After a two-year lull caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the annual season of African music and culture in Germany is slowly getting back on its feet. Here are the Top Festivals you don’t want to miss before summer ends in 2022:
Africa Festival Würzburg
26 – 29 May / Würzburg
The International Africa Festival has been holding since 1989 and is the largest and oldest festival for African music and culture in Europe. More than 7.500 musicians and artists from 56 countries of Africa and the Caribbean have performed in Würzburg so far and about 2.581.000 visitors have heard, seen and tasted the cultural wealth of the African continent. This year will feature heavyweights of Afro rythyms, such as Angelique Kidjo, Habib Koite, Lira etc.
7 – 10 July / Stuttgart, Erwin-Schöttle Platz
Music, Fashion Show, Workshop, Film, Market, Culinary Pleasures etc,
On stage we show you what Africa has to offer in music, dance and fashion. The rhythm of the continent will sweep you and make you dance and celebrate!
Afro Ruhr Festival
24 – 26 June/Dortmund, Diverse venues
The festival extends over three colourful days and offers live music, a bazaar, workshops and club evenings. In addition, other cultural events are offered before and after this long Africa weekend: Readings, cinema and visual arts, showing a different picture of Africa.
30 June – 10 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? 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.
8 –10 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
12 – 17 July / Stuttgart, Marktplatz
With bands and artists like the Congolese Afro-beat pioneer Ray Lema, the Ukrainian worldbeat band Luiku, the South Korean trad-pop band ADG7 as well as the legendary Dudu Tassa and his Arab-Israeli project The Kuwaitis, a fantastic setting will be created for the long-awaited joint celebration and open encounter.
With the 19th Summer Festival of Cultures, visitors can expect great musical moments, an incomparable spectrum of culinary specialities and a diverse market of cultures.
African Music Festival Emmendingen
7 – 8 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. Hence, the festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year! 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.
Afrika-Karibik Fest in Wassertrüdingen
14 – 17 July/ Wassertrüdingen, Marktplatz
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
26 – 28 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.
Nollywood Film Festival
29 - 31 July/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. Super star 2 Baba is the headliner of the 2019 Festival who will pull many fans of Afrobeat music to Frankfurt.
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.