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Chiala Afrika Festival – Experience Africa in the midst of Graz

The Chiala Afrika Festival is one of the highlights among the cultural summer events in Graz. It is a three-day open air festival in the Augartenpark featuring numerous workshops and performances in which national and international artists elate and inspire visitors with their music, their creativity, and their craft – in the open and free of charge.

The aim of the festival is to build a bridge between Austria and Africa’s multifarious realities, and to convey images which show Africa, its people and people of African origin living in Europe from various perspectives and in a multifaceted way.

The numerous highlights of the festival provide the public space with a frame allowing contact between people of diverse geographic and social origin, age and gender. The festival, where mutual exchange free of stereotypes can take place, stands for openness, encounter and communication as basic requirements of a peaceful community.

Afrika Festival 2016

Already for the 13th time the CHIALA Afrika Festival offers the opportunity to experience African art and culture in the centre of Graz. Over three days Chiala presents discourse, music, workshops, dancing and shows by national and international artists – free of charge and in the open in Augartenpark Graz. The main idea is to celebrate together and to set an example for a diverse society.

Afrika Festival 2016 Programme:

  • Three days of live music, dancing, and shows on our festival stage!
  • 13 live acts
  • Big entrance with drums and singing
  • A Gambian-German storyteller will transform the festival stage into a vibrant marketplace and will tell his own stories as well as a selection of stories from African and Oriental oral traditions.
  • Culinary treats from various African countries
  • Workshops for adults, young adults and children
  • Entertainment for children, including a bouncing castle, a mega-slide, and a make-up studio
  • A bazar
  • Speaker’s corner
  • Aftershow parties

Here you can browse the complete programme for this year’s festival!

We are looking forward to seeing you there!!