Africa Utopia returns to Southbank Centre for its fifth year, Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 July 2017, with a line-up of some of the most exciting musicians, artists, performers and thinkers from across Africa and its diaspora. This weekend explores Africa’s lead in shaping the way we think about culture, gender, race, sexuality, fashion, activism and society.
Also part of the festival is a powerful programme of talks, debates and workshops, exploring issues such as activism, social change, the future of African politics in a new age of populism, and gender equality.
Join us as Afrobeats multi-platinum superstar, Fuse ODG, brings his energetic live set to Royal Festival Hall on Saturday 15 July; and Chineke! Orchestra, Britain's first professional orchestra comprised entirely of black and minority ethnic musicians, headline on Sunday 16 July.
You can also catch BAFTA-winning screenwriter Amma Asante (Belle and A United Kingdom) as she discusses Black film-making in Disrupting Expectations; and salt., the theatrical one-woman performance telling of a journey to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, as performer Selina Thompson jumps on a cargo ship and retraces the slave trade route from the UK to Ghana and Jamaica and back.
There’s something for everyone at Africa Utopia with a wide range of free events across Southbank Centre’s 17-acre site, from a Black History Walk along the Thames which explores British Civil Rights, African and Caribbean history and black heroes along the riverside, to Afrikan Yoga on Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden. Our Big Sing event is an opportunity to join in and sing, while the Africa Utopia Block Party with DJ Rita Ray brings you everything from afrobeat to Congolese jazz and South African electronica.