festival

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.

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

Free

Free

3:00 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
3:00 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
classical music
family & young people
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
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
Chineke! Chamber Ensemble
7:00 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
classical music
Errollyn Wallen, Dvorák and Ligeti: Chineke! appears for its fifth Africa Utopia
Errollyn Wallen, Dvorák and Ligeti: Chineke! appears for its fifth Africa Utopia

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.