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Africa-Caribbean Festival

Wakadjo Festival took place in Bayreuth for the 12th time

July 27th, 2017
Ioana Bolboacă, Berlin Global
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Between the 21st and 23rd of July, the Bavarian city of Bayreuth held the colorful festival that offers every year a varied program of Africa and of the Caribbean worlds, with concerts, films, workshops and interesting activities, especially for the little ones.

“Wakadjo-Come to dance” invited everybody to enjoy a mixture of cultures in different forms. From a wide program of music to food, art, and crafts, visitors could really connect with the African and the Caribbean cultures. It was the largest street festival from the region and it spread diverse rhythms all over.

Traditionally, the musical stage program was the heart of the festival but besides the three days full stage program for dancing, there was a colourful bazaar with culinary specialities from various African and Caribbean regions, as well as up to 50 sales stands that offered clothing, jewellery and pottery. In addition, the children could entertain themselves, while learning things about the African culture in the Kids Camp.

In the Old Castle of Bayreuth, the history of the transatlantic slavery on the basis of the biographies of “hidden heroes and heroines” was brought to present through an exhibition that took place there, ending with an evangelical service on Sunday morning, on the large stage in the court of honour.

It was, therefore, a weekend when people discovered two different but mixed cultures, having fun and nourishing their cultural knowledge at the same time.

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