The festival ground of the college town Tuebingen will change again next weekend into the place to be for all lovers of the African continent. The 7th Africa Festival takes place from 21th to 24th of July, this year for the first time with a special focus on the Republic of Burundi. There are various activities among this year’s highlights in the field of arts und culture, symposia, an education forum as well as an open exchange regarding the economic and sociocultural development of the African countries. The charitable association AfrikAktiv e.V. which aims at supporting the African dispora in Germany is organising the event. With the Africa Festival they want to offer a platform for African migrants, especially from the area Neckar-Elb. Moreover, the topic refugees plays a central role as they are offering a program to help them get started as well as diverse possibilities to get advice.
There will be again many well-known artists for the musical program this year, besides also newcomers and insider tips. The festival starts on Thursday at 15 o’clock with C. Minaire on the main stage. The three musicians from Cameroon fascinate wih their mix of HipHop, RnB and Reggae and offer an atmospheric festival start. At 17.30 Fyah T. and Next Generation Family will perform live on stage and at 20.00 the Kenyan Empress Black Omolo will play her concert. Omolo gets inspiration from singers like Tracy chapman, Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill and already performed several times on stage in East Africa as well as in Europe. Friday starts with Mamadee (18.30). Besides making music, the African singer who has grown up in Dresden and Cologne is actively commiting herself to the society. At 21.00 Uwe Banton from Bielefeld who has already cooperated with artists like Xavier Naidoo, Gentleman, Luciano, Prezident Brown and Ganjaman will perform his version of roots reggae.
The drumming group Les Maîtres du Burundi will play on Saturday, 23th of July, at 17.00, followed at 18.30 by X-Maleva, a boy band from Cameroon. The 7-person band Kemit 7 – Ruben Binam which is inspiring with Pan-African grooves and many different genres like makossa, rumba, soukous, meringue, jazz, blues, and reggae is performing at 18.30, too. At 20.00 the music duo Taddymoumbê from Cameroon will act on stage as well as Ngoma Africa – The Golden Voice of East at 21.30 which will definitely make the audience dance. At the last day of the festival, there will be gospel: On Sunday at 11.00, visitors can enjoy the performance of the Manita Gospelchor from Heidelberg whose singers stem from various countries. The festival concludes with a concert for children by Adesa Ghana at 15.00. She wants to fascinate the small ones with her „speaking drums“.
Besides the musical highlights on the main stage, there will be an entertaining accompanying programme that caters for all tastes. On the street arts stage vistors can join dancing and drumming workshops. Moreover, AfrikAktiv offers under the slogan „strong for the future“ many creative workshops, dance and theatre and the festival lounge party is an open air stage with many differnt Djs. For those who are interested in poltical and social issues, there will also be social forums to discuss causes of flight, possible solutions and other urgent questions. The forum for society and developement is mainly dealing with economic perspectives and investment opportunities especially in countries south of the Sahara and represents a venue for exchange between investors and companies.
Tickets for the Africa Festival Tuebingen:
Day ticket: 6 euros
Reduced: 4 euros (pupils, trainees, students, refugees, pensioners, disbaled)
Festival ticket: 20 euros (4-day-pass)
Free entrance for childeren up to 12 years
Opening hours of the festival (festival ground):
Thursday: 10.00 – 22.00
Friday: 10.00 – 23.00
Saturday: 10.00 – 23.00
Sunday: 11.00 – 20.00
Further information regarding the musical acts available here.
Moreover, you can have a look at the official festival flyer.