Africa Festival, Würzburg
Africa Festival, Würzburg © Matthias Merz

Africa Festival in Würzburg: a whole continent comes to the city

The International Africa Festival, founded in 1989, is the largest festival for African music and culture in Europe. Since its launch, more than 1.8 million visitors from Germany and abroad have flocked to the former royal seat of Würzburg in Bavaria to experience the rich culture and exuberance of Africa.

It's not every day in Germany that you can listen to music from Aruba, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Ghana, Mali, the Cape Verde islands, Senegal and North Africa – all the more reason to enjoy it at the International Africa Festival in Würzburg. Across four stages and in front of 100,000 people, more than 250 musicians and dancers give a real taste of Africa's rich musical traditions. Besides concerts, there are colourful bazaars selling handicrafts and everyday objects, countless stands serving delicious African food and drink, a craft market, children's entertainment, exhibitions, a late-night programme featuring African and Caribbean DJs and a university marquee showcasing the cultures of different African countries. The ARTE cinema tent screens a programme of films from the year's featured countries. This is a fantastic event, easygoing and exuberant, packed with music, art and entertainment and exciting cultural exchanges – a homage to Africa and its people. What better way to experience the colourful culture of Africa!

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