Afrika Tage (Africa Days) celebrates the spirit of that great continent in an 18-day festival in Vienna. The event entertains and enlightens as it builds bridges between cultures. Fill your senses (and your stomach).
- Music, dance, kids activities, food, shopping, and information with an African theme
- Concerts in the evening with international performers
- Held on the Danube Island on the Danube river
- Top event for kids, too
- 2020 dates: Jul 17 – Aug 3
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Afrika Tage in Vienna
Each year, a piece of Africa puts ashore on the Danube in Vienna, setting up stall(s) on the long artificial island that splits the river as it passes through the city.
The Afrika Tage festival is much as you’d expect: a colourful and vibrant celebration of the continent’s culture with an opportunity to learn about the people and places (and the problems). Here’s the official aftermovie from 2018:
A visit is a treat for all the senses.
There are the forms and colours, especially in the clothing, arts and crafts at the African bazaar that dominates the festival site.
Then there are the sounds, whether from a drum or dance workshop or one of the evening concerts.
Various stands selling African cuisine provide the tastes and smells.
And the info booths from NGOs active in Africa should leave you touched with a better understanding of the continent’s diversity and challenges.
For me, the highlight is always browsing the bazaar for African crafts, but parents tend to value the kids activities, such as a Nigerian drum session or a ride on a camel.
In the evenings, most visitors turn up for the food, drink and, particularly, music. From about 6pm, the Afrika Tage turns into a music festival, with concerts by African or Africa-inspired performers each evening.
I don’t have programme highlights for 2020 yet, though Alpha Blondy & The Solar System are booked for July 18th.
For the record, the last lineup had a fittingly huge international flavour to it across numerous genres: from reggae to punk, from ska to world music. Perhaps the top highlight was an appearance by reggae giant and multiple Grammy-winner, Ziggy Marley. Check the official website for news of the next event.
2020 dates and tickets
Dates for the 2020 Afrika Tage are July 17th to August 3rd. Opening hours are:
- 2pm to midnight (weekdays)
- 11am to midnight (weekends)
The festival usually has various ticket options. See the website for details, once available. Selected days typically offer free entry. Or “free”, as you should really make a donation to charity inside.
How to get to the Africa festival
The festival takes place just downstream of the Nordbahnbrücke bridge on the Donauinsel. The island’s a popular recreational area and event location (see, for example, the huge open-air Donauinselfest music event).
Railway and subway stations occupy both ends of the Nordbahnbrücke, with pedestrian access across to the island. The two stations are:
- Handelskai: on the U6 subway line and also various city train lines (S1, S2, S3, S4, S7 and S45)
- Neue Donau: also on the U6 subway line
Address: Near the Nordbahnbrücke bridge on the Donauinsel (Danube Island), Vienna