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Africa Utopia

15 Jul - 16 Jul
Championed by Africa Utopia artistic collaborator, Senegalese singer and human rights advocate Baaba Maal, Africa Utopia features talks, workshops, music and performances that celebrate the arts and culture of one of the world's most dynamic and fast-changing continents.

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13 Jul 2017

Free

5:00 pm, 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

5:00 pm, 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

5:00 pm, 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
Get access to talks, debates and workshops for the entire Africa Utopia weekend
Two women laughing, Africa Utopia Marketplace

Free

11:30 am, 15 Jul 2017 - 16 Jul 2017
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
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
Gender Politics & Equality
2:30 pm, 15 Jul 2017
Join this discussion on the struggle women experience as political and economic leaders

Free

2:30 pm, 15 Jul 2017
Come together and sing songs inspired by the themes in Africa Utopia 2017
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
Model at Africa Utopia 2015 Catwalk

Free

Dance
Contemporary Dance
2:00 pm, 15 Jul 2017 - 16 Jul 2017
Two artists retrace a slave ship’s route in a show about grief, ancestry, home and colonialism
Gigs
Urban
8:00 pm, 15 Jul 2017
Hear the afrobeat star behind hit single ‘Antenna’ and the movement This is New Africa

16 Jul 2017

Two women laughing, Africa Utopia Marketplace

Free

11:30 am, 15 Jul 2017 - 16 Jul 2017
Talks & Topics
11:30 am, 16 Jul 2017
Take a look at a snapshot of the biggest Africa-related headlines and stories

Free

5:00 pm, 13 Jul 2017 - 16 Jul 2017
Get your fill of African food and drink as Pop Up Africa returns for Africa Utopia
Literature
12:00 pm, 16 Jul 2017
Learn how to edit, polish and refine a potentially prize-winning short story
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
12:00 pm, 16 Jul 2017
Spend a day discovering art and ideas from across Africa and the diaspora in talks, debates and workshops
Dance
Contemporary Dance
2:00 pm, 15 Jul 2017 - 16 Jul 2017
Two artists retrace a slave ship’s route in a show about grief, ancestry, home and colonialism
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
12:00 pm, 16 Jul 2017
Explore the riverside’s African and Caribbean history in this interactive tour
Dance
3:00 pm, 16 Jul 2017
Connect with yourself and werk that waist in this combined twerkshop and discussion
Classical music
Orchestra
6:30 pm, 16 Jul 2017
Chineke! Orchestra return for their third year at Africa Utopia

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15 Jul
Gigs
Urban
Hear the afrobeat star behind hit single ‘Antenna’ and the movement This is New Africa
16 Jul
Classical music
Orchestra
Chineke! Orchestra return for their third year at Africa Utopia
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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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