This year’s biggest African festival in Germany’s biggest city and multicultural metropolis has kicked off.
Taking place from 3 – 14 July, Kenako Afrika Festival was opened with an elaborate ceremony and a big concert by Abdou Day from Madagascar on Wednesday.
The 12-day event, featuring live music concerts, bazaar, children’s workshop, culinary, fashion shows and more, holds at the Alexanderplatz, right in the centre of Berlin.
Kenako Afrika Festival 2019 parades established and up-and-coming artists, including Wiyaala, the creative artist from Ghana who combines traditional African rhythms with modern pop music. The festival also features Cameroon’s gospel singer Kouemo, Makadem from Kenya, Lanaya from Burkina Faso, Rwanda’s Eric Onekey & Paul Adrien, Kelele the Senegalese Kelele, and the Germany-based pan-African Afrochanson and Theo Junior, among many other artists.
An Intercultural Market, which opens daily from 10 am to 10 pm, affords visitors the chance to buy artefacts, gift items, sample African food and simply enjoy the bazaar atmosphere.
While the annual event celebrates Africa’s colourful, multi-facetted and rich cultures, Kenako Afrika Festival, under the motto ‘Africa in Global Context’, also takes a serious look at the continent’s place in the world. The festival therefore features podium discussions on issues of African development and its relations to the rest of the world.
For more information on the programme of Kenako Afrika Festival 2019, which holds until 14 July, visit: www.kenako-festival.de