34. Africa Festival framework programme

Here you will find information about the extensive supporting program of the 34th International Africa Festival.


New Open Stage, daily 12:45 pm and SA-MO 6:30 pm

Photo: © Bugs Steffen

The fashion designer Rama Diaw from Saint Louis (Senegal) has been creating modern African fashion and accessories for a few years now and uses native techniques and materials like batik and indigo fabrics. All materials she uses are purchased directly from Senegal, Mauretania and Mali. Because of her passion for fashion she created the federation “Aissaitou”, which brings together underprivileged dressmakers, sewers and cloth dyers in the countryside to offer them work. In order to support this project, Afro Project again provides a tent and catwalk free of charge and organises a fashion show with the creations of Madame Rama. By mixing wax (a modern fabric) and rabal (a traditional fabric) Diaw combines the subtlety of forms and the robustness of matter. Senegalese and African Women are subtle and persevering. With her new fashion show “PERSEVERANCE“ Madame Rama wants to emphasize the status of African Women in society. 

The fashion show will take place Friday at 12:45 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 12:45 p.m. and at 06:30 p.m.


KARI-BUNI WATOTO – Welcome children! Daily 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Photo: © Mario Gerth

Kari-buni Watoto – Welcome Children! – is the name of the festival`s own children’s area, where a wide range of games and activities for children of all ages will be offered. Far away from the hustle and bustle of the festival parents and grandparents can watch their children play. The children’s area is available free of charge to all our visitors.

Ibu story teller – New Open Stage, Daily 1:15 PM

Photo: © Bugs Steffen

The children’s programme is an integral part of the Africa Festival. The author and musician Ibrahima Ndiaye from Senegal knows how to inspire his young audience with a mixture of traditional storytelling, pantomime, percussion, dance and song. This time he tells stories from Africa of today and yesterday for tomorrow. Included are tales and black wisdom from his grandmother for young and old.

Nikis kindermusik – New Open Stage, Sa – MO 3:30 PM

Photo: © NIKIS Kindermusik

During the first lockdown in March 2020, musician and family man Dominik Haas had the idea to write songs for children who had to stay at home because of the pandemic. This is how the project NIKIS Kindermusik came into being and, in the course of 2021, a children’s music album and several music videos for which NIKI himself designed and made the puppets, including the video for the toothbrushing song “Schrubbi Doo”, which has already been viewed over 250,000 times on YouTube since its release in January 2022. NIKI’s songs are world music pop that sounds pleasantly unobtrusive, spreads a good mood and always invites you to sing along.

Acrobatics and street parade

FR – SO 3:00 PM

Photo: © Bugs Steffen

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 PM the acrobatics and music group Adesa will present a breathtaking street parade. The parade will move across the festival ground and pick up the young audience along the way right when the children`s programme starts.


Daily 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

Photo: © Mario Gerth

The bazaar again has a lot to offer: among other things, African musical instruments and CDs with traditional and modern African music. In addition, extraordinary clothes and fabrics, jewellery as well as sculptures, traditional masks, objects of art and everyday objects will provide enthusiasm. To indulge in culinary delights, the food area has African and oriental delicacies in store for you from Friday to Monday (11:00 – 11:00). This year you can enjoy dishes from Senegal, Ethiopia, Jamaica and Cameroon, among others.

Foto: © Mama Afrika e. V.


Mama Afrika is a non-profit recognized German-African association. The main goal of the association is the fight against female genital mutilation. In recent years, the association was able to complete a kindergarten in Cancan (Guinea). This is particularly important in Guinea, since unfortunately 90% of women are genitally mutilated. The next goal was the foundation of a school, where among other things the parents and also the children are educated about the consequences of female genital mutilation.

The school has now been completed with the support of the “Africa Festival Foundation”. The foundation would like to thank the internationally recognized and award-winning architect Francis Kéré from Burkina Faso, who provided the plans for the school free of charge.

