Africa is recognized for some awesome classic festivals that showcase the wealthy and diverse cultures discovered across the continent. But it is also house to a increasing quantity of modern day-day festivals, designed in the existing era and celebrating the vibrancy of music and arts in Africa now. In this weblog, we are taking a appear at some of the continent’s finest modern day-day festivals.
Lake of Stars, Malawi
This 3-day music and culture knowledge, hosted at the finish of September, sees more than 5000 festivalgoers coming to the shores of Lake Malawi. For guests seeking for much more than African wildlife safaris, Lake of Stars festival has continued to act as a beacon for Malawi’s exceptional cultural and all-natural attractions, drawing in ever much more guests and gaining a big quantity of international exposure.
Lake of Stars plays a pivotal function in assisting nearby artists showcase their talent alongside acts from Europe and North America. Even though classic music and dance are represented at the festival, the principal concentrate is on the modern. With the likes of Malawian hip-hop, singer-songwriters, Afro-pop and psychedelic gospel, Lake of Stars caters to everyone’s interests, which is why this festival goes from strength to strength and has not too long ago celebrated its 15th year.
“This festival is about altering perceptions.”
MTN Bushfire, Eswatini
Bushfire festival, named as BBC’s Leading African Festival, is held in the last weekend of May possibly and draws a multi-generational worldwide neighborhood of up to 20,000 to the scenic Malkerns Valley to knowledge an eclectic Pan-African and international line-up of reside music, theatre, poetry, film, circus, dance and visual arts. A vibrant handcraft market place, loved ones-friendly performances & Kid Zone as effectively as the newly introduced interactive art and dialogue space, make a really diverse & magical 3-day entertainment knowledge.
Spread more than 3 days, the festival can sometime feels like 3 distinctive festivals, beginning with Friday introducing lesser-recognized folk and classic bands. The Saturday providing stadium-like concerts with radio-friendly songs, and Sunday’s day festival bringing the large names that appeal across several generations.
Natron 100, Tanzania
Each and every November, this exceptional 3-day, two-evening festival unfolds in the awesome sand dunes of Lake Natron in Northern Tanzania. A celebration of nature, culture and adventure, this festival gives substantially much more than just music – a gastronomic thrill with signature cocktails and free of charge-flowing wine, adventure, and excellent music.
There are only 100 tickets offered, and the festival wristbands are handmade by the nearby Maasai girls. This wristband provides you access to free of charge activities for the duration of the weekend, like rock climbing, waterfall hikes, and viewing flamingos and fossilised footprints. In addition to free of charge activities, guests also get free of charge wine, beer, evening meals, and a brunch on the final day of the festival.
The Nile River Festival, Uganda
If it is thrill and excitement that you appear for in an occasion, welcome to Africa’s biggest and longest operating white water festival. This 4-day occasion, taking spot in January tends to make the most of some of the largest rapids in the globe and celebrates all that the River Nile has to give. This festival attracts some of the finest kayakers from all more than the globe to compete for the champion title.
This year, the festival and its guests saw the introduction of the mountain biking race as effectively, and the very first ever freestyle white water rafting occasion. It is nonetheless a festival so the likes of the obligatory parties, reside music and common festival vibes are also pretty present.
With the imminent Isimba dam currently effectively below way the final handful of years of Nile River Festival are swiftly approaching. So be certain to get oneself to Uganda to love this exceptional occasion prior to it is also late.
Livingstone Cultural Festival, Zambia
April is a good time to pay a visit to Zambia. Not only is the Victoria Falls at its fullest, but the Livingstone International Cultural Arts Festival is held – celebrating its fiveth year in 2019. Held for the duration of the Freedom Day extended weekend, guests have the chance to indulge in classic cuisine and celebrate Zambian culture. Guests knowledge the energy of African music and culture at the annual occasion that showcases the finest Zambia has to give. From music, art, to thrilling adventure activities like bungee jumping and helicopter rides, this festival really is the epitome of Zambian culture.
And if that wasn’t adequate, there could even be a possibility to see a lunar rainbow more than the Vitoria Falls. So, no matter if you are a foodie, thrill seeker, or a culture vulture, there is some thing for everybody at Livingstone International Cultural Arts Festival.
Kelly White is Director of the Malawi Travel Advertising and marketing Consortium. Malawi Travel Advertising and marketing Consortium aims to offer you with the finest info to make Malawi your tourism location.
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