When Until 1 January
The Calabar Festival is our favourite way to close out the year. You’re spoilt for choice during this month-long festival, which packs out the calendar with theatre performances, food and fashion fairs, and stellar music performances. Everyone from Nelly and NeYo to Alpha Blondy and Akon have performed here, and every year there’s a diverse lineup.
The main stars, though, are the five carnival bands that headline the Calabar Carnival, ...
When September onwards
Keep your kids quiet in mind-numbing Lagos traffic with the promise of a ride on the Dream Machine flying carousel. The ride is one of over 40 games, rides and African-themed side attractions to keep kids of all ages entertained, everyday of the week from 12 noon to 5pm. There’s a 40-metre-high ferris wheel, bouncy castle, ice rink, Watermania, and simulation rides; and for the weary parent who needs an unbiased opinion, a talking ...
Big Fish Little Fish
When June to July 2016
Where Cities across the UK
What do you do when you’re a party animal at heart, but you’re also a responsible parent? Why, you bring the kids along to the party, of course. The name Big Fish Little Fish is a little wink to the raves that today’s young parents in the UK enjoyed in their youth, but there’s no reason to stop having fun when you’ve got kids of your own. All the best parts of an old-school rave are here, with none of the ...
The Rand Show
When 25 March to 3 April
The Rand Show has been going for a truly impressive 120 years so
far, and it’s easy to see why: it’s packed with events for absolutely everyone, from camouflage-clad military enthusiasts trying out their own skills on missile simulators to animal lovers cooing over bird-flight shows, and everyone in between. There’s musical entertainment, explosive science shows, and the Miss Rand competition on the showtime stage, a huge ...
When until 1 January
A whole month of events during the Calabar Festival means that you’re spoilt for choice. Throughout December, there are theatre performances, fairs to please the foodies and fashionistas alike, and stellar music performances. Everyone from Alpha Blondy and Akon, to Fat Joe and NeYo have performed here, so it won’t be surprising to hear that almost a million people from around the world showed up last year. In addition to the entertai...
When September 10—13
This leading celebration of the best of African creativity comes back to London for the third year this September, with icons from the world of technology, fashion, culture and community coming together to show how African art and ideas can change the world.
With sponsors including Arik Air, this year’s festival features some of Africa’s greatest artists across music, dance, literature and visual arts. Highlights include Gnawa fusion ...
When June 20-21
Anyone curious about (or homesick for) the sights, sounds, and food of Africa and the Caribbean would be well advised to head to Liverpool this summer.
The family-friendly Africa Oye festival has gone from strength to strength, starting as a small gathering more than 20 years ago to a now two-day celebration of all things African in the UK.
Past acts include Tinariwen, Peter Tosh, Femi Kuti, and reggae legend Marcia Griffiths. This year Congolese ...
Today Nigerian filmmakers are determined to recapture the image of their country for international audiences. Screening at world film festivals, their work has wowed audiences with style, storytelling and ideas. Inspired by the launch of Nadia Denton’s guide for Nigerian filmmakers, BFI Southbank is launching an exciting weekend of talks, screenings and networking, in association with Arik Air. Beyond Nollywood will showcase the work of new ...
Seat 1A – Gallivanter
When Until 5 January
There isn’t a single Londoner who doesn’t have a tiny soft spot for Winter Wonderland, secretly or otherwise. People come in droves to enjoy the best of the season at this sprawling celebration of all things wintry in Hyde Park. There are tons of things to do here and it caters for all, from young children enjoying the rides and circus shows to groups of colleagues coming after work to enjoy the mulled wine and seasonal dishes at the ...