African Festivals: 7 Important Annual Events You Should Know

Africa is home to numerous cultures and events. Some of these events are influenced by religion, while others showcase Africa’s incredible creativity and talents.

Take a look at 7 African festivals worth planning your trip around.

1. Fez Festival of World Sacred Music, Morocco

Fez Festival of World Sacred Music Morocco

The Fez is a nine-day spiritual festival that hosts musicians and dancers from all over the world. Besides the performances, expect plenty of delicious Moroccan street food. It usually takes place in June.

2. Timkat, Ethiopia

Timkat Ethiopia

Timkat is a three-day Ethiopian Orthodox celebration held across the country, marking the baptism of Christ. The most popular one occurs in Gondar, Ethiopia. It takes place around January 18 – 20.

3. Zanzibar International Film Festival, Tanzania

Zanzibar International Film Festival Tanzania

This is East Africa’s premier multi-disciplinary cultural event and takes place in July on Zanzibar’s historic island. Over nine days, you get to experience concerts, art exhibitions, film screenings from the best talents across Africa.

4. Cape Town International Jazz Festival, South Africa

Cape Town International Jazz Festival South Africa

For two days, Jazz legends worldwide perform for tens of thousands of people at the city’s International Convention Centre. It takes place in March or April, and tickets are usually booked in advance.

5. FESPACO Film Festival, Burkina Faso

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FESPACO Film Festival is one of the oldest and largest African film festivals. It celebrated its first in 1969 and takes place annually in March in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

6. Osun Festival, Nigeria

Osun Festival Nigeria

Every August, people from different parts of the world throng to Osun State, Nigeria, to attend the two-week Osun-Osogbo Festival. Amongst other activities, it is a very sacred ceremony to celebrate the Osun River goddess.

7. International Festival of the Sahara, Tunisia

International Festival of the Sahara Tunisia

Attracting more than 50,000 people, Tunisia’s International Festival of the Sahara celebrates the Sahara Desert’s rich culture and its people. It takes place in December in Douz, Tunisia.

So what’s it going to be? Which festival are you adding to your travel list in 2021?

Did we miss an important festival in your country? Tell us in the comments.





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