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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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Get priority booking for Africa Utopia and access to an exclusive Cafe-Bar on the top floor of Royal Festival Hall.

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On sale dates

Tickets go on sale to Southbank Centre Members on Tuesday 21 May at 10am and general sale on Wednesday 22 May at 10am.

A building with a sign 'Welcome to the New Africa Shrine'
7:00 pm
Fri 13 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Fri 13 Sep 2019
gigs
The atmosphere and energy of Femi Kuti’s New Afrika Shrine comes to Royal Festival Hall
The atmosphere and energy of Femi Kuti’s New Afrika Shrine comes to Royal Festival Hall
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Free

Free

Various times
14 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019
Various times | 14 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019
Browse our curated market for the latest African-inspired fashion, art, books and more
Browse our curated market for the latest African-inspired fashion, art, books and more
Osi Umenyiora, American football defensive end
1:00 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
talks & debates
Explore the complexities, possibilities and personal cost of protest in sport
Explore the complexities, possibilities and personal cost of protest in sport
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Akala, rapper and activist
2:45 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
2:45 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Consider who decides how and where black cultural memory is preserved at our talk
Consider who decides how and where black cultural memory is preserved at our talk
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Free

Free

3:00 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
3:00 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
classical music
Get a front-seat view of music-making in action at an immersive performance with the youth orchestra
Get a front-seat view of music-making in action at an immersive performance with the youth orchestra
Africa Utopia Fashion Catwalk at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

3:30 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
3:30 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
Fine threads created by fashion designers who both honour and subvert traditions of the African aesthetic
Fine threads created by fashion designers who both honour and subvert traditions of the African...
4:30 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
4:30 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
talks & debates
How can the industry better represent diverse identities, both on and off the catwalk?
How can the industry better represent diverse identities, both on and off the catwalk?
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Beauty: It's a Shady Business
6:15 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
6:15 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
talks & debates
Beauty: from self-expression and the performance of identity, to purely the skin deep
Beauty: from self-expression and the performance of identity, to purely the skin deep
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Letters Live at Southbank Centre
7:00 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
Great performers read remarkable letters from down the centuries and around the world
Great performers read remarkable letters from down the centuries and around the world
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Simon Frederick, actor
1:00 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
1:00 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
talks & debates
A panel discussion on the power of black perspectives, both in front of and behind the lens
A panel discussion on the power of black perspectives, both in front of and behind the lens
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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.