- 12 Feb
Bambushalle | © Bugs Steffen
There will again be a bamboo hall at the 30th International Africa Festival where different initiatives and media will present themselves. The aim of the “Mama Afrika” association is to stop the tradition of female genital mutilation. The “One dollar glasses” initiative wants to ensure an independent basic eye care in developing countries. Sona Jobarteh will also present her project from the Gambia: the “Amadu Bansang Jobarteh School of Music“. “Ombili-foundation” and DAHW (German Leprosy and Tuberculosis Relief Association (GLRA) will also be featured. Furthermore, the African print magazine “LoNam”, as well as the German newspaper “taz”, which will present the festival, will have an information booth at the bamboo hall.
The information booths of the bamboo hall will be open daily from 11 am to 6 pm.
© Jesco Denzel
THE AMADU BANSANG JOBARTEH SCHOOL OF MUSIC
The Amadu Bansang Jobarteh School of Music was founded in 2014 by known kora virtuoso Sona Jobarteh, an ancestor of the famous kora maestro Amadu Bansang Jobarteh. It is the Gambia’s first school which focuses on the traditional Manding music, one of West Africa’s oldest music traditions. Besides the musical education, the school also addresses serious issues like health, diet and harmful practices like child marriage and female genital mutilation . The Africa Festival foundation supports the school by paying the fee of the 9 teachers for 2 years.
© Mama Afrika
MAMA AFRIKA E.V.
Mama Afrika e. V. (registered association) is a recognised African-German non-profit association. The main goal of the association is to fight against female genital mutilation. Since the sudden and unexpected death of the founder Hadja Kitagbe Kaba in May 2015, her children Tiranké Diallo, Souleymane Diallo and Aminata Diallo have been continuing their mother’s matter of heart with great commitment. In the previous two years the association has managed to finalise a kindergarten in Kankan (Guinea). The next goal is to found a school where children and their parents will be educated about the causes and consequences of female genital mutilation.
Millions of people worldwide are suffering from defective vision, but cannot afford normal glasses. The organization OneDollarGlasses provides the solution: lightweight, robust and affordable glasses which are produced by local people on a simple bending machine. The goal of OneDollarGlasses is a continuous and independent basic eye care for people in developing countries. In Africa, OneDollarGlasses is active in Ethiopia, Benin, Burkina Faso and Malawi
© DAHW/Andreas Müller, Missio
GERMAN LEPROSY AND TUBERCULOSIS AID
The non-governmental organisation “DAHW” focuses on neglected tropical diseases, which are caused by poverty. The staff of the organisation will show the visitors what they have already achieved in African countries by revealing a glimpse into the worldwide commitment. At the information booth they will also inform visitors about Tanzania and their local cooperation project with Missionsärztliche Klinik (Medical Mission Hospital) on the topic of bilharzia.
© s. Oliver
S.OLIVER & AFRO PROJECT E. V.
This year, too, the international fashion and lifestyle company s.Oliver will be supporting the 30th International Africa Festival. There will be a charity event with the non-profit organisation “Afro Project e.V.” (registered association). As in the previous years, visitors can participate in a photo session. The proceeds will go to the “Mama Afrika” association. The aim of the association is to stop the dangerous tradition of female genital mutilation. There will be a booth in the bamboo hall where visitors can get information about the non-profit work of “Mama Afrika”.
© Matthias Steinbach
MÉDECINS SANS FRONTIÈRES
Médecins sans Frontières was founded in 1971 by a group of French doctors as a private, nongovernmental humanitarian organization. They set themselves the task to provide medical relief in crisis or conflict areas, regardless of religious, ethnical or political interests. MSF is independent, neutral and impartial and operates free from bureaucratic constraints. In order to preserve this inde pendence, MSF is mainly funded through private donations. In 1999, the organization was awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize for their work. MSF provides worldwide medical emergency assistance in more than 70 countries. The majority of the projects are currently in Africa.
WITH/ABOUT AFRICA: 30 YEARS OF RESEARCH AND TEACHING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WÜRZBURG
Celebrating 30 years of the International Africa Festival, the University of Würzburg‘s Forum Afrikazentrum will present a fascinating exhibition on Africa-related research, teaching and cooperation projects in the University tent. Thirty years of intensive scientific envolvement with Africa and with African partners will be displayed. The focus will be on the zoological research on biodiversity on Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), the university’s biological research station in Comoé National Park (Ivory Coast) and the work of the BEBUC scholarship programme in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Futhermore, the exhibition will provide insights into research in the field of natural products chemistry and the Missio Clinic’s Tropical Institute´s involvement in the fight against infectious diseases such as malaria, AIDS or bilharziosis. Geographical climate research examines the consequences of climate change on the population of West Africa. The humanities are participating in Africa-related research by asking questions such as: How is the colonial past dealt with in African literature, art and music? Looking back on 30 years of research activities in Africa and presenting current cooperation projects, these and many other questions will be answered in the University tent.
