Through Sunday, Würzburg’s International Africa Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary with a rich and varied musical and cultural program. This high-profile festival has often served as a platform for up-and-coming African artists to debut in front of large European audiences.
Europe’s largest Africa festival offers an African bazaar with food stands and a handicrafts market, children’s activities, deejay shows, a movie tent, a “Havana Club” offering drinks and music, and on-stage performances throughout the day. During the evenings, well-known African artists take to the main stage. Performers in the 2013 edition of the fest will include Manu Dibango & Soul Makossa Gang, Habib Koité & Bamada, Salif Keita, Nancy Vieira, Youssou Ndour, Jaqee and Alpha Blondy & Solar System. Visitors are advised to purchase tickets in advance, as shows can sell out. Tickets go for about 37 euros each (about $48) at the festival’s box office.
Entrance to the festival site is free throughout the day for those who hold tickets for a concert that evening; other adult visitors will be charged 7 euros, while those under age 12 enter for free. Family tickets cost 21 euros per day, and a multi-day festival pass costs 24 euros. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to midnight daily except for Sunday, when it closes at 11 p.m.
For tickets and more info, see www.africafestival.org. Information is available in English.