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Africa Utopia

13 – 15 Sep 2019

How does Africa and its diaspora shape the way we think about art, culture, gender, race, sexuality, fashion, activism and society? We explored this and more with a weekend of exciting and thought-provoking events at Africa Utopia, which returned in autumn 2019 in a new collaboration with Indaba X.

For the festival's seventh year, we welcomed Akala, Ozwald Boateng, Chineke! Orchestra, Noel Clarke, Nathalie Emmanuel, Bethann Hardison, Femi Kuti, Denise Lewis and many more to our stages.

Akala, Femi Kuti, Denise Lewis and more help us celebrate everything Africa
Your best tweets and Instagram images from this year’s festival
Meet the phenomenal women who make up the social-theatrical spectacular Hot Brown Honey
Enjoy five brilliant performances from the incredible Malian music duo.
What chance do African nations have of thriving in the new global and political landscape?
How do feminists in Africa and the diaspora envision the continent’s future?
How are African nations defining their place in political landscape being shaped by Brexit and Trump
Hear from young Africans who are leading the way in everything from tech to fashion and activism
Tom Illube, tech entrepreneur on how technology is rapidly reshaping culture and society in Africa
Discover some amazing African recipes from The African Food & Drink Takeover 2017
All you need to know about Southbank Centre’s annual festival of contemporary African culture
Discover the stories and the secrets of six stallholders from The African Food & Drink Takeover 2017.
Discover the capital’s Black History with historian Tony Warner
Introducing Europe's first professional majority Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) orchestra
Africa Utopia returns with a line-up of exciting musicians, artists, performers and thinkers from across Africa and its diaspora
Meet Maame Adjei, one of the stars of the most globally successful television series from Africa An African City
Wayne Marshall conducts Chineke! inc. Elegy: In Memoriam – Stephen Lawrence and Beethoven's 7th
Edna Adan gives a keynote on why she built her country’s first maternity hospital

In 2012, Southbank Centre launched Africa Utopia, a festival dedicated to bringing art and ideas from Africa and the African diaspora to audiences in the UK. We ask what the West can learn from this rapidly changing continent.

Championed by Africa Utopia artistic collaborator, Senegalese singer and human rights advocate Baaba Maal, the festival’s first four years have featured Afrobeat legend Tony Allen, former First Lady of Somaliland and hospital founder Edna Adan, Kenyan creative collective The Nest, Township Tech originator Spoek Mathambo, 'godfather of Ethiopian jazz' Mulatu Astatke and the Kinshasa Symphony orchestra.

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