Art and ideas from Africa that are changing the world Africa Utopia is back for a third year celebrating the arts and culture of one of the world’s most dynamic and fast-changing continents. The festival looks at how Africa can lead the way in thinking about culture, community, business and technology and includes topics ranging from fashion, gender and power to politics, sustainability and activism.

This year’s festival features some of Africa’s greatest artists across music, dance, literature and the arts. I feel so honoured being among such a line up in one of the largest art centres in the world, Southbank Centre in London. Highlights include: legendary drummer Tony Allen, one of the acknowledged co-founders of Afrobeat, performing with special guests including Damon Albarn; Senegalese super group Orchestra Baobab; powerfully soulful West African singer Kassé Mady Diabaté; the ground-breaking launch of Europe’s first Black classical symphony orchestra, Chineke!; an original play called Star Boy Productions charting the migrant’s story of survival; emerging African musicians including Cameroonian Blick Bassy; a club night showcasing the influence of Africa on a new generation of UK artists and DJs, including Afriquoi and African Head Charge; and a lively talks and debates programme with a keynote speech by Africa Utopia champion and collaborator Baaba Maal.

Plus, don’t miss African-inspired fashion, a buzzing marketplace and delicious African street food to enjoy. Over 50% of the festival is free.
With something for everyone across the festival, join us for events, performances and workshops which delve into the many faces of modern Africa.

You will be able to find Totem Taboo stall Saturday 12th 12-7pm at Royal Festival Hall Level 2. Saturday’s talks look at the how the arts across the continent are affecting social change.Who is shaping African design? What varies between different regions? How are the arts challenging stereotypes and existing narratives about the continent? Hear from leading African and diaspora designers, writers, performers and creators.

To check full program please click here.

See all you there.



by Cristina Morales