Festivals in Africa

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Travel connects with all four senses of experience - sight, sound, taste and feel. Festivals connect to these senses, and there are some amazing events happening in Africa.

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The Dithubaruba Cultural Festival - 31 August - 01 September. Hosted by Molepolole's Kgari Sechele Museum, Ntsweng commonly called Kwa-ga-Mmakgosi for a fun-filled day of diverse cultural festiveties in music and dance, traditional Bakwena food varieties, attire and folk culture celebrations.

The Dithubaruba Cultural Festival - 31 August - 01 September. Hosted by Molepolole's Kgari Sechele Museum, Ntsweng commonly called Kwa-ga-Mmakgosi for a fun-filled day of diverse cultural festiveties in music and dance, traditional Bakwena food varieties, attire and folk culture celebrations.

Timkat. Gondar - 19 January 2014. Timkat, which means "baptism" in Amharic, is the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church's celebration of Epiphany*, which represents the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. The Timkat celebration in Gondar is considered the most colorful, vibrant festival of the year.

Timkat. Gondar - 19 January 2014. Timkat, which means "baptism" in Amharic, is the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church's celebration of Epiphany*, which represents the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. The Timkat celebration in Gondar is considered the most colorful, vibrant festival of the year.

Madajazzcar - 01 - 12 October 2014 The origins of the Festival International Madajazzcar dates back to October 1988. The foundation of the jazz club "AFT"  sealed the revival of jazz Malagasy.

Madajazzcar - Madajazzcar

Madajazzcar - 01 - 12 October 2014 The origins of the Festival International Madajazzcar dates back to October 1988. The foundation of the jazz club "AFT" sealed the revival of jazz Malagasy.

Chizangala – Gule wamkulu Festival. June 2014. Also known as ‘the Great Dance’, Gule wamkulu is performed at the request of the village headman on the occasion of funerals of village members, puberty initiations, and the installation of chiefs and is part of the legacy of royal ritual inherited from the Chewa past.

Chizangala – Gule wamkulu Festival. June 2014. Also known as ‘the Great Dance’, Gule wamkulu is performed at the request of the village headman on the occasion of funerals of village members, puberty initiations, and the installation of chiefs and is part of the legacy of royal ritual inherited from the Chewa past.

Festival Mawazine Rythmes Du Monde. 30 May - 07 June 2014. Nine days of free music without borders. The 12th edition of a festival attracted 2.5 million viewers of all ages, who came to celebrate the world's best artists and Morocco.

Festival Mawazine

Festival Mawazine Rythmes Du Monde. 30 May - 07 June 2014. Nine days of free music without borders. The 12th edition of a festival attracted 2.5 million viewers of all ages, who came to celebrate the world's best artists and Morocco.

Umojafest - 26 - 28 October “Umoja” is a Swahili word which means “unity”, is the main theme of the festival. An artistic and cultural extravaganza that uniquely touches the spirit of the community.

Umojafest - 26 - 28 October “Umoja” is a Swahili word which means “unity”, is the main theme of the festival. An artistic and cultural extravaganza that uniquely touches the spirit of the community.

Sakifo Music Festival - 23 - 25 May 2014. The 11th edition  of the Sakifo music festival takes place on the site of the White St Pierre Ravine in Reunion. Since 2004, SAKIFO has provided music fans with everything they want, hence the name Sakifo, which means “enough” in the Reunion Creole language.

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Sakifo Music Festival - 23 - 25 May 2014. The 11th edition of the Sakifo music festival takes place on the site of the White St Pierre Ravine in Reunion. Since 2004, SAKIFO has provided music fans with everything they want, hence the name Sakifo, which means “enough” in the Reunion Creole language.

Carnaval International de Victoria. 25 - 27 April. The 5th edition of the Seychelles International Carnival of Victoria will once again become a focal point for representatives from the world’s most famous carnivals who will be invited to the islands to take part in this exciting international event.

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Carnaval International de Victoria. 25 - 27 April. The 5th edition of the Seychelles International Carnival of Victoria will once again become a focal point for representatives from the world’s most famous carnivals who will be invited to the islands to take part in this exciting international event.

AfrikaBurn. 28 April - 04 May. AfrikaBurn is the spectacular result of the creative expression of participants who gather once a year in the Tankwa Karoo to create a temporary city of art, theme camps, costume, music and performance! AfrikaBurn’s aim is to be radically inclusive and accessible to anyone.

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AfrikaBurn. 28 April - 04 May. AfrikaBurn is the spectacular result of the creative expression of participants who gather once a year in the Tankwa Karoo to create a temporary city of art, theme camps, costume, music and performance! AfrikaBurn’s aim is to be radically inclusive and accessible to anyone.

Oppikoppi Festival - Limpopo, South Africa. 07-09 August 2014. Founded in 1994, Oppikoppi (derived from the Afrikaans “op die koppie” or “on the hill”) is South Africa’s single largest music festival with attendance topping 20,000 revelers in 2012.

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Oppikoppi Festival - Limpopo, South Africa. 07-09 August 2014. Founded in 1994, Oppikoppi (derived from the Afrikaans “op die koppie” or “on the hill”) is South Africa’s single largest music festival with attendance topping 20,000 revelers in 2012.

Marula Festival. 17-19 February. The Marula festival, known locally as ‘Emaganwini’, begins in February when the fruit is harvested by women and children and continues until March. The unripe green fruit falls from the tree and is stored until it ripens to a creamy yellow colour, it is then soaked with water and sugar to ferment and make Marula beer, the traditional toast of the festival.

Marula Festival. 17-19 February. The Marula festival, known locally as ‘Emaganwini’, begins in February when the fruit is harvested by women and children and continues until March. The unripe green fruit falls from the tree and is stored until it ripens to a creamy yellow colour, it is then soaked with water and sugar to ferment and make Marula beer, the traditional toast of the festival.

Zanzibar - Sauti za Busara Festival. 13 - 16 February 2014. Dubbed as the ‘the Friendliest Festival on the Planet’ the 11th edition of Sauti za Busara 2014 will feature around 30 music groups representing the best in African music (and its Diaspora) over 4 nights in historic Stone Town.

Sauti za Busara – 12 – 13 February 2021

Zanzibar - Sauti za Busara Festival. 13 - 16 February 2014. Dubbed as the ‘the Friendliest Festival on the Planet’ the 11th edition of Sauti za Busara 2014 will feature around 30 music groups representing the best in African music (and its Diaspora) over 4 nights in historic Stone Town.

Bayimba International Festival - 19 - 21 September 2014. Kampala comes alive as a vibrant and eventful city when an unparalleled feast of music, dance, theatre, film, and visual arts from renowned and upcoming artists are staged for 7th edition of the Bayimba International Festival of the Arts.

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Bayimba International Festival - 19 - 21 September 2014. Kampala comes alive as a vibrant and eventful city when an unparalleled feast of music, dance, theatre, film, and visual arts from renowned and upcoming artists are staged for 7th edition of the Bayimba International Festival of the Arts.

Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA). 29 April to 4 May 2014. HIFA is a 6-day annual festival that showcases the very best of local, regional and international arts and culture in a comprehensive festival programme of theatre, dance, music, circus, street performance, spoken word and visual arts. together to celebrate something positive – the healing and constructive capacity of the arts.

Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA)

Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA). 29 April to 4 May 2014. HIFA is a 6-day annual festival that showcases the very best of local, regional and international arts and culture in a comprehensive festival programme of theatre, dance, music, circus, street performance, spoken word and visual arts. together to celebrate something positive – the healing and constructive capacity of the arts.