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Seven African Festivals You Should Check Out In 2020

By Parker Diakite

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With 54 countries, there’s no better place to find a diverse range of fun and entertainment through festivals.

The continent boasts some of the best festivals where you can appreciate art, music, food, and many welcoming African cultures.

Here are seven festivals you should check out in 2020:

Bouake Carnival ­– Ivory Coast

Each year in March, natives and tourists join together to enjoy music and eat traditional foods during The Bouake Carnival.  The celebration, held at St. Michael’s Cathedral, is known as a celebration of life and friendship.

The Festival Of Roses – Morocco

If you plan to be in Morocco in May,  then head to the Festival of Roses held in the small town of Kalaat M’Gounna. The city is known for its beautiful landscape of pink Persian roses, which is why locals celebrate the flowers.  The three-day celebration filled with food, dancing, and singing attracts more than 20,000 people every year!

Nyege Nyege – Uganda

Nyege Nyege stands for peace, love, and abundant joy, for underground music and musicians in Africa, according to event organizers.

The four-day international music festival aims to showcase “The Pearl of Africa” through music and art.  

Photo taken by Giyo_UG via Instagram | @ Nyege Nyege

Chale Wote Street Art Festival – Ghana

The Chale Wote Street Art Festival known as Chale Wote is an alternative platform that brings art, music, dance, and performance out into the streets if Accra.  It’s a beautiful festival that allows both local and international artists together to create and appreciate art.  

Zanzibar International Film Festival – Tanzania

Established in 1997, the Zanzibar International Film Festival is where you go to watch the best of the best in African films, music, art, and design.

In addition to nine straight days of music and film screenings, attendees have the chance to attend discussion panels and workshops.

Lake Of Stars – Malawi

The Lake of Stars Project runs an award-winning festival that takes place in the Warm Heart of Africa, on the palm-fringed shores of Lake Malawi.

The festival acts as a vehicle to promote Malawi as a tourist destination, generating revenue and increasing awareness of this beautiful country and its vibrant culture.

Instagram | @lakeofstars

Cape Town International Jazz Festival – South Africa

Affectionately referred to as “Africa’s Grandest Gathering”, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival is the largest music event in sub-Saharan Africa. The festival is famous for its star-studded line up of local and international artists.

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