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FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME 33. AFRICA FESTIVAL

 

11:00 - 11:00 

BAZAAR AND FOOD

 

11:00-06:00

SOZIAL AND INNOVATIVE PROJECTS

 

12:45 p.m.

FASHION SHOW MADAME RAMA WITH DJ HI JOHN

 

1:15 p.m.

IBU STORYTELLER

 

2:00 p.m.

LÚCIA de CARVALHO

 

5:00 p.m.

OPENING FOR GUESTS AND INTERESTED PARTIES

 

6:00 p.m.

MAREMA

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9:00 p.m.

ARTE FILMPROGRAMME

 

9:30 p.m.

DJANE UKAI

11:00 - 11:00

BAZAAR AND FOOD

 

11:00-06:00

SOZIAL AND INNOVATIVE PROJECTS

 

12:45 p.m.

FASHION SHOW MADAME RAMA WITH DJ UKAI

 

1:15 p.m.

IBU STORYTELLER

 

2:00 p.m.

SITI & THE BAND

 

3:30 p.m.

THE BORED KING (participatory concert for children)

 

7:00 p.m.

FAFA RUFFINO

 

6:30 p.m.

FASHION SHOW MADAME RAMA DJ MISTA WALLIZZ

 

9:00 p.m.

ARTE FILMPROGRAMME

 

9:30 p.m.

DJ MISTA WALLIZZ

11:00 - 11:00

BAZAAR AND FOOD

 

11:00-06:00

SOZIAL AND INNOVATIVE PROJECTS

 

12:45 p.m.

FASHION SHOW MADAME RAMA WITH DJ MISTA WALLIZZ

 

1:15 p.m.

IBU STORYTELLER

 

2:00 p.m.

AMIRA KHEIR

 

3:30 p.m.

THE BORED KING (participatory concert for children)

 

5:00 p.m.

AMI WARNING & BAND

 

6:30 p.m.

FAHION SHOW MADAME RAMA WITH DJ FREEGAH

 

9:00 p.m.

ARTE FILMPROGRAMM

 

9:30 p.m.

DJ FREEGAH

11:00 - 11:00

BAZAAR AND FOOD

 

11:00-06:00

SOZIAL AND INNOVATIVE PROJECTS

 

12:45 p.m.

FASHION SHOW MADAME RAMA WITH DJ FREEGAH

 

1:15 p.m.

IBU STORYTELLER

 

2:00 p.m.

LEILA AKINYI

 

3:30 p.m.

THE BORED KING (participatory concert for children)

 

5:00 p.m.

TREESHA

 

6:30 p.m.

FASHION SHOW MADAME RAMA WITH DJ HI JOHN

 

9:00 p.m.

ARTE FILMPROGRAMME

 

9:30 p.m.

DJ HI JOHN

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Tickets for the 33rd International Africa Festival are available HERE

(Program subject to change at any time)

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Königreiche Afrika

PHOTO EXHIBITION - KINGDOMS IN AFRICA

The exhibition shows photos of kingdoms in Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, the Republic of Congo, Kameroon and Swaziland. The photos were taken by internationally renowned photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher during their 40 year journey through Africa.

Some of the images were also published in their two most recent books "African Twilight". The exhibition consists of 26 colour photographs and will be shown at the University of Würzburg (Sanderring 2, 97070 Würzburg) from 13 May to 25 July 2022 (opening hours: Mon-Fri 08:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.).

 

Photo: © Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher

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FASHION MADE IN AFRICA

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 Thursday at 12:45 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 12:45 p.m. and at 06:30 p.m.

 

Photo: Bugs Steffen

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CHILDRENS PROGRAMME

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. Daily on the open stage at 1:15 pm.

Photo: © Bugs Steffen

The African artist ensemble Adesa from Ghana will amaze the children. This year they will perform "The bored King" on the open stage on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and Saturday and Sunday at 3:30 p.m..

 

Bright excitement in the Ghanaian fishing village of Kokrobite!

The king, Nana Ansong the Third, is strangely just bored. Joining forces, the animals of the jungle, the steppe and the rainforest try to please the king with their songs, dances and funny tricks.

