As the year progresses, travellers and festival enthusiasts are getting ready for when they can hop from country to country looking for the best congregations of people with similar interests who are looking for a festival to party with others from across the diaspora. If this is you or if you are simply looking for one festival close to you to attend this year, then we have you covered with a fine selection of diaspora festivals from the coming year you should keep an eye out for.
From Africon to Afrochella, here are the five African diaspora festivals you should keep your eyes out for this year.
AFRICON is the conference that brings together pop culture, music, food, innovation, activism, education & more from the global Black Diaspora. This event which coincides with Africa Day aims to celebrate the diversity of the African Continent and the Diaspora through the lens of entertainment, media, technology and leadership all to unite the Black diaspora. This year it will be taking place from May 25th to May 27th 2023.
Billed as the world’s biggest afrobeats festival, Afro Nation is an annual three-day music festival produced by Live Nation, Event Horizon, Smade Entertainment, and Memories of Tomorrow. This year, Afromnation will be taking place at Portimao, the Algarve, Portugal from 28th to 30th June 2023.
CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
The Cape Town International Jazz Festival is an annual music festival held in Cape Town, South Africa. The first one was held from 2000 to 2005 and is recognized as the fourth-largest jazz festival in the world and the largest jazz festival on the African continent. This year, it will be taking place at the International Convention Center, Cape Town, South Africa and from Friday, March 17, 2023 – Saturday, March 18, 2023.
Formerly known as Afrochella, Afrofuture is a Ghanaian music festival that attempts to be a celebration of Africa’s diverse culture and the vibrant work of African creatives & entrepreneurs.
Afropunk Festival is an annual arts festival that features music, film, fashion, and art produced by alternative black artists. In the past, Afropunk has held festivals in Brooklyn, Johannesburg and more. While tickets and locations for this year are yet to be announced, we can expect they’ll be hitting across the diaspora to further bring everyone together.