Photo: © Mario Gerth


Also this year, photos from the diverse and exciting exhibitions of the International Africa Festival are still available for purchase for a good cause. All photos will be displayed in the entrance area of the festival and can be taken immediately if you are interested. The large format photos are either framed or mounted on Alu Dipond and are priced between 150,- and 250,- Euro for a single photo. If you are interested, please contact the information booth. The proceeds will go to the “Africa Festival Foundation”, which has so far supported the music school “Amadu Bansang Jobarteh” in Gambia and the school of “Mama Africa” in Guinea. Both school projects were founded by two dedicated African women whom we have known for a long time. This is one of the reasons why the two projects have been so successful so far. The Foundation selected and supported these two schools in West Africa because education in Africa is the best weapon against ignorance, intolerance and poverty.


Place of social and innovative projects, daily 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

The 34rd International Africa Festival will again present social and innovative projects as well as print media. Further information soon…


Photo: © OneDollarGlasses

Millions of people suffer from a correctable defective vision, but cannot afford glasses. The organization EinDollarBrille has the solution: lightweight, stable and inexpensive glasses made by local skilled workers on a simple bending machine. The goal: continuous and independent basic optical care in developing countries. In Africa, the organization has a presence in Malawi, Burkina Faso and Kenya.


Photo: © Erden Project

Anthony Gschwender, founder of the project, promises that with every bracelet purchased, ten mangrove trees will be planted in Africa, realized by local partner organizations. The aesthetic bracelet has it all, improving the global climate, creating new habitats for animals and creating jobs for the local population. When you buy the ribbon, you also receive a QR code, which you should keep because the innovative 27-year-old is planning an app that will make it possible, among other things, to locate the trees.


Photo: © Manfred Matthies

One of the oldest ethnic groups of mankind, the SAN – also called Bushmen – deprived of their roots and natural habitat, are in great danger of losing their cultural and social identity. For as long as there have been people in Africa, they have lived as hunter-gatherers. They were never sedentary but always peaceful and so easy victims of displacement and disrespect. Only the careful attempt to help them to acquire the basics of a settled life and to introduce their children to education enables the SAN to preserve their culture and their tradition. The OMBILI Foundation near Tsumeb is dedicated to this task.


ARTE FILM PROGRAM @ Africa Festival 2023

This year, the culture channel ARTE is once again partner of the 34th International Africa Festival and will show films about the music and the culture of the black continent in the ARTE Open Air Cinema on the festival grounds. We are currently still working on putting together the best films for you and organising one or two premieres with guests. This much we can already reveal: One focus will be on South Africa and fashion from Africa. You will find the programme here at the beginning of 2023.

We reserve the right to change the programme at any time!

PHOTO EXHIBITION: Nelson Mandela – Impressions of a moving life

UNIVERSITy of WÜRZBURG, 12th MAy – 29th July 2023

Photo: © Jürgen Schadeberg

Due to the 10th anniversary of his death, the International Africa Festival is once again presenting photos from the life of this extraordinary man – affectionately known as Madiba in South Africa – who ensured that the apartheid regime made the transition to a democratic society.

The exhibition features photos by internationally renowned photographer Jürgen Schadeberg, who sadly passed away in 2020. The exhibition is also a tribute to his work.

No one has left a greater mark on the photographic history of South Africa than Jürgen Schadeberg, who emigrated from Germany at a young age. In 1950, he emigrated to South Africa and became Chief Photographer, Picture Editor and Art Director of Drum Magazine. He became the mentor of two generations of black photographers. He was already at home in townships when hardly any white people were interested in life there. In this way, he helped black South Africa not only to liberate itself outwardly – but to regain dignity by reflecting on its own roots. His pictures reflect the will to resist apartheid and at the same time a zest for life. The power of his pictures is unbroken.

In 2008, the Africa Festival presented with great success his exhibition “Black and white fifties in South Africa” and in 2016 the exhibition “Mandela – 6 decades”.

“How are you young man? Aren’t you retired yet?” this is the regular banter I had from Madiba whenever we met. When I went to visit Nelson Mandela for lunch with my wife Claudia he asked me why I wanted to visit an old man when I probably had other more important things to do. This modesty and self-effacement mixed with large doses of humour and an unwavering moral code is the Mandela mix which inspires, charms and captivates the world. Madiba is a role model for all – highlighting the great need for mankind to choose humanity and morality over materialism. (Jürgen Schadeberg)

The exhibition will take place from 12th May – 29th July 2023 at the foyer of the university of Würzburg, Sanderring 2, 97070 Würzburg. Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.