Will they succeed? Based on numerous fables, handed down by the griots from Ghana, among others, the Adesa ensemble tells and plays the story of the bored king in this participatory theatre with a lot of humour and empathy.

With music, dance, colourful costumes and masks, acrobatics and juggling, this fairy tale is presented in an understandable and lively way. In this way, a piece of African joie de vivre and wisdom is tangibly conveyed to children and brought closer to them.

The compositions of the Ensemble ADESA musically symbolise different animal voices and transport the children into the mystical, exciting and wise world of the traditional kings.

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BAZAAR AND CULINAY DELIGHTS

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 Thursday to Sunday (11:00 - 11:00). This year you can enjoy dishes from Senegal, Ethiopia, Morocco and Cameroon, among others.

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"FOUNDATION AFRICA FESTIVAL" & 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.

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THE AFRICA FESTIVAL IN THE PRESS PHOTO

The International Africa Festival has also found its resonance in the Würzburg daily newspapers. Photographers Hans Heer, Theresa Ruppert, Norbert Schwarzott and Thomas Obermeier have documented the festival year after year in expressive pictures in the Main Post and the Volksblatt. A selection of their best photographs will once again be presented in large format in a two-part exhibition in the public library and the Burse in the student union. The exhibition will be on view from April 29 to June 17, 2022. Admission is free of charge. All photos in the exhibition are available for purchase. The proceeds will go to the "Africa Festival Foundation".

Photo: © Norbert Schwarzott

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ORIGINAL EXHIBITION PHOTOS FOR SALE!

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.

Photo: © Mario Gerth

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AFRICA IN GLOBAL CHANGE

This year's exhibition at the University of Würzburg focuses on issues related to global change. Researchers will provide information on climate change, scarce resources, migration and the return of African cultural assets. Also on the agenda is the question of whether new remote sensing techniques can help people in West Africa better adapt to climate change? Can drones be used for the efficient transport of aid on the African continent?

Photo: © Universität Würzburg und Carol Beckwith und Angela Fisher

Memorial bust of the king's mother Iyoba

Nigeria, Kingdom of Benin

(British Museum)

Bronze works from the Kingdom of Benin

(British Museum)

Bronze plaque depicting Edo

warriors, Benin City, Nigeria

(British Museum)

SOZIAL AND INNOVATIVE PROJECTS

The 33rd International Africa Festival will again present social and innovative projects as well as print media. The start-up company "Africa GreenTec" will be there with their Solartainer® and will present, among other things, how they are building up electricity supply, especially in remote rural regions in Africa. The "Freundeskreis Ombili" will again inform about its project with the Bushmen in Namibia. The non-profit organization "Agerto" has set itself the task of providing young people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds with high-quality vocational training. Also the organization "Ein Dollar Brille" will be represented, they want to achieve that there is a continuous and independent basic ophthalmic care in developing countries. The "DKMS" will be present with a booth to find stem cell donors. The "Erden Project" makes an important contribution in the fight against climate change by trying to plant as many trees as possible in Africa. The association "Take a Maleika" wants to enable young women and mothers to live an independent life by giving them the opportunity to work. "Doctors without Borders" will also run a booth on site again. Furthermore, the African print magazine LoNam and the taz, which present the festival, will be on site with an information booth. The information booths will be open daily from 11 am - 6 pm.

Sozial and innovative projects 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AFRICAN GREENTEC

Social company Africa GreenTec (AGT) develops, builds, delivers and runs ImpactSites. AGT features products like the efficient Solartainer and focuses on solar energy, the most useful and at the same time cleanest source of energy in Africa.  AGT enables people to reach more self-determination and growth by using sustainable energy solutions. Photo: © African GreenTec

Sozial and innovative projects 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

 

 

 

AGERTO

AGERTO e.V. is a non-profit association. It supports and cooperates with the NGO AGERTO for a sustainable positive development in Togo. The support consists of collecting new and used tools, sewing machines and the like, which are indispensable for the education of the youth in the centers of the NGO AGERTO. The vision of the NGO AGERTO in Togo is to provide quality vocational training and responsible education to young people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds. Photo: © Agerto e. V.

Sozial and innovative projects 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

 

 

 

MÉDECINS SANS FRONTIÉRES

Médecins Sans Frontières was founded in 1971 by a group of French doctors and journalists as a private, non-governmental humanitarian organization. They set themselves the task of providing emergency medical aid in areas of crisis or conflict, regardless of religious, ethnic or political interests. In order to maintain this independence, Doctors Without Borders is financed primarily by private donations. The organization was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999 for its work. Doctors without Borders provides emergency medical aid in more than 70 countries worldwide. Most of the aid projects are currently in Africa. Photo: © Médecins Sans Frontiéres

Sozial and innovative projects 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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: © Martin Aufmuth

Sozial and innovative projects 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

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: © Erden Project

Sozial and innovative projects 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

OMBILI

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. Photo: © Manfred Matthies

Sozial and innovative projects 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

 

 

TAKE A MALAIKA E.V.

Take a Malaika supports women and families from socially and economically difficult backgrounds with a sewing project in Arusha Tanzania. The women, most of whom are single parents, receive a monthly wage from the association, which is an important contribution to their livelihood. This recognition of their achievement strengthens their motivation and increases their self-confidence. The women also receive weekly business training and can obtain a micro-credit from the association to support them on their way to self-employment. Photo: © Tanja Schmitt-Kupcik

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Gesichter des Sahel

THE GREAT GREEN WALL - A NEW WONDER OF THE WORLD

The Sahel, the region south of the Sahara from the Atlantic to the Red Sea, is suffering the most from climate change in Africa. It stretches from Senegal, Mali, and Burkina Faso to Ethiopia and Djibouti. Great drought and an expansion of the desert are the consequences of climate change. Two-thirds of the land has already been destroyed, leading to food shortages, migration and armed conflict in the region. In addition, there is a large population explosion. For example, the birth rate in Niger is the highest in Africa, with seven children per woman. As a result, many young people are choosing to leave the Sahel and make the dangerous journey to Europe.

In 2007, the African Union (AU) therefore launched the idea of the "Great Green Wall". The idea is to build a green wall of trees and shrubs over a distance of 8000 km from Senegal to Djibouti in order to stop desertification. When completed, the great marvel will be the longest living structure on earth. However, it is about more than planting trees. It's about rebuilding the destroyed ecosystem and improving the livelihoods and economies of villages and communities.

Early results are promising: in Senegal, 1.4 million trees have already been planted and 25,000 hectares of land restored. In Ethiopia, 242 million trees have been planted and 15 million hectares of land restored to fertility, and in Nigeria, 5 million hectares of land have been reclaimed.

The Africa Festival supports this urgently needed project and therefore shows in the ARTE Open Air Cinema the film "The Great Green Wall" with activist and musician Inna Modja from Mali, who played at the festival in 2018. Furthermore, we have invited musicians from the Sahel (Senegal, Mali, Sudan) to raise awareness for the problems of this region.

Photo: © Mario Gerth

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ARTE OPEN AIR CINEMA

ARTE FILM PROGRAM @ Africa Festival 2022

 

The cultural channel ARTE is partner of the 33rd Africa Festival. After the ARTE film program was cancelled in the last two years, we are even more pleased to finally be able to show special ARTE films on African culture and music again in the ARTE film program on the festival grounds. The focus this year is on films about strong women from Africa. Two films from the major focus "Generation Africa" - starting in mid-June on ARTE - will be shown as previews: Documentaries by young directors from Africa.

THURSDAY, May 26

20:30 Senegal: Ladies' Turn - Women to the Ball! Documentary, ARTE France 2012, 52 min.

21:30 Soul Ladies: Between Africa and Europe Documentary, ARTE/HR 2018, 52 min.

FRIDAY, May 27

Preview: Generation Africa

20:30 The Separation, Cameroon/South Africa 2022, 22 min.

21:00 Katanga Nation, Ethiopia/South Africa 2022, 26 min.

21:30 Fati's Choice Documentary, ARTE France 2021, 45 min.

SATURDAY, May 28

20:30 In the footsteps of Cesária Évora: world music from Cape Verde.

Documentary, ARTE/ZDF 2019, 52 min.

21:30 When I open my eyes Feature film, ARTE France 2015, 98 min.

SUNDAY, May 29

20:00 Girlhood - Women in Rap: South Africa and Morocco.

