Africa World Festivals & Events
Africa World Festivals and Events is a celebration of African heritage and offers a wide range of incredible festivals and events that showcase the dynamic cultural heritage and artistic works of the African people. One of the best ways to fully experience one of these celebrations is by participating in one of our below tours.
Fespaco, the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou ( Festival Panafricain du Cinema et de la Television de Ouagadougou ) was founded in 1969 in Burkina Faso. It is biennial week long cultural celebration and is the largest gathering of African film enthusiasts.
Timkat Festival, is a colorful event commemorating the baptism of Christ and is the most important religious festival in the Ethiopia calendar. It is celebrated all over Ethiopia, but in Lalibela you will find the most spectacular religious festivals and photography as this is the town that is famous for the rock hewn churches.
Akwasidae Festival, celebrated by the chiefs and people of the Ashanti Kingdom as well as the Ashanti diaspora. The Asantehene (King of Ashante) meets his subjects and subordinate chiefs in the courtyard at the Manhyia Palace.
Panafest, the Pan-African Historical Theater Festival is a cultural event that is organized every two years and participants come from around the world. The celebration is focused on the ideals of Pan Africanism and African development. The group festivities include music, dance, carnivals and a Grand Durbar of traditional African chiefs.
Festival in the Desert, ( Festival au Desert ) is an annual Tuareg celebration and Spector Travel is one of the only US tour operators with a scheduled departure to the festival. The three day event brings well known musicians from around the world to this Tuareg culture spectacle. The gathering is held in Essakane near Timbuktu, in the Sahara Desert and the program is combined with a tour of Djenne, Dogon Country, Mopti, Segou and Bamako.
Festival on the Niger, (Festival sur le Niger) is one of Mali’s most popular music, dance and art festivals. Learn about Malian traditional and contemporary culture, music, dance, arts and crafts; textile, pottery, sculpture, jewelry and see piroque ( canoe ) races. The festival is combined with a tour to the historic regions of Mopti, Djenne, Timbuktu, Dogon Country and Bamako.
Fez Festival of World Sacred Music, is an internationally recognized concert of musical performances which honor the diversity of all faiths. The program incorporates a journey filled with spiritual music and is one festival that should not be missed.
Essaouira Gnaoua World Music Festival, is a mesmerizing concert that celebrates the mysterious music of the Gnaouas and takes place in Essaouira, Morocco. The event attracts a large number of festival goers and provides a rich cultural experience that is combined with a tour of Morocco.
Saint Louis Jazz Festival and Dak’Art, brings together some of the finest jazz musicians across the globe, along with being able to discover the African art world and the Senegalese art and music scene.
Cape Town International Jazz Festival, is a prestigious gathering where fans come from all corners of the globe to listen to an exciting line up of great jazz artists, including both African as well as international stars. The two day festival is combined with a tour of the highlights of South Africa.
International Roots Festival, offers educational, cultural and traditional activities. The celebration is promoted to attract people of African descent throughout the world and provides an opportunity to participate in seminars including workshops on African development.
International Festival of the Sahara, is an annual festival that takes place in Douz, Tunisia an oasis at the edge of the Sahara. The event celebrates the traditions of the Sahara desert with camel races, belly dancing and singing. The festival is combined with a tour of the best attractions in Tunisia.