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​Exciting and Captivating African festivals to watch out for in 2019

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
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Festivals happen all across the world, but in Africa, the sheer beauty of each moment is an astonishing one. The vast ethnicities and their amazing cultures are an intensely beautiful experience that everyone should have.

Here are some exciting and captivating African festivals to watch out for in 2019!

  1. KWITA IZINA –RWANDA

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Rwanda is home to the unique species of mountain gorillas. what better way to celebrate this than with a national gorilla naming festival? A truly captivating event, the Kwita Izina is held yearly to name every gorilla born in the year before.

Fear not, the gorillas aren’t going to be in attendance. This festival of animal conservation in September 2019 is celebrated with dancing and singing.

2. BUSHFIRE –SWAZILAND

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The Bushfire festival in Swaziland is all about the beauty in aesthetics. The three-day festival that’s set for May 2019 features artistic performances that are simply breathtaking.

This celebration comes along with some enthralling music. And at the end of the festival, they give a portion of proceeds to charities and NGOs in Swaziland.

3. LAKE OF STARS –MALAWI

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September 2019 is bringing with it the 15th edition of one of the best festivals in the world right at the shores of Lake Malawi. A combination of music, culture, fashion and dance, it’s not hard to see why the Lake Of Stars is a renowned festival.

The three-day festival is a wholesome event to look forward to. Thanks to the scenery and all the excitement it promises!

4. FELABRATION – NIGERIA

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The afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, is celebrated in this week-long festival held in Lagos. The event in October will bring out top artists in the Afrobeat genre.

The felabration week also showcases some stage productions and exhibitions.







5. AFRIKA BURN – SOUTH AFRICA

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Like the United States’ Burning man festival, the Afrika Burn coming up in April 2019 is all about aesthetics and expressions.

The exciting part of this fest is that the people in attendance create art pieces with complete liberty of self-expression and at the end of the event some of the creations are set on fire and look even better when lit up!

6. INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE SAHARA – TUNISIA

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It doesn’t get more exotic than the desert, does it? Douz, Tunisia is sure to receive throes of foreigners at the end of the year between December and January when thousands will flock in to take part in the four-day-long cultural celebration. Horse rides, camel marathons, rich music and poetry are some of the highlights to look forward to at the international festival of the Sahara.




7. SAUTI ZA BUSARA – ZANZIBAR

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The ‘Sounds of Wisdom’ festival from Zanzibar is everything a celebration of music should be. Different musical acts from across the expanse of Africa come together to put on an amazing festival. The name depicts everything you can expect from the festival in February 2019, sounds that are certain to entrance you!


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