Following 2012’s sensational first edition, Africa Utopia is back for 2014 to once again look at what can be learnt and celebrated from Africa and the African diaspora.
At the Southbank in London, there will be a look at how African art and ideas can change the world for the better: how Africa can lead the way in thinking about culture, community, technology, fashion, sustainability and ethical wealth creation.
Some of the continent’s most iconic musicians and artists appear at the festival but also take part in the debates alongside experts, entrepreneurs and activists. Join in the celebration of arts and culture one of the world’s most dynamic and fast-changing continents.
WHERE: Southbank London
WHEN: Thursday 11 – Sunday 14, September 2014
So if you are in the neighbourhood, do stop by and have a look!
Southbank Centre, Festival Terrace
London SE1 8XX
020 7921 0771
Nearest Transit Stations:
Waterloo, Embankment, Westminster
Mon-Fri 10:00 – 21:00
Sat 10:00 – 20:00
Sun 12:00 – 20:00
Africa Utopia is a month-long festival of music, theatre, film, literature, dance, fashion, talks and debates programmed by Southbank Centre in conjunction with renowned Senegalese singer and human-rights campaigner Baaba Maal, as part of Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World with MasterCard.
Throughout the festival there are performances by iconic musicians who share Baaba Maal’s belief in the power of music for social change. You can also hear from writers who provide insight into the reality of contemporary African culture. Meanwhile an invited group of young delegates – guided by ‘elders’ including Baaba Maal and Lemn Sissay – explore how art projects can be mobilized to bring about social change. Come along, join in and be part of this brand new festival!
Some of the other highlights of the celebration are
African on the Catwalk– A fashion show by Ola Shobowale and Sabrina Henry showcasing designers like Bestow Elan (Ghana/UK), Chichia London (Tanzania/UK), Eki Orleans (Nigeria/UK), Madam Wokie (Sierra Leone), Kezia Frederick (UK), and MO SAÏQUE Shoes (Ghana/UK).
More Than Zebra Print- African Fashion Panel– Talking African fashion and its current and future influence on the industry.
The Ultimate Afrobeats Utopia– DJ Edu, DJ Neptizzle and Sef Kombo playing the Naija Pop, Azonto Rythmns, Kuduro, Kizomba and the funkiest beats from around the continent.
For more information please visit: www.soutbankcentre.co.uk