Festival visitors having fun at theAfrikanisches & Karibisches Kulturfest in Frankfurt am Main Afrikanisches & Karibisches Kulturfest in Frankfurt am Main last year / Photo © Afrikanischer & Karibischer Kulturverein e.V.

9 African Festivals to end the Summer in Germany

The annual summer season of African music and culture in Germany has been in full swing since April. Here are 9 Top Festivals, holding from now until the end of summer, promising an unforgettable experience:

1st Gnaoua Festival Berlin

16 – 18 August / Berlin, Werkstatt der Kulturen
Concerts | Exhibitions | Talk | Workshop | Master Class | Parade |

The 1st Gnaoua Festival Berlin celebrates the legendary trance-like music of the Gnaoua, the descendants of West Africans who were abducted from the region around the present-day states of Mauritania, Senegal, Niger and Mali from the 11th century onwards and enslaved in the Maghreb. In the North African Diaspora, they used various sacral music of West Africa as a practice of resistance and creolated it with Sufi traditions and musical styles of the Arabs, Jews and Berbers.

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the cultural institution Werkstatt der Kulturen brings the music of the Gnaoua to life in Berlin. On the festival program: Great Masters of Morocco, new diasporic voices of the Gnaoua and collaborations with the World Jazz scene of the capital.

Admission free!



Afrika Karibik Festival Aschaffenburg 
16 – 19 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
17 – 19 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 

10-12 August/ Duesseldorf, Freizeitpark 

BIBIBA Band Live at DĂŒsseldorf 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.


Children also had their fun at last year’s festival. The festival features always a programme for children / Photo: © Afrikanischer & Karibischer Kulturverein e.V.

Afro Karibik Festival Frankfurt 
11-12 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 2drd 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 

24 – 26 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

31 August - 1 September/Frankfurt am Main

Comedian Klint da Drunk is one of the artists billed to perform in Frankfurt / Photo: Facebook

The Nigerian home-grown film industry, known globally as Nollywood, has a date with its fans in Germany. 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. 


AKWAABA 2018 – Africa in Cologne

1 September / Cologne, Kulturquartier am Neumarkt

“Sustainability for Cologne is our topic. Do it yourself under fair conditions, natural living, recycling, healthy eating, urban gardening… and many more. Great mind changing experience.. see you there.”


Afrika Film Festival Köln

13 – 23 September / Cologne 

In its 16th year and the biggest of its kind in Germany, the festival will present 80 films (All genres: Feature / Documentary / Short / Animation / Visual Art) from 25 African countries and play hosts to 30 international filmmakers this year.
This year’s focus is on intra-African migration and the festival presents 25 films which address the subject, chosen by FilmInitiativ, organizers of the festival, for good reasons.
In addition to the screenings, podium discussions, featuring directors, will debate the current standing of the African filmmaking world.

REVENIR, a film by David Fedele and Kumut Imesh details a solo journey across the West African migratory route through the Mediterranean to Europe. For years, the stories of West African migrants and refugees have been told through the lenses of foreign journalists. Now there is a story from the inside / Photo: FilmInitiativ

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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