To mark the formation of the African Union (AU), previously known as the Organisation of African Unity (PAU), May 25this celebrated as Africa Day. It is extra special this year, with the body marking its golden jubilee. The official celebration will take place at the AU’s headquarters in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, the same city that hosted the inaugural summit in 1963. Fifty years on, thousands are expected to fill the city’s National Stadium for a day of celebrations that will include a youth parade, a music show, and a soccer match.
There are plenty of other celebrations taking place across the continent, and globe. Here’s a sample of some of the events on our radar:
“An eclectic mix of music” is promised to those looking to attend Johannesburg’s annual Africa Day concert. Hosted at the famous Bassline club in Newtown, musicians have been invited from across the continent – including Cameroon, Nigeria and Zimbabwe – will perform at the event.
In Cape Town, the Artscape Theatre will “honour our continent’s rich heritage with a musical tribute to raw rhythms and beautiful beats”. Expect indigenous jazz performances and some of best young voices in the country through the SA Youth Choir.
Still in South Africa, Durban’s International Convention Centre hosts the African Renaissance Conference that will culminate in the Africa Day Concert, with performances from some of the country’s best musicians, including Lira and Mafikizolo.
If you’re in New York, head to Brooklyn. BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) is hosting DanceAfrica. Already in its 36thyear, it is the largest festival dedicated to African dance in the United States. The show runs concurrently with FilmAfrica, featuring fiction and documentary films from countries including Egypt, Kenya, and South Africa.
Australia plays host to at least two big Africa Day events. Celebrations in Melbourne include a Gala Dinner and a Performing Arts Extravaganza featuring South African Stompers and traditional Ethiopian dancers. Brisbane’s Africa Day Festival takes place on Sunday, May 28, promising to showcase African art, clothing, dance, music and food.
In neighbouring New Zealand, the Wellington Town Hall will host an Africa Day market, with food stalls, arts and crafts, as well as live music.
If you’re in Ireland check out the national flagship festival, Africa Day Dublin. Festivities include an art exhibition, a book club discussion, and a special Kids Zone where children will be taught how to play the African board game, Ayo.
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