At the Mercedes Benz Arena, Berlin 17 August. The annual season of African festivals is drawing to a close / Photo: Femi Awoniyi

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:

Nollywood Travel Film Festival Berlin

29 – 31 August /Berlin, The Word & Moviento Cinemas

Tunde Kelani directing on the set of Ma’ami (2011). The cinematographer is one of the most talented directors in Nollywood / Photo: © Bic Leu


 – Screening of short and feature films and discussions –

Showcasing films made by Nigerians to new and existing global audiences with the aim of creating new market places for the Nigerian cinema!

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Nollywood Film Festival

30 – 31 August /Frankfurt, two venues

2Baba’s appearance in Frankfurt is part of the Afrobeat legend’s European tour, celebrating his twenty years in show business / Photo: 2Baba/Facebook


The Nigerian home-grown film industry, known globally as Nollywood, has a date with its fans in Germany in Frankfurt. 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. Super star 2Baba is the headliner of the 2019 Festival and is expected to pull many fans of Afrobeat music to Frankfurt.

Film screening will take place on 30 August from 5.30pm at the Filmforum Hochst VHS Cinema , Emmerich-Joselstr 46A 65933 Frankfurt am Main

Awards/gala night/after show party takes place on 31 August starting from 9 pm at the Saray Türkuaz Event Center. Ernst-Wissstr 20 65933 Frankfurt am Main.


African Food Festival Berlin

More than food! Artistes performing at the African Food Festival Berlin in 2018. The 2019 edition takes place on 31 August – 1 September, featuring sumptuous Afro-origin cuisine food, live music, art, film screenings, workshops & talks / Photo: © African Food Festival Berlin

31 Aug – 1 Sept / Berlin, Malzfabrik | Bessemerstraße 2-14


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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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