African festivals not to miss before summer ends!

The annual season of African music and culture in Germany is slowly, slowly.. drawing to a close. Here are Festivals you don’t want to miss before the season ends:

Afrika Tag Berlin

7 September/ Berlin, Spandau Rathaus

The City Hall of Spandau, a district of Berlin, will host an African festival for the first time /Photo: Femi Awoniyi


Africa is guest in the City Hall of Spandau and it presents cultural messages from the sunny continent. With the project “Together for Diversity”, the event will provide information to children and youth about African countries and their cultures.



Afrika Filmtage Wuppertal

19-29 September /Wuppertal, REX-Filmtheater

This year’s focus is on “Political causes of flight”. A total of 10 films from Mali, Ghana, South Africa, Sudan, Tunisia, Libya, Burkina Faso and Somalia will be shown and it is expected that seven directors and filmmakers will be able to present their films at the festival.


Afrika Film Festival Köln

19 – 29 September /Cologne 

A still from ‘Fig Tree’, writer-director Aalam-Warqe Davidian’s tragic love story set during the Ethiopian Civil War, is one of the films to be screened at the 17th Africa Film Festival Cologne, holding from 19 – 29 September 2019 / Photo: FilmInitiativ Köln


In its 15th 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.

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.


Woka Kuma Festival Berlin
Culture and music and art from Burkina Faso!

26 – 29 September/Berlin, different venues

Woka-Kuma Festival 2018 / Photo: Woka-Kuma Festival


Dance workshop, live concert, discussions etc.


Stimmen Afrikas Festival (Voices of Africa in Germany) 

6-9 November/Cologne, Allerweltshaus

Books on exhibition at the First Nigerian Cultural Day in Berlin recently / Photo: Femi Awoniyi


Readings, lectures, audience discussions, workshops and music performances. Among the over 40 authors and translators expected are Mukoma wa Ngugi, Zukiswa Wanner, Boubakar Boris Diop, Susan Kiguli, and Paul Bandia


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