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Africa Utopia

Africa Utopia is an annual festival celebrating the arts and culture of one of the world's most dynamic and fast-changing continents. Championed by Senegalese singer and human rights advocate Baaba Maal, this year's vibrant programme features a range of talks, workshops, music, performances, fashion and food.

Chineke!, Europe's first predominantly Black and Minority Ethnic Orchestra, returns to headline on Sunday 16 July. In the talks programme, BAFTA award-winning screenwriter Amma Asante discusses Black filmmaking in Disrupting Expectations, while women's experiences find a voice at Africa: The Future of Feminism.

Fashion, music and art combine in a cat walking collaboration with African Fashion Week London, including the ever-popular People's Catwalk, showcasing the best of African-inspired street style. Get your fill of African food and drink at Pop Up Africa, shop boutiques and pop-ups at the Marketplace or explore London's African and Caribbean history on one of the Black History Walks.

Plus, don't miss Selina Thompson’s performance project salt before it's whisked off to Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Discover Southbank Centre


There’s always something to see and do at Southbank Centre, the bustling arts centre by the river Thames. See shows and exhibitions, take part in vibrant festivals, and look out for free music and events. Enjoy a drink or a meal in one of the many bars and restaurants or soak up the atmosphere at the iconic Royal Festival Hall. 

In addition to the Royal Festival Hall, the expansive site includes Hayward Gallery (scheduled to reopen in 2018), Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Rooms and the Poetry Library.

The arts centre hosts a festival programme of over 5000 events every year across the genres of art, theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, literature and debate. For 2017 Southbank Centre places a focus Nordic art and culture - find out more about sustainable food and communal singing, hygge and saunas, paternity leave and the struggle for gender equality

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Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX