Welcome to our 32nd International Africa Festival at Mainwiesen in Würzburg! We would like to thank you, dear audience, for continuing to remain loyal, as you have been in the years before, and welcome the many new guests, who may have become aware of us upon your recommendation, to enjoy four days of wonderful African atmosphere. With Awa Ly, Angélique Kidjo, Lira, Lura and Nkulee Dube five strong women will accompany you through the concert evenings. Of course, the well-known musicians Habib Koité, Patrice or Moh! Kouyaté from Guinea, who founded the Guinée Music All Stars just for the festival, can easily compare. The Open Stage is always one of the places to discover new music from the black continent or the diaspora. At this stage, his time, nine artists and bands will perform at the festival for the first time or will have their first performance at all in front of a German audience.We want to point out an important project which we present and support this year: ”The Great Green Wall“! It`s an initiative of the African Union, which tries to fight the effects of climate change and desertification by planting a protection wall of trees and plants in the Sahel zone. One of the main campaigners is the musician and actor
Inna Modja from Mali, who can be seen in the film ”The Great Green Wall“ , shown at the ARTE cinema tent. Furthermore, many artists from countries of this region are represented on our music stages. The exhibition ”Faces of Sahel“ from the internationally renowned photographer Mario Gerth will bring the people from the Sahel zone closer to the visitors. Another subject is the sustainability of development projects. One, which is especially well done, is nuruCoffee and respectively nuru-Women. Former Germany´s Next Topmodel Sara Nuru, who founded this food start-up in 2017 with her sister Sali in the home country of her parents Ethiopia, will talk about these projects at Havana Club. We are also happy that Queen Onomrokor III and King Mensah I from Ghana will honor us with their presence this year. You can increase your knowledge of African kingdoms at the exhibition ”Kingdoms of Africa“ from the worldwide renowned photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher at the foyer of the university of Würzburg.
Of course, this year as well, the popular fashion show of the Senegalese designer Rama Diaw or the crazy stories from our Ibu at the children´s tent are must-haves. For those who want to let the festival day end with a lot of swing, we highly recommend the Havana Club, where this year – amongst others - the DJ collective ”Freak de l`Afrique“ will play on Sunday and Monday. The cultural TV channel is again the partner of the 32nd Africa Festival and will be presenting the ARTE cinema tent for the twelfth time with films about African and Caribbean culture and music.
With our festival motto ”Different Colors – One People!“ we are looking forward to your visit and wish you wonderful days at the festival!
Your Afro Project team