From the 29th of  June to the 1st of July 2012, visitors will be immersed in the colorful world of the African continent, in the Dortmund Fredenbaumpark.

The third special on the Afro-Ruhr Festival are the colorful program points that have come about because many new partners have been obtained in comparison to last year. This time, the Fredenbaumpark is decorated with more than 100 flags of the respective African countries.

The Afro-Ruhr Festival is a three-day open-air event with music, a varied family program, profit activities, soccer tournament, literature tent, art, DJ tent, a bazaar and great food. In addition, the festival offers an ideal platform for an interesting and varied cross-cultural exchange.

AFRO-RUHR FESTIVAL: Open Air Event in Germany
Lino Versace

“Dialogue and International Understanding” is therefore the motto of many interactive activities. The goal of the event “Africa-meets-Ruhr area” is to make the guest active and participate. On each day of the festival, visitors are led on a musical journey with well-known and internationally recognized artist / interior. In addition to the musical diversity from all corners of the colorful African continent as “coupé Décalé”, soukous, Afrobeat, reggae, highlife, jazz, hip-hop rhythms and traditional there are also rock, blues and punk from Germany. The audience can enjoy the music and dance to the rhythm.

In addition to the music and dance offerings, visitors can expect three days of the following offer:

A bazaar with stalls: arts and crafts, textiles and food stalls offering specialties from different countries.
Activities for children and adults (safari train, bouncy castle, wheel of fortune with win games, archery, climbing, and a healthy diet sugar exhibition by AOK Northwest, fire safety education from the Dortmund Fire Brigade, etc.)
Tent with literature readings of African authors, as fairy tales, novels, etc.
Action and information booths, while the focus is mainly on the intercultural dialogue with a focus on global learning.
Tent with disco DJs: e.g. Radio Europe is the global player sound system with DJs T Daladala and Ali bring the dance floor and the visitor to vibrate.

AFRO-RUHR FESTIVAL: Open Air Event in Germany
Bambino Sekouba

The festival begins on Friday, 29 June from 09:30 with a conference in Dortmund’s city hall, which is organized in cooperation with the mayor office. The conference theme is “Together in diversity-a world in Dortmund.” Becoming Hot from 16.00 all visitors to the festival site Fredenbaumpark Dortmund are warmly welcomed.

A special highlight is certainly the intercultural football tournament on Saturday,  30-06-2012,. For a winning challenge, there is the “African Cup Ruhr”. Teams from Guinea, Cameroon, Ghana, Angola, Nigeria, Gambia and Germany will be able to live out their fighting spirit.

On Sunday the 1st of July, the festival site opens its door at 10.00. An ecumenical church service with gospel music will take place from 12.00-14.00. No participant will then say that church services are boring. Organized by the worship of the African community in cooperation with the Office for Mission, Ecumenism and Global Responsibility (MÖWe).

The event has offers for both young and old and the audience will continue to experience an adventure through the African continent in Fredenbaumpark.
Highlight of each day is the musical journey:

  • On Friday is the Ivory Coast with Lino Versace, and then Ghana with African Footprint International
  • On Saturday Bambino Sekoubader plays, well known as “Guinea’s national treasure”
  • On Sunday we travel to the Cape Verde islands with Gabriela Mendes.
  • Other artists from other regions of the continent accompany this colorful musical journey


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