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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? Explore with us over a weekend of exciting and thought-provoking events at Africa Utopia, returning in autumn 2019 in a new collaboration with Indaba X.

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

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Meet the phenomenal women who make up the social-theatrical spectacular Hot Brown Honey
7:00 pm
Fri 13 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Fri 13 Sep 2019
film screenings
tours & activities
The true story of Cornelius Walker, for whom everything changed when Damilola Taylor was killed
The true story of Cornelius Walker, for whom everything changed when Damilola Taylor was killed
Black is Beautiful with Mata
4:00 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
4:00 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
The 20-year-old make-up artist shaking up the industry shares her tips, tricks and story
The 20-year-old make-up artist shaking up the industry shares her tips, tricks and story
Africa Utopia Member's Salon at the Royal Festival Hall
3:30 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
3:30 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
talks & debates
Yes, there are roles outside rap for black men in the music industry - our panel explores
Yes, there are roles outside rap for black men in the music industry - our panel explores
Africa Utopia Member's Salon at the Royal Festival Hall
6:00 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
6:00 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
Be educated, be motivated and be moved by the stories behind the campaign that is challenging stereotypes
Be educated, be motivated and be moved by the stories behind the campaign that is challenging...

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.