Introducing The Spirit of Africa Festival


"The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa – for he has so much to look forward to." – Richard Mullen

What if we could, just for two days, bring Africa to the heart of Sheffield?

Utopia Theatre is proud to announce SoAfrica, the first ever festival of all things Africa in Sheffield happening on 26th and 27th October 2018.

Over two days, an incredible lineup of musicians, poets, storytellers, activists, performers and artists from the African continent and its diaspora will grace the stage at Sheffield Theatres and Tudor Square, celebrating the culture and people of Africa with music, theatre, dance, literature and activity workshops.

Bafta and MOBO award-winning hip hop artist, writer/poet and historian AKALA will headline the first evening of performances in the Crucible theatre with support from dynamic Nigerian rap artist Breis and Namvula’s evocative lyricism, whilst Tudor Square hears from One World Choir, Hassan Salih Nour and Yaaba Funk.

On the Saturday, Seun Kuti, the youngest son of legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, and his father's former band Egypt 80 will headline the final evening of performances in the Crucible Theatre for the festival, with support from artist Aar Maanta, a multi-instrumentalist.

Highlights of the festival include the Ghanaian force of nature, KOG and 8-piece Zongo brigade delivering infectious high-energy West African grooves, an open mic slot for aspiring local artists to perform live on stage and an urban walk exploring the black presence in Sheffield by Joe Williams.

The festival showcasing cultural diversity and the resilience of African music and dance, will begin at 10:00am and finishes at 10:30pm in the Crucible Theatre.

Admission to over 50% of the festival events is FREE, and welcome to all.

To find out more and to book, click here.

Annalisa Toccara