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Africa Utopia

19 – 22 JUL 2018

Africa Utopia is an annual festival celebrating the arts and culture of one of the world's most dynamic and fast-changing continents. Championed by Senegalese singer and human rights advocate Baaba Maal, the annual programme features a range of talks, workshops, music, performances, fashion and food.

Headlining the festival in 2018 were husband and wife musical duo, Amadou & Mariam, who played from their album La Confusion, and Chineke! Orchestra who presented an exhilarating, jazz-infused programme.

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

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.

africa utopia stories

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Your best tweets and Instagram images from this year’s festival
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Enjoy five brilliant performances from the incredible Malian music duo.
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Discover the capital’s Black History with historian Tony Warner