The annual season of African music and culture in Germany is in full swing. Here are the Top Festivals you don’t want to miss before summer ends:
9 June – 8 July / Heidelberg & Mannheim
Month-long varied programme featuring lectures, concerts, workshops, etc.
3 – 14 July / Berlin, Alexanderplatz
The flair of the African cultures comes to Berlin! Visitors can buy handmade art, clothing, cosmetics and food at the bazaar. The stage offers a cultural program of music, dance and theatre. In addition, What does Africa engagement look like in Germany? On the weekend of July 5th to 7th you will find answers to these and many more questions at the KENAKO Festival. Because on these days numerous organizations, associations and initiatives from all over Germany present their projects around Africa and the African Diaspora.
12 –14 July / Landshut, Alte Kaserne
It will all be about African music, dance and fashion in and around the Old Barracks of Landshut for three days. The creative, colourful and varied Africa will be on display with 50 market stands, displaying musical instruments, fabrics, jewellery, shoes, masks, but also CDs, pictures and much more. Culinary specialties from West and North Africa ensure unusual culinary delights. International, antiracist and African projects are presented as well. Since 2002, the festival has contributed to putting Africa on the cultural calendar in Landshut and has gained an excellent reputation beyond the Bavarian town. The 15,000 to 30,000 festival visitors each year are a proof of its attraction.
Sommerfestival der Kulturen Stuttgart
16 – 21 July / Stuttgart, Marktplatz
This year offers the festival its visitors in addition to the top-class live acts but again a framework program with a wide range for all Stuttgart and guests. Festival of diversity offers beside musical melting pot, a colourful program!
20 – 22 July / Bayreuth, Maximilianstraße
The colourful festival offers a varied program of Africa and the Caribbean every year with concerts, films, workshops and an interesting program especially for the little ones. In addition to a rich concert program on two musical stages, there is a colourful bazaar with culinary specialties from various African and Caribbean regions, as well as sales stands that offer clothing, jewellery and pottery.
International African Festival Tubingen
29 July – 4 August / Tubingen
Together we want to celebrate the African continent again with all its variety of culture, music, culinary specialties, fashion but also with its high potential for education, business, research and forward-looking partnerships.
2 – 4 August/ Duesseldorf, Freizeitpark
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.
African Music Festival Emmendingen
2 – 4 August / Emmendingen, Schlossplatz
The rhythmic pulse of Africa has been beating in the middle of a city on the edge of the Black Forest since 2001. On the first weekend of August, Emmendingen will once again be the focus of African culture and, above all, the music of the continent.
In addition to the various workshops and an extensive supporting program, the world bazaar and the street parade should not be missed this year. The African Music Festival Emmendingen, with its line-up of talented artistes and supporting activities, promises its fans an unforgettable experience.
Yes Afrika-Festival Hamm
10 August / Hamm, Hoppegarten
Live Music, Reggae, Hip Hop, Dacehall, RnB, Drum Workshop etc.
Afrikanisches und Karibisches Kulturfest Frankfurt
10 – 11 August / Frankfurt, Rebstockpark
Live music, discussions in the forum tent, children’s program, performances by numerous artists, as well as the popular bazaar with African food and handicrafts
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
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
Street Parade, Workshops, Tombola, Fashion Show and Reggae, Pop, Soul live shows and Children’s programme and more..
Nollywood Film Festival
30 August - 1 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.
16 – 18 September / 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.
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.