Dr. Julien Bobineau, email@example.com, phone: 0931 31-83826
Timo Lowinger M.A., firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 0931 31-83616
The research station in Comoé National Park (Ivory Coast) | © Erik Frank
© August Stich
- 27 May
BEING BLACK AND GERMAN
Panel discussion at the Havana Club on 03 June 2018, at 11 a.m.
Host: Sarah BerghToday, there are almost one million black people living in Germany – in a society dominated by white people. The panel discussion takes up the topic and we have invited four impressive people who will not only talk about their personal experiences with racism, but also about how they use their work and commitment to reveal and overcome discriminating and racist structures in Germany. As an introduction to the topic the documentary Afro.Germany will be shown at the ARTE cinema tent on Saturday evening, 2 June 2018 at 08.30 pm. The following people will take part in the panel discussion at the Havana Club on Sunday, 3 June 2018 at 11 am.Raphael Dernbach (member of ISD, Munich)Raphael Dernbach studied economics in Munich, co-authored two books (Spiegelblicke), is living in Munich with his two children and has been dedicatedly working for the “Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland e.V.” (Initiative of Black People in Germany) for 30 years. The aim of the initiative is to represent the interests of black people in Germany.
© Raphael DernbachJermain Raffington (host and basketball player, Berlin)After a two-year study stay in the USA, in 2007, Raffington, the son of a German mother and a Jamaican father, became a professional basketball player in Germany. Ever since he has ended his professional sports career, he has been working as a producer and host of VICE Media in Berlin. In his autonomously produced web series schwarzrotgold.tv Jermain focuses on the life and experiencesof black Germans.
© Jermain RaffingtonJana Pareigis (host at ZDF, Berlin)Jana Pareigis is a TV host of the ZDF morning magazine and she is also working as a freelance journalist. She is the author and director of the TV documentary “Afro.Germany” in which she talks about her experiences as a black person in Germany. Jana Pareigis studied political sciences and Africana Studies in Hamburg, New York and Berlin and subsequently completed a journalistic traineeship at Deutschen Welle.
© Maurice WeissTiranke Diallo (Mama Afrika e.V., Berlin)Guinea-native Tiranke Diallo is the chairwoman of the initiative Mama Afrika e. V. and consultant for FGM. Her mother who founded the initiative was afflicted by female genital mutilation. Tiranke Diallo was born in France and grew up in Germany. She is a trained office clerk and has worked in human resource management for years. She considers herself a black German.
© Tiranke Diallo
- 22 Feb
Ibrahima Ndiaye from Senegal | © Bugs Steffen
The children’s programme is a permanent feature of the Africa Festival. This year it will again take place in a circus tent, so that our youngest visitors have their own little area and are protected if it rains. The Senegalese author and musician Ibrahima Ndiaye will lead trough the programme. He knows how to entertain his young audience with his own unique mix of traditional storytelling, pantomime, percussion, dancing and singing.
The African artistic ensemble Adesa from Ghana will leave the children amazed. This year, from Friday to Sunday, they’ll feature an African clown and an acrobatics show in the multi-tent and a street parade. Children of all ages will also be provided with space and entertainment outside of the children’s tent: “Karibuni Watoto – Welcome, Children!” will be the name of the closed-off children’s area, where there will be a huge amount of games on offer, away from the hustle and bustle of the main festival. We’re pleased that s.Oliver is helping us with the organisation of the children’s area this year. There will be a breastfeeding area, nappy-changing facilities and relaxation possibilities in the “Family Area”.
The children’s area is open daily from noon to 8:00 pm, and entrance is free of charge for visitors of the festival.
Fly | © Mario Gerth
Love | © Mario Gerth
Acrobatic - ADESA | © Bugs Steffen
- 22 Feb
BAZAAR AND FOOD
Food | © Peter Schuhmann
The bazaar has lots on offer once again, such as African percussion and musical instruments, books and CDs with a traditional and modern African sound. Extraordinary clothing and materials, jewellery and sculptures, masks and artistic and practical objects will also enthuse visitors. In order to indulge in fine food, the bazaar and food area will be offering African and oriental delicacies to you from Thursday to Sunday (11:00 am - 11:00 pm). This year, you can enjoy among others dishes from Senegal, Ethiopia, Morocco, Cameroon and Ruanda!
OASIS OF BEAUTY & RELAXATION
© Mario Gerth
Away from the turmoil of the festival visitors can take a break from everyday life at our new oasis of relaxation, where they can chill-out in deck chairs or enjoy stuffed dates and Moroccan tea. Big trees, parasols and the authentic Moroccan royal tent provide shade. Women who do henna tattoos or braid hair will make you even prettier.
- 09 Nov
MADE IN AFRICAThe 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 directly from Senegal, Mauretania and Mali. This year, Rama Diaw is presenting a fashion show which connects contemporary creations and traditional Senegalese items form her region and the city of Saint Louis, a world heritage city . A second show “African child” will be dedicated to children. Their wellbeing and their education are key challenges for the development of the emerging continent. Rama is working daily in partnership with women from villages in the surrounding of Saint-Louis, contributing via entrepreneurship to increase their family revenues.
The fashion show will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 and at 4:30 pm next to the Havana Club.
