Art and ideas from Africa that are changing the world AFRICA UTOPIA Thursday 10 September to Sunday 13 September, 2015 One of our favourite events of the year, Africa Utopia is back for a third year at the Southbank Centre, celebrating the arts and culture of one of the world’s most dynamic and fast-changing continents. The festival looks at how Africa can lead the way in thinking about culture, community, business and technology and includes topics ranging from fashion, gender and power to politics, sustainability and activism. This year’s festival features some of Africa’s greatest artists across music, dance, literature and the arts. Highlights include: legendary drummer Tony Allen, one of the acknowledged co-founders of Afrobeat, performing with special guests; Senegalese supergroup Orchestra Baobab; powerfully soulful West African singer Kassé Mady Diabaté; the ground-breaking launch of Europe’s first Black and Minority Ethnic..
When the first Africa Utopia Festival took place at the Southbank Centre in 2012, Sapelle was but a nursing infant, have just started trading the month before and not quite ready to face the outside world. But I was thrilled nevertheless to attend that event as a ‘punter’, enjoying and being inspired by the huge variety of relevant panel talks, watching the stunning and vibrant catwalk featuring Chichia London and Bestow Elan among other ground-breaking African inspired fashion brands, and just soaking in the general positive, hopeful and yet realistic spirit about Africa and the ideal of utopia from people who were putting their money where their mouths were and doing something about effecting change on the continent. Two short years later, Africa Utopia is back at the Southbank, and we’re there again – but as part of the festival..