Africa Utopia x Indaba

A series of events celebrating and showcasing Black culture at Southbank Centre's Africa Utopia Festival. Tickets are on sale now.

Africa Utopia x Indaba Lineup Poster

Indaba X: Celebrates Black culture with the key drive to inspire & educate all who attend. In tribute to the late Kofi Annan, with all Indaba X proceeds going to charity.

 

THE KUTI FAMILY PRESENTS: AFRIKA SHRINE ALIVE 
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL - 19:00 - 22:00
Bringing The Shrine to London: live afrobeat served the Femi Kuti way, with a slice of hip hop and a side of dance. Lagosian dance hall New Afrika Shrine is part musical performance, part spiritual experience, fully steeped in Yoruba hospitality. Indaba X sees this atmosphere and energy transported to the Royal Festival Hall for a live, immersive performance, blending art forms and celebrating the legacy of Fela. Come and enrich yourself with the flavour of Ikeja - Nigeria’s most iconic venue. 

FEATURING FEMI KUTI & FRIENDS

SPORT - THE POWER AND PRICE OF PROTEST 
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL - 13:00 - 14:30
Kaepernicks’ silence during the national anthem spoke volumes — and so did his time on the bench. How do British sportspeople engage with power and protest? When taking a stand (or a knee) what do our sporting idols risk and what remains after they've done so? In this panel, we explore the myriad possibilities and complexities of protest within sport. 

SPEAKERS: Denise Lewis, Osi Umenyiora, Jay Willaims 
CHAIR: TBA

FASHION - THE BATTLE CONTINUES 
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL - 16:30 - 18:00
From Black is Beautiful, to the Battle of Versailles and Vogue Italia's ‘All Black Issue’ – Bethann Hardison’s mark on the fashion industry has been indelible. Alongside other notable pioneers, she had worked tirelessly to include the black aesthetic in the global fashion industry. But how far do we still have to go? From what cloth is Black fashion cut today? And how can the industry better represent diverse identities both on and off the catwalk? 

CHAIR: Bethann hardison
GUESTS Ozwald Boateng 
 

LETTERS LIVE
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL 19:30-22:00

Inspired by Shaun Usher’s international best-selling Letters of Note series, and Simon Garfield’s To the Letter; Letters Live is a celebration of the enduring power of literary correspondence. Each show features a different array of great performers, reading remarkable letters written over the centuries and from around the world. With Letters Live, you never know who is going to take to the stage or what letter they are going to bring to life. In this performance, powerful letters from Black history take centre stage. 
 

HISTORY: MEMORY AND CONSCIOUSNESS 
QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL - 14:45 - 16:15 
‘History was distorted deliberately in particular ways and that legacy is still with us’ – Akala.
What is the importance of preserving cultural history? How is what was taken during slavery and empire retraced and restored? Do our memories of the past affect our collective consciousness? And, who decides where and how black cultural memory is curated and preserved today? Join author and hip hop artist Akala and guests for discussion and debate.

SPEAKERS: Akala, Prof Abosede George
CHAIR: TBA
 

BEAUTY - IT’S A SHADY BUSINESS 
QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL - 18:15 - 19:45 
Clara Amfo curates panel to discuss all things beautiful and Black. This panel will look to explore both the hardships faced by women of colour across the beauty industry, and the positivity of its future. Be prepared to feel invigorated, learn; led by the voice of our generation and joined by prolific women from across the spectrum.

SPEAKERS: TBA
CHAIR: Clara Amfo
 

FILM: ARE WE ENTERING THE BLACK RENAISSANCE IN FILM? 
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL - 13:00 - 14:30 
Is the artistic celebration of black people in film indivisible from activism in cinema ?
How is this realisation for black filmmakers, in front and behind the camera, leading a revolution that goes beyond race and is changing perspectives for those considered ‘other’. Jordan Peele, Ryan Coogler, Ava DuVernay, Clare Anyiam-Osigwe – recent years have seen recognition for Black directors skyrocket. Yet, how do filmmakers reconcile their art and their activism? What were the precursors to their success, and how can these be replicated by rising stars? What will it take to increase representation in the art form of film, for all people seen as ‘other’?

SPEAKERS: Nathalie Emmanuel, Noel Clarke
CHAIR: Simon Frederick

 

MUSIC - THE MUSIC THAT MADE US
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL - 16:30 - 18:00 
Despite creating the sound now immortalised in musical history, Black musicians often did not reap the financial rewards of their talent. The birth of the blues often saw artists concealing the markers of their blackness at the behest of commercial record labels. Today, Dave’s ‘Black’ tops the charts and JHUS’s diasporic rap dominates dancefloors nationwide. This panel looks back at this journey, celebrates and interrogates; what does it mean if Black is the new blueprint for independent success?

SPEAKERS: Dallas Austin, Davido
CHAIR: TBA

 

COMEDY: THE LAUGHING LEOPARD 
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL - 19:30 - 22:30 
The joy of the Black experience has long been immortalised by our comics: parents, work, relationships, institutions; the things that make us laugh are often they very things that make us KMT. Join Channel 4’s Big Narstie for a comedy showcase that promises to raise the roof on life.

LINE-UP TBA
HOSTED BY Big Narstie

Ticket Options

Indaba x Africa Utopia - The Kuti Family Presents Afrika Shrine Alive
Indaba X Africa Utopia - Sport - The Power & Price of Protest
Indaba X Africa Utopia - History - Memory & Consciousness
Indaba x Africa Utopia - Fashion - The Battle Continues
Indaba X Africa Utopia - Beauty - It's a Shady Business
Indaba X Africa Utopia - Letters Live
Indaba x Africa Utopia - Are We Entering the Black Renaissance in Film
Indaba x Africa Utopia - The Music That Made Us