Welcome to our 31st International Africa Festival at Mainwiesen
in Würzburg! We would like to thank you, dear audience, again for having contributed in the celebration of the wonderful anniversary festival last year. Artists who were close to your
and our hearts and who have been making the festival as a permanent institution successful over all these years made this festival unforgettable. None other than Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier himself showed how important the festival is especially during these times. He inaugurated the festival in 2018. We will continue to courageously proceed as there are many more musical treasures to explore on the African continent and the corresponding diaspora.
We start our journey to the black continent in the Caribbean in a colourful and rhythmic way: with one of the best steel bands in the world. For the first time in a long while, we will be having a street parade from the islands of Aruba and Curacao again. The highlight of this day will be the legendary Calypso Rose who has already enthused the audience of the festival tent several years ago.
We are particularly proud that we were able to book 10 bands and artists who have never performed at the Africa Festival before or in Germany thanks to the voting and the many contributions of our audience. With the Ndlovu Youth Choir there will even be a choir from South Africa performing for the first time on the main stage. Furthermore, you will surely be excited about the debut of the afrobeat women of Kokoroko or the show of Mokoomba.
Be sure to visit the university of Würzburg when you have a moment. The world-famous photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher will be presenting an insight into rituals of the African continent, which have almost disappeared, with their extraordinary exhibition “African Twilight”.
With the wonderful basar, the programme in the children’s tent for which we were able to book Adesa and storyteller Ibu again, the daily fashion show of the Senegalese fashion designer Rama Diaw, our DJs in the Havana Club, as well as the ARTE cinema tent and the wine tent we will of course feature many of your belo-ved evergreens again. The cultural TV channel ARTE is again the partner of the 31st Africa festival and will be presenting the cinema tent on the festival ground for the eleventh time with a programme featuring films about music and culture of West Africa and the Caribbean.
“Different Colors – One People!“ – with this festival motto we are looking forward to your visit and wish you wonderful days at the festival!
Your Afro Project team