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May
2017
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Festival Eritrea: Born In the Diaspora

Eritrea shares quite a lot of similarities with her older sister, Ethiopia in spite of the frosty relationship between both countries. Apart from using the same calendar, several cultural and religious festivals are celebrated in the same manner and time by both. These include: Meskel, Fasika, Lidet, etc. However, the Festival Eritrea is certainly not …

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May
2017
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Le Festival National de Gungu (FESNAG): A Right to Celebrate

It is true that most festivals are usually born as a celebration of people’s way of life, traditions, cultural values and sometimes religious beliefs. Yet sometimes, the inspiration for a festival evolves from certain situations that serve as a memorial to a significant event, and with time the celebration grows bigger as the years roll …

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May
2017
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Ma Dengn Beach Festival: A Coming Together

Freetown is one of West Africa’s most alluring capitals. Lively and calm, Sierra Leone’s largest city has a slew of lovely beaches and pretty mountains. In recent times, the country had suffered, first from a civil war and later the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease. However, no matter how gloomy a situation may be, …

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April
2017
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Festival International de Musique Symphonique d’El Jem: A Culture of Life

Music has a way of affecting people and influencing moods. Such is the magnetic pull that even without lyrics, or an understanding of the lyrics due to language barrier, good music has never ceased to inspire some reaction from the hearer. Such is the appeal that people throng venues to witness musical shows and concerts. …

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April
2017
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Easter Fun at LCC Easter Carnival Weekend, Lagos

Afro Tourism will be covering the event live. Be sure to attend the event to meet any of our representatives  and ask all the questions you have about African tourism and Africa’s untapped destinations. 

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March
2017
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Festival: Harare International Festival of the Arts

“The Harare International Festival of the Arts is probably the best organized festival in the sub-continent and one of the most manageably diverse. Most importantly in the current economic situation HIFA has come to be seen as an important symbol of something positive about Zimbabwe.” – Robert Grieg Such is the impression that HIFA (Harare …

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March
2017
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Oguaa Fetu Afahye Festival, Cape Coast

Purifying the New Year There is more to Cape Coast than the haunting memories of African sons and daughters stored in slave castles before being sardine-packed in slave ships across the Atlantic off to the Americas. Yes, it is pretty much a relaxed community, but Cape Coast comes pretty much alive for the celebration of ...

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February
2017
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Swakopmunder Musikwoche: Bridging the Gap

Located on the edge of the torrid Namib Desert where Antarctic currents and strong winds cool down the Atlantic Ocean on the coast, the German-named coastal Namibian town, Swakopmund is the venue of an interesting musical festival Swakopmunder Musikwoche seeking to bridge the rift between blacks and whites from an old backdrop of apartheid and …

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February
2017
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International Roots Festival (Gambia)

The end is better than the beginning of a thing, the popular saying goes. Which is why in spite of the horrors that form the historical background of the events of which gave birth to the International Roots Festival, the festival itself has become a celebration in commemoration of a homecoming and a return to …

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February
2017
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Festival: THAIPOOSAM CAVADEE, Mauritius

Mauritius is quite some kind of a multicultural melting pot, with a curious blend of Indian, Chinese, British, French, and African influences. Peaceful coexistence among the people has created a friendly society, while the diversity has added color to the continent through various cultural activities and religious festivals. Thaipoosam Cavadee is one of the most popular …

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January
2017
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Festival: MWAKA KOGWA, Zanzibar

Settling Scores with Banana Stems! The ushering in of a New Year in many parts of the world is often marked with great fanfare and festivities as the people look forward with excitement and great expectations that the coming year will be a lot better than the previous one. These festivals usually feature music, dancing, ...

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January
2017
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Mombasa Carnival: A Multi-Cultural Street Party

If you know the history of Mombasa, Kenya’s second largest city, then you will be able to understand and appreciate its rich multicultural diversity. Persians, Chinese, Arabians, Portuguese, Indians, and Europeans have made contact with and left their cultures and imprints on Mombasa. Throw into the mix the local African culture, then you can begin to ...