- 01 Feb
Antonia and Sandra Knoll from the winerie „Am Stein“
Due to our anniversary and the great success in 2009/2010, there will again be a tent with a terrace directly on the banks of the river that is exclusively reserved to wine. There are exclusive wines both here in Franconia and in South Africa, after all. Therefore, we have again invited two wineries from the Cape Region in South Africa – Thandi and Cape Dreams – to present their wines. At the same time,
Vineyards of "Thandi" at Stellenbosch
An employee of "Cape Dreams" at harvest
the winery „Am Stein“ in Würzburg, a top Franconian winegrower, will be presenting its noble grapes. So there will be the opportunity to taste wines from two different growing areas in direct comparison and to get expert advice. Both South African wineries are special because they are predominantly or completely owned by coloured people, whereas the South African wine industry still is widely in white hands. Cape Dreams is a company of 100% “black economic empowerment”. "Thandi" is the first wine brand in the world to receive Fairtrade accreditation. Both companies produce wines of the highest quality. In support of the new South Africa, the Africa Festival has invited these two wine-growing estates to Würzburg. The winery „Am Stein” has been cultivating some of the most prestigious locations in Franconia, currently already in the 5th generation and since 2006 even ecologically. At the Africa Festival 2018 Antonia Knoll, the daughter of the house, will be presenting the winery and its wines. Besides outstanding quality, which secured the winery its membership in Verband deutscher Prädikatsweingüter (the Association of German wine estates with distinction, abbreviated VDP) in 2001, it also stands for ecological winegrowing and remarkable architecture.
- 24 Jan
Like every year, visitors can get to know traditional music from West Africa (Guinea, the Gambia, Senegal and Ghana) under the bridge next to the bazaar. They can listen to different percussion instruments like saba, djembe and doun-doun. The Senegalese kora player Saliou Cissoko from Casamance adds calm and relaxing sounds.
Saliou Cissokho © Bugs Steffen
- 07 Feb
Street Parade | © Bugs Steffen
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 and 2:45 pm respectively acrobatics and music group Adesa will present a breathtaking street parade. The parade will start at the children’s tent and move across the festival ground and will pick up the young audience along the way right when the children’s programme starts.
Music & Acrobatics Adesa | © Bugs Steffen
- 30 Jan
30 YEARS INTERNATIONAL AFRICA FESTIVAL
EXHIBITIONS – IMPRESSIONS
© Mario Gerth
In the last 30 years we have presented numerous exhibitions of renowned and talented photographers like e.g. Bugs Steffen, Mario Gerth, Angele Etoundi Essamba, Thomas Dorn and Jürgen Schadeberg. This year we will show a selection of these photos, which were taken in Africa, as well as during the Africa Festival, again and put them up for sale. The proceeds will go to Afro Project (registered association), which will use the money to support a school in the Gambia and a kindergarten in Guinea.
The exhibition will take place at the public library (Marktplatz 9, 97070 Würzburg) and Hugendubel bookstore (Kürschnerhof 4, 97070 Würzburg) from 24 April to 8 June 2018.
“AFRICA FESTIVAL QUEENS”
PHOTO EXHIBITION BY BUGS STEFFEN
© Bugs Steffen
Speyer-born photographer Bugs Steffen has been accompanying and documenting the biggest festival for African music in Würzburg since its 6th edition in 1994. Visitors could already admire three of his exhibitions: “Amee – African Artists in Concert”, “Akwaaba – Welcome to Ghana” and the last one honouring the 25th anniversary of the festival called “Encounters – 25 years of Africa Festival Würzburg”. This year, he came up with something special. As the festival, too, has always been strengthening the role of women from the African continent and within the diaspora, this time he will dedicate his review on the years 2013 to 2017 to them. Whether they are musicians, fashion models or Djanes; they present their African roots proudly and expressively in a way that crosses borders.
The exhibition takes place from 26 April to 31 August 2018 at the University of Würzburg (Sanderring 2, 97070 Würzburg).
- 16 JanThe Havana Club is a well established place to meet at the Africa Festival – it is all about Cuban rum and Caribbean music. During the day, people can meet to have a cup of coffee and to relax. Later at night, it transforms into a disco bar where various brands of rum and Cuban cocktails can be tasted, while hot music is being played by our DJs. Thursday and Friday, DJ Yambo & DJ Yannek will heat up the club with Afro-Latin music. Saturday and Sunday, Selecter Manitu of the Lucky Punch Soundsystem and his daughter DJane Afropunk play afrobeats and reggaeton as well as dancehall and reggae.
Disco time at the Havana Club is from Thursday to Saturday from 9:00 pm to 2:00 am and on Sunday from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
Our multi-tent also catches the vibe at night – legendary DJ Hi John from Jamaica will celebrate a hot reggae party – and you are invited!
Thursday to Saturday from 7:00 pm to midnight.
© Havana Club
OPEN AIR COCKTAIL-LOUNGEIn the new cocktail lounge visitors can enjoy different cocktails from 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Original Cuban cocktail classics like Mojito and Cuba Libre will be served. A chill-out area with comfortable deckchairs, umbrellas and Cuban music invites visitors to relax.