TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX

Tickets: free and some talks require booking, buy a weekend pass online

Discover art and ideas from Africa that are changing the world. Championed by Africa Utopia artistic collaborator, Senegalese singer and human rights advocate Baaba Maal, Africa Utopia presents talks, workshops, music and performances that celebrate the arts and culture of one of the world’s most dynamic and fast-changing continents.

Highlights include the return of Chineke! Orchestra, following their debut at the festival last year, and Mandela Trilogy, an epic operatic tribute to Nelson Mandela.

The programme features a host of artists, activists and entrepreneurs. Speakers include Senegalese musician and activist, Baaba Maal; author of Rape: A South African Crisis, Professor Pumla Gqola; and former UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Baroness Valerie Amos.

Explore social power dynamics in a play by Adura Onashile, learn traditional and contemporary African dance, listen to inspiring spoken word and discover the kaleidoscopic sounds of Asya Sattiโ€™s blues and soul.

Plus, you can taste authentic African cuisine from across the continent at our street food market.