at the hip-hop and R & B festival. Top acts include Gentleman, Ky-Mani Marley and Rea Garvey. In addition Miwata, Georg On Songs, Bonez MC & RAF Camora, Samy Deluxe, Ohrbooten, Nosliw and many more


MitAfrika Festival
11 – 13 August / Cologne, Schockoladenmuseum

Expected bright sunshine will attract many visitors to the “MitAfrika” festival at the Chocolate Museum. Culinary and arts and crafts as well as many colourful colours and children’s attractions. Many participants may also take the opportunity to participate in the drum and dance workshops of Mama Afrika.


Afrikatage Duesseldorf 

18-20 August/ Duesseldorf, Freizeitpark 

BIBIBA Band Live at DĂĽsseldorf Afrika Tage Festival 2016

In the past the festival was able to deepen the impressions of the visitors about Africa through a wide range of programs. In addition to the music and cultural performances on the stage, the audience is also offered the opportunity to learn about political, social and environmental issues as they affect the continent, through stands, workshops, lectures and discussion forums.


Afro Karibik Festival Frankfurt 
19-20 August/ Frankfurt/Main, Rebstockpark 
Under Bob Marley’s motto of “Let’s get together and feel alright!” the oldest African-Caribbean Festival in Hesse is taking place this year for the 22nd time at the Rebstockpark in Frankfurt. Live music, a bazaar, lively kid’s program and disco sessions with Super DJs are some of the offerings of the festival.


Alafia-Afrika Festival Hamburg 

25 – 27 August / Hamburg, Große Bergstrasse

Alafia stands for peace, tolerance and openness. With rhythmic music, individual craftsmanship and delicacies from different countries, the festival brings together the cultures of the Black continent in Hamburg.


Nollywood Film Festival

8 - 10 September/Frankfurt 

The Nigerian home-grown film industry, known globally as Nollywood, has a date with its fans in Germany in September. The festival will be crowned with the Nollywood E-Golden Awards at which selected industry practitioners who “have played important roles in making Nollywood what it has become today” will be honoured.  A-list stand-up comedians, cultural dancers and Nigerian hip-hop performances will also feature at the awards event. 


Afrika Film Festival Köln

21 September – 1 October/Cologne 
In its 25th year and the biggest of its kind in Germany, the festival will present 80 films from 25 African countries and play hosts to 30 international filmmakers this year. In addition to the screenings, podium discussions, featuring directors, will debate the current standing of the African filmmaking world.

Félicité, a story about a nightclub singer in Kinshasa who has to desperately find funds to pay for her son’s treatment after a road accident, won the top prize at Africa’s top film festival Fespaco in April about two weeks after the film won the Silver Bear jury prize at the Berlinale. The film will be presented in Cologne by its director

FilmInitiativ Köln e.V. has organised the festival themed Jenseits von Europa – Filme aus Afrika (Out of Europe – Films from Africa) since 1992. More than 500 films from 40 African countries have been shown in Cologne at the biennial festival and the film specials held during the years in between.

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