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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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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
Concrete Late in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer
10:00 pm
13 Sep 2019 - 14 Sep 2019
10:00 pm | 13 Sep 2019 - 14 Sep 2019
gigs
An Africa Utopia edition of our club night, showcasing DJs and electronic artists from the African continent
An Africa Utopia edition of our club night, showcasing DJs and electronic artists from the African...

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Dynamic dance, colourful costumes and irresistible beats: it’s the south London youth performance group
Dynamic dance, colourful costumes and irresistible beats: it’s the south London youth performance...

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.