Festival 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.

History 

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

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.

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Lambeth 20 Jul 2018 - 5:30 PM

Friday Tonic: Kasai Masai

Friday Tonic: Kasai Masai Part of Africa Utopia Kasai Masai bring the traditional sound of remote equatorial African…

Lambeth 19 Jul 2018 - 7:30 pm

Africa Utopia Rap Party

 Africa Utopia Rap Party Part of Africa Utopia Kick back and groove at this hip-hop and poetry-infused house…

Lambeth 19 – 22 JUL 2018

Festival Africa Utopia

Africa Utopia is an annual festival celebrating the arts and culture of one of the world’s most dynamic…

Lambeth 20 Jul 2018 Approx 90 mins including Q&A

Hello, Rain: UK Premiere

Hello, Rain: UK Premiere Part of Africa Utopia Don’t miss the UK premiere of CJ Obasi’s Afro-futuristic screen…

Lambeth 20 Jul 2018 - 21 Jul 2018 Approximate run time: 60 mins

WOKE by Apphia Campbell

Part of Africa Utopia Don’t miss this award-winning theatre performance that follows two women’s fight for civil rights….

Lambeth 21 Jul 2018 - 11:00 AM

Africa Utopia: Saturday Day Pass

Africa Utopia: Saturday Day Pass Part of Africa Utopia Enjoy a day of talks, debates and workshops with…

Lambeth 21 Jul 2018 - 11:00 AM

Africa Utopia: Weekend Pass

Africa Utopia: Weekend Pass Part of Africa Utopia Join us for the Africa Utopiaweekend and get access to…

Lambeth 21 Jul 2018 11:30 AM

Africa Utopia: Opening Keynote

Africa Utopia: Opening Keynote Part of Africa Utopia This year’s Africa Utopiafestival is inspired by the theme of…