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Africa Utopia

How does Africa and its diaspora shape the way we think about art, culture, gender, race, sexuality, fashion, activism and society? We explored this and more with a weekend of exciting and thought-provoking events at Africa Utopia, which returned in autumn 2019 in a new collaboration with Indaba X.

For the festival's seventh year, we welcomed Akala, Ozwald Boateng, Chineke! Orchestra, Noel Clarke, Nathalie Emmanuel, Bethann Hardison, Femi Kuti, Denise Lewis and many more to our stages.

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Enjoy five brilliant performances from the incredible Malian music duo.
How do feminists in Africa and the diaspora envision the continent’s future?
How are African nations defining their place in political landscape being shaped by Brexit and Trump
Hear from young Africans who are leading the way in everything from tech to fashion and activism
Discover the capital’s Black History with historian Tony Warner
Introducing Europe's first professional majority Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) orchestra

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.