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January
2017
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Likumbi Lya Mize, Zambia: Rites of Passage

They are an interesting tribe and part of a Bantu people believed to have made their way from Cameroon to the area around the Upper Zambezi. Renowned as fishermen and peripatetic by nature, the Baluvale or Luvale people settled in northwestern Zambia and are one of the first tribes in Zambia to establish trade links ...

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January
2017
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Genna: An Ethiopian Christmas in January!

No. It’s not a mere spillover from the yuletide festivities that characterizes December, or a figurative expression of some random joyous occasion merely evoking the merry feeling of Christmas. It is very much the celebration of the real thing, as much as December 25 celebration is. Genna or Ethiopian Christmas takes place in the month of …

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December
2016
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Ikeji Festival of Arondizuogu (Imo State, Nigeria)

Nothing depicts a people’s way of life explicitly like the celebration of a cultural festival. Within the time frame of the celebrations, vital components that form the worldview of the people are usually put on display via various cultural acts like energetic dancing, loud music and drumming. These celebrations are often amplified with colorful costumes, ...

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December
2016
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FESTIVAL – Saint Helena Carnival

Started as a charity aid to raise funds for a particular cause, Saint Helena Carnival is conducted every two years and comprises of funfare, street parades, music and dancing, and of course eating! The 2014 edition was in aid of Cancer Relief. It is regarded as the best and biggest festival of the island with …

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December
2016
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SAKIFO Music Festival: For a Musical Satisfaction

With four centuries of diverse history and migration from all corners of the earth, Réunion Island (Île de la Réunion) is an interesting cultural melting pot, blending African, European, Indian, Chinese, Comorian and Malagasy cultures together to create a mini-rainbow nation. Perhaps this cultural harmony and blend of varying ethnicities and religious beliefs is best exemplified ...

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November
2016
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Festival: uMkhosi Womhlanga: Zulu Reed Dance

You must have heard about the Reed Dance, right? Known in Swaziland as Umhlanga and held usually in late August or early September. Well, it just so happens that the Swazis are not the only ones who have such an exotic festival involving the celebration of chastity among young maidens. While Umhlanga dates back to the ...

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November
2016
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Angola Carnival

Much like the famous Brazilian and Caribbean carnivals and several other fanfare celebrations across the globe patterned and structured after them, especially in former colonies of Portugal, the Angola Carnival has Portuguese influence and connection to the Lenten season. The unwritten code is that the timing of these is to indulge themselves in raucous revelry ...

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October
2016
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Festival: LES FEUX DE BRAZZA (The Lights of Brazzaville)

You will be forgiven if you arrived in Brazzaville with an expectation to see the city’s skyline lit up with an explosive and dazzling fireworks display at night during the celebration of  Festival: Les Feux de Brazza. Indeed the name “Feux de Brazza” (Lights of Brazzaville) seems to suggest that, but instead of dazzling pyrotechnic displays, ...

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October
2016
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MORIJA FESTIVAL, Lesotho: Unity in Diversity

Different festivals and celebrations from different places across the globe have different origins. Some are old with their roots steeped in ancient rites and mysticism passed down from generations to generations, while others are relatively modern; inspired by a yearning need to foster unity among the people by exploring their cultural heritage. The latter is ...

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September
2016
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Ghardaïa National Carpet Festival, Algeria

Roll Out the Carpets! Located about 600km south of Algiers, the capital city of Algeria, Ghardaïa is the chief town of the five that make up the M’zab Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded in the 11th century and built around the cave reputedly inhabited by the female saint Daïa, Ghardaïa lies along the ...

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September
2016
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Festival: Auto De Floripes (Sao Tome and Principe)

Discovered in 1475, the exotic São Toméan archipelago stands out as a beautiful and enchanting tropical paradise in the Atlantic Ocean off the West African coast. Portuguese influence from its colonial past is a dominant feature in its socio-cultural life, and it can be seen in its various celebrations. Without a doubt, the most original ...

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September
2016
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Festival des Cultures de M’Bour (FESCUM) Senegal

While several festivals have been staged from ancient times often as a cultural practice, either to supplicate the gods and ancestors for favors, celebrate the harvest, or serve as a rites of passage for the admission of young people into the adult society; many of these have evolved into cultural showpieces and spectacles, with the ...

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