What’s on This weekend: Africa Utopia at Southbank Centre

Africa Utopia, the arts and creative workshop showcasing some of the best creative ideas to come out of the African continent is back for the third year. The three day event held at London’s Southbank centre features fascinating and exciting events that reflect the richness of African culture and heritage and in some cases, what to expect from African creatives based at home and in the diaspora.

If you’re looking for a fun filled day with the family or a chilled out way to spend what’s left of this year’s summer, check out our selection of events from the line up atAfrica Utopia:


Film Africa

Photo: Africa Utopia

Photo: Africa Utopia

Drop in to screenings of short films that have received awards atFilm Africa.

The films won the Baobab Award for Best Short Film, an award that recognises and supports film-making in Africa and highlights new talent emerging from the continent.

Film Africa is the Royal African Society’s annual festival celebrating the best cinema from across the continent and the diaspora.

Kanyekanye (Dir. Miklas Manneke)
When They Slept (Dir. Maryam Touzani)
Mwansa the Great (Dir. Rungano Nyoni)

Thursday 10 – Sunday 13 September

10am – 10pm

Level 2 Foyers (Blue Side) at Royal Festival Hall


Phoebe Bowsell- Transit Terminal

Photo: Africa Utopia

Photo: Africa Utopia

Artist Phoebe Boswell uses visual media to explore global, fragmented narratives like her own.

Born in Kenya to a Kikuyu mother and fourth-generation British-Kenyan father, Pheobe was brought up as an expatriate in the Middle East before coming to London where she now lives and works.

Phoebe says ‘I have always had a delicate understanding of the meaning of “home”.’ As such her history, identity and work is rooted in themes of migration and a personal exploration of home.

Transit Terminal features 12 figures. FNA-CKY-CDG-LHR – the title for the child figure – describes a child’s journey from Freetown, Conakry, Charles de Gaulle to London Heathrow.

Thursday 10 – Sunday 13 September

10am – 10pm


The African Street Food Take Over

street food

Photo: Africa Utopia

Experience Pop Up Africa’s street food takeover, bringing together irresistible stalls from across the continent.

No celebration of Africa and its culture would be complete without delicious food from its many cuisines, so for the first time in Africa Utopia’s history Pop Up Africa presents The African Street Food Takeover.

It features up to 30 stalls of authentic African street food from countries across the continent, meaning you can expect to be transported to some of the most vibrant cultures on earth. Sample the aromas and flavours of cities from Lagos to Lilongwe.

Pop Up Africa, known for its support of African creative entrepreneurs and experiential shopping events such as Africa at Spitalfields, looks forward to bringing a true taste of the continent to Southbank Centre, in conjunction with the three-day Africa Utopiafestival.

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