Elsewhere, Leeds-based performer Selina Thompson delivers her show salt. - a beautiful and searing retelling of her voyage on a cargo ship, retracing a trans-Atlantic slave trade route, from the UK to Ghana to Jamaica and back. Catch salt. at Africa Utopia before it heads to the Edinburgh Festival.
We also have Gertrude and Jemima, aka poetry and music duo Toni Stuart (South Africa) and Remi Graves (UK), performing What the Trees Know, their interactive exploration of human vulnerability, in which the artists and the audience are blindfolded.
Back inside our talks programme gives you a chance to delve a little deeper into the continent, as, in a world which seems increasingly fractured, we ask is now Africa’s time? The packed programme features some impressive speakers, including filmmaker Amma Asante (Belle, A United Kingdom), writer and broadcaster Ekow Eshun, and founder of the Ake Arts festival, Lola Shoneyin.
The breadth of talks, coupled with panels on everything from African feminisms to the continent’s tech revolution, and workshops ranging from how to build your African social media brand, to how to write an award winning African short story, there’s some for everyone. Whether you’re a dedicated Africa-phile who knows and loves the continent deeply, or you’re complete beginner and want to know more we’ve got you covered.
So there you have it, and these are just a few highlights from Africa Utopia’s huge programme of events, we hope you enjoy the weekend!
Hannah Azieb Pool, Senior Curator, Contemporary Culture