This year the African Festival returns to The Hague to celebrate the passion and vibrancy of Africa on 1 June 2014.

 

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The festival offers festivities, musical performances, the well-visited traditional African market and a Children’s village to make this festival one for everyone.

 

The festival is also free to attend so there’s no excuse not to party hard this summer.

 

The festival is jam packed with events. For instance, African DJs and musicians, sports activities for children and an African fashion show.

 

Music lovers will be in the element at this festival. The opening concert will be held by the well known Malian singer Fatouma Diawara. Her performance always ensures that the crowd gets moving with her dynamic performance. She has performed at many world famous festivals, including the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam.

 

You can also enjoy performances by Abdoulaye ‘Oke’ Sene, from Senegal. He started his percussionist career at the age of ten with the Sangomar African Ballet in Dakar.

 

Dobet Gnahore will be performing at the festival too. She is a talented singer, dancer and percussionist from the Ivory Coast, and has inherited the power of the ‘Bete’ tradition from her father.

 

At 14:30, the entire Plein in The Hague will turn into a united Family Dance flashmob to take a stand against racism. The Family Dance is performed to Nelson Mandela’s favourite song (routine explained in the video here).

 

When: Sunday 1 June 2014 ~ 12:00 – 21:30
Where: Het Plein, The Hague city centre
Entrance: Free
More info: Click here (In Dutch only)

Author: Amy Townsend