The annual season of African music and culture in Germany is drawing slowly to a close. Here are 10 Festivals you don’t want to miss before summer ends:
Afrika Karibik Festival Aschaffenburg
16 – 18 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 Cologne
16 – 18 August/ Cologne, Schockoladenmuseum
Expected bright sunshine will attract many visitors to the MitAfrika Festival, now in its 15th year, holding at the Chocolate Museum in Cologne. Live concerts with many internationally outstanding artists, including Aicha Kuyateh (Guinea), Bantou Mentale (France, Congo), Magou Samb (Senegal), Marema (Senegal), Niki Tall (Germany, Greece, Nigeria) and Sahad & The Nataal Patchwork (Senegal). And the musicians of the West African percussion group “MAMA AFRIKA” (Ivory Coast, Guinea, Congo) will also be presenting their “Festival of the Senses” again, letting the spectators enjoy the suggestive sound of their drums and virtuoso dance.
Once again, festival visitors are invited to drumming and dance workshops of Mama Afrika.
Alafia – Afrika Festival Hamburg
23 – 25 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.
African Festival Potsdam
24 August/ Potsdam, Platz vor Brandenburger Tor
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Street Parade, Workshops, Tombola, Fashion Show and Reggae, Pop, Soul live shows and Children’s programme and more..
Nollywood Film Festival
30 – 31 August /Frankfurt, two venues
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
31 Aug – 1 Sept / Berlin, Malzfabrik | Bessemerstraße 2-14
FOOD | MUSIC | ART |SCREENING | WORKSHOPS & TALKS | READINGS
Afrika Tag Berlin
7 September/ Berlin, Spandau Rathaus
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
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
Dance workshop, live concert, discussions etc.