Documentary, ARTE France 2021, 28 min.

21:00 The Great Green Wall

Documentary, Great Britain 2019, 90 min.

Documentary by Hélène Harder, ARTE France 2012, 52 min.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SENEGAL: LADIES' TURN - WOMEN TO THE BALL!

Women belong at the stove, and soccer is a man's game. Female soccer players in Senegal are confronted with this prejudice every day. The Senegalese association "Ladies' Turn" dreams of bringing female athletes from their improvised soccer fields to the big stadium in Dakar. The documentary reports on the women's soccer tournament "Ladies' Turn" and accompanies some of the teams during the tournament preparations.

Documentary by Alexander C. Stenzel, ARTE/HR 2018, 52 min.

 

 

 

 

 

SOUL LADIES: BETWEEN AFRICA AND EUROPE

Three strong women who have already inspired the visitors* of the Africa Festival Würzburg with their music and charisma: Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo, Y'akoto and Nneka. All three shuttle between worlds and find their home in music. The film portrays the artists and shows their commitment to tolerance, freedom and human rights.

DOCUMENTARY ARTE, ORIGINAL WITH GERMAN SUBTITLES

THE SEPARATION

The fact that Manuela's parents left for Italy when she was a child affected her deeply. At the age of eleven, despite her grief and absence, she tries to grow up and build herself in Cameroon as best she can with the help of her teachers and the rest of her family.

KATANGA NATION - PORT OF HOPE

Enkehone, a naïve but ambitious street vendor from rural Ethiopia, lives in a sleeping hotel in Katanga, Addis Ababa's bustling neighborhood. Amele, the owner, lives in the hotel herself. Enkehone witnesses the chaotic and harsh, but no less fascinating, lives of the hotel's residents and the Katanga neighborhood as it experiences its final hours before being swallowed up by the city's hectic construction.

Documentary by Fatimah Dadzie, ARTE France 2021, 45 min., original with German subtitles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FATI'S CHOICE

Europe, paradise? With this idea and without papers, Fati arrives in Italy via the arduous sea route. But out of longing for her children, she returns to Ghana just six months later - without her husband. A decision that those around her cannot understand: "What am I telling people?" asks her sister. A film with an unusual perspective: about a woman who makes her way back from Europe to Africa.

Documentary by Jan Kerhart and Ulrich Stein, ARTE/ZDF 2019, 52 min.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF CESÁRIA ÉVORA: WORLD MUSIC FROM CAPE VERDE

Music is national property in Cape Verde, and its national heroine is Cesária Évora. The singer, who died in 2011, was considered the queen of morna - the popular musical genre that, full of emotion, translates musically the archipelago's long and painful history of slavery. The film follows Évora's footsteps on the African archipelago and combines the music with a look at the country and its people.

Feature film by Leyla Bouzid, ARTE France 2015, 98 min., original with German subtitles.

 

 

 

WHEN I OPEN MY EYES

18-year-old Farah sings in a rock band and defies her family's wishes to study medicine. Farah lives her passion for music until the day she is arrested by the police for her critical song lyrics. An award-winning debut film about Tunis just before the Arab revolution: an explosive situation in which the energy and creativity of youth collide with a repressive state.

Documentary by Jean-François Tatin and Flora Desprats, ARTE France 2021, 28 min.

 

 

 

 

GIRLHOOD - WOMEN IN RAP: SOUTH AFRICA AND MOROCCO

An ARTE series about female musicians who use the creative possibilities of rap to express their identity. Among them Dee Koala and Dope Saint Jude from South Africa and Krtas Nssa and Khtek from Morocco. They rap about their everyday lives, struggles and culture. Girlhood highlights their trajectories, shaped by their respective cultural, political, social, and familial environments.

Great Green Wall

Documentary film by Jared P. Scott, Great Britain 2019, 90 min., English version

 

 

 

THE GREAT GREEN WALL

The effects of climate change are particularly dramatic in the African Sahel: drought, famine and migration. The inhabitants* have therefore taken the initiative: With "The Great Green Wall", a green strip of trees thousands of kilometers long is to be created across the continent. The road movie with Malian activist and singer Inna Modja shows the project as well as the hopes and fears of the inhabitants - and their passion for music.

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