Returning to the Southbank Centre for its fifth year running, the popular Africa Utopia comes back with a bang, featuring a line-up of some of the most exciting musicians, artists, performers and thinkers from across Africa and its diaspora, between 15 to 16 July 2017.

This event is not to be missed by anyone who wants to immerse themselves in all things Africa and Africa-inspired. The vibrant weekend, in the heart of London’s cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames, will allow visitors to explore Africa’s lead in shaping the way we think about culture, gender, race, sexuality, fashion, activism and society.

Africa Utopia returns to the Southbank Centre
Naatal Presents Africa Utopia Member’s Salon 2016

The programme promises lively talks and debates, lots of participatory workshops and a host of wide-ranging free events across Southbank Centre’s 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. The Big Sing event is an opportunity to all join in and sing, while The Africa Utopia Block Party with DJ Rita Ray, brings you everything from afrobeat to Congolese jazz, to South African electronica.

Africa Utopia returns to the Southbank Centre

Running throughout the weekend, will be the Africa Utopia Marketplace, which will be a bustling arena in the Royal Festival Hall offering the latest in African and African-inspired arts, crafts and workshops and the space under Hungerford Bridge will be transformed into a bustling African inspired street food market with 14 stalls of authentic African cuisine and live music.

Africa Utopia returns to the Southbank Centre

Here are some of the many highlights that we are looking forward to:   

Food Market / Pop Up Africa presents: The African Food & Drink Takeover 2017

Africa Utopia returns to the Southbank CentreThursday 13 July – Sunday 16 July, Thursday 5pm, Friday 12pm, Saturday 11am, Sunday 12pm, Hungerford Bridge, Free

Pop Up Africa returns with its popular street-food market. In celebration of Africa and its many cuisines, Queens Walk will be transformed into a bustling street-food market with 14 stalls of authentic food from across the continent, along with pop-up live music.

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Fuse ODG 

Saturday 15 July, 8.00pm (150mins), Royal Festival Hall, £20-25

Afrobeat multi-platinum superstar and ‘Azonto’ king – British-Ghanaian rapper, Fuse ODG headlines the Africa Utopia festival performing in the Royal Festival Hall.

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Disrupting Expectations: A Conversation With Amma Asante

Africa Utopia returns to the Southbank Centre
© Hazel Thompson for The New York Times

Saturday 15 July, 1pm, Weston Roof Pavilion, Included in the pass

BAFTA award-winning screenwriter and director of the films Belle and A United Kingdom, Ghanaian-British filmmaker Amma Asante speaks about pushing boundaries, capturing hidden black stories and the future of cinema.

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Africa Utopia Catwalk Curated By Africa Fashion Week London

Africa Utopia returns to the Southbank CentreSaturday 15 July, 5pm, Level 2 Riverside Terrace, Free

Showcasing some of the very best fashion collections by designers from across the continent and its diaspora, this year’s Africa Utopia Catwalk is curated by Africa Fashion Week London and takes place along the riverside, with the stunning backdrop of the Thames.

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Women, Drumbeats and Self Care: A Twerkshop

Africa Utopia returns to the Southbank CentreSunday 16 July, 3pm, Level 3 Function Room at Royal Festival Hall. Included in the pass

Participants are invited to join Kelechnekoff Fitness founder, Kelechi Okafor, and explore West African dance as release and self-care through this combined twerkshop and discussion. All dance levels and genders welcome.

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For more information, go to: www.southbankcentre.co.uk/africautopia

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