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Africa Utopia

15 Jul 2017 - 16 Jul 2017

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, this year's vibrant programme features a range of talks, workshops, music, performances, fashion and food.

Chineke!, Europe's first predominantly Black and Minority Ethnic orchestra, returns to headline on Sunday 16 July. In the talks programme, BAFTA award-winning screenwriter Amma Asante discusses Black film making in Disrupting Expectations, while women's experiences find a voice at Africa: The Future of Feminism.

Fashion, music and art combine in a catwalking collaboration with African Fashion Week London, including the ever-popular People's Catwalk, showcasing the best of African-inspired street style. Get your fill of African food and drink at Pop Up Africa, shop boutiques and pop-ups at the Marketplace or explore London's African and Caribbean history on one of the Black History Walks.

Plus, don't miss Selina Thompson’s performance project salt before it's whisked off to Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Accessibility

The following events on Saturday 15  July at Africa Utopia are BSL interpreted:

12.30pm – 2pm: Our Mighty Groove Social Dance (free, unticketed)
4pm – 4.30pm: People's Catwalk (free, unticketed)
6pm – 7pm: salt (ticketed)

In addition, between 2pm – 4pm and 4.30pm – 6pm on Saturday 15 July there is a roaming BSL interpreting service available on a first-come-first-served basis. Please visit the Information Point on Level 2 on the day of the event for more information.

What the Trees Know on Saturday 15 July is recommended for visually impaired audiences.

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Sun, 06/25/2017 - 10:00
Introducing Europe's first professional majority Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) orchestra
Mon, 05/08/2017 - 16:52
Africa Utopia returns with a line-up of exciting musicians, artists, performers and thinkers from across Africa and its diaspora
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Fri, 09/09/2016 - 12:31
Meet Maame Adjei, one of the stars of the most globally successful television series from Africa An African City
Thu, 08/18/2016 - 16:50
Wayne Marshall conducts Chineke! inc. Elegy: In Memoriam – Stephen Lawrence and Beethoven's 7th
Thu, 08/18/2016 - 16:50
Edna Adan gives a keynote on why she built her country’s first maternity hospital
Thu, 08/18/2016 - 16:50
Chineke! Orchestra conducted by Wayne Marshall

12 Jul 2017

6:30 pm, 12 Jul 2017
Join our special Members’ event celebrating Africa Utopia

13 Jul 2017

Free

Various times, 13 Jul 2017 - 16 Jul 2017
Get your fill of African food and drink as Pop Up Africa returns for Africa Utopia

14 Jul 2017

Free

Various times, 13 Jul 2017 - 16 Jul 2017
Get your fill of African food and drink as Pop Up Africa returns for Africa Utopia

15 Jul 2017

Dance
Performance
10:30 am, 15 Jul 2017
Bring your little ones along for a morning of music and dancing

Free

Various times, 13 Jul 2017 - 16 Jul 2017
Get your fill of African food and drink as Pop Up Africa returns for Africa Utopia
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
11:30 am, 15 Jul 2017
How is Africa leading the way in thinking about activism, the arts and fashion? Find out in a day of talks and more
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
11:30 am, 15 Jul 2017 - 17 Jul 2017
Get access to talks, debates and workshops for the entire Africa Utopia weekend
Talks & Topics
11:30 am, 15 Jul 2017
Join our discussion about African nations in the new global landscape
11:30 am, 15 Jul 2017
Get tips on growing your brand and audience on social media
Photographed by Jendella

Free

11:45 am, 15 Jul 2017
Join dynamic singer songwriter Lánre for an interactive storytelling session for families

Free

Gigs
Folk & World
Various times, 15 Jul 2017 - 16 Jul 2017
Hear everything from Afrofunk to hip-hop while eating at the Africa Utopia food market
Two women laughing, Africa Utopia Marketplace

Free

Various times, 15 Jul 2017 - 16 Jul 2017
Browse stalls and pop-up boutiques offering the latest in African and African-inspired fashion
Image of African woman smiling part of Salooni pop up art installation

Free

Art
Various times, 15 Jul 2017 - 16 Jul 2017
Check out this pop-up art installation and hair salon at Africa Utopia
Our Mighty Groove Social Dance

Free

Dance
12:30 pm, 15 Jul 2017
Immerse yourself in the New York underground club scene with this free workshop and social dance

Free

Art
Various times, 15 Jul 2017 - 16 Jul 2017
Get creative and play with African textiles and printing with us
Talks & Topics
1:00 pm, 15 Jul 2017
Explore the screenwriter and director's approach to telling Black stories on the big screen
Talks & Topics
1:00 pm, 15 Jul 2017
Hear from young Africans who are leading the way in everything from tech to fashion and activism

Free

2:30 pm, 15 Jul 2017
Come together and sing songs inspired by the themes in Africa Utopia 2017
Literature
Talks & Topics
2:30 pm, 15 Jul 2017
Discover the diverse styles making East Africa a literary powerhouse
Talks & Topics
2:30 pm, 15 Jul 2017
Hear how technology is rapidly reshaping culture and society in Africa
Catwalk at Africa Utopia Festival

Free

Performance
4:00 pm, 15 Jul 2017
We’re searching for people with amazing African-inspired street style to strut their stuff

Free

Art
4:00 pm, 15 Jul 2017
Share your photos documenting Black British life and help us document your story
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
4:00 pm, 15 Jul 2017
Join this discussion on the struggle women experience as political and economic leaders
Model at Africa Utopia 2015 Catwalk

Free

Performance
Theatre
Various times, 15 Jul 2017 - 16 Jul 2017
Two artists retrace a slave ship’s route in a show about grief, ancestry, home and colonialism

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15 Jul
Talks & Topics
Explore the screenwriter and director's approach to telling Black stories on the big screen

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The Other Richard
15 Jul - 16 Jul
Performance
Theatre
Two artists retrace a slave ship’s route in a show about grief, ancestry, home and colonialism
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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.

Africa Utopia stories

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Edna Adan gives a keynote on why she built her country’s first maternity hospital
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Panel discussion in which women discussed movements in modern African feminism

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