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Africa Utopia

Championed by Africa Utopia artistic collaborator, Senegalese singer and human rights advocate Baaba Maal, Africa Utopia this year featured talks, workshops, music and performances that celebrate the arts and culture of one of the world's most dynamic and fast-changing continents.Highlights included Chineke Orchestra!, the world’s first orchestra made up entirely of BAME musicians; Mandela Trilogy, an epic operatic tribute to Nelson Mandela; and Expensive Sh*t, a play exploring social dynamics by Adura Onashile.We'll be back at the beginning of autumn 2017.What's on now at Southbank Centre

About the festival

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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