Why African Festivals are more awesome

Africa is the origin of music, rhythm and dance. However, the vast amount of festivals are still not very well known in the Western World. For years already there are organised similar and dissimilar festivals compared to Western festivals in Africa. Here is as well Techno, House, EDM, bands but always with a local African twist. You will find African food, the most beautiful camping sites, good weather guaranteed and of course the opportunity to combine the festival with a safari or hike. Strangely enough there seems to be a marginal interest yet from foreigners. I think this is mainly due to the lack of exposure so far. In this blog I will outline the top 5 best festivals in East-Africa chosen by Charlie’s Travels just to give a sneak preview of what’s going on.

The Kilifi New Year Festival in Kenya is a African flavoured festival with a good combination of local African performers and electronic music.

Kilifi New Year Festival

Please close your eyes and imagine the following: You are drinking a beer with your friends on a lake site, in the middle of the nature, with a huge burning statue in the middle of a lake and a big-ass deephouse bass wobbling on the background? Can you imagine a better start of your new year? I couldn’t. The Kilifi New Year Festival in Kenya is a African flavoured festival with a good combination of local African performers and electronic music. The festival will this year be from the 31th of December until the 2nd of January.

For more information check the website: http://www.kilifinewyear.com

Nyege Nyege International Music Festival

Really… A festival that takes place on the riverside of nile in Uganda with a shit load of German, UK and African DJ’s and artist. Yup, that as well is happening in Africa for several years already. This is the perfect African Festival experience with a balance between electronic music and african culture. You get good music, on a awesome location, for a fair price. Price? Did I mention that.. Who cares about money if you can get this once in a lifetime experience? The 2017 edition will take place in August.

For more info check the website: http://nyegenyege.com

The festival is organised on the shores of lake malawi, a stunning scenery and in 2015 hosted 79 Malawian acts and 81 artist and creative practitioners.

Marsabit-Lake Turkana Cultural Festival

In Kenya, next to Lake Turkana, from may 2nd until the 8th there is a real African Cultural Festival going on. Fourteen native tribes celebrate their peace by all dressing up in their traditional attire and all getting the opportunity to show their real roots. It’s a nice cultural festival to attend as a visitor just by grabbing a beer and see the different tribes do their “thang”. Although, for the real bootyshakers there might even be the chance to join the dancing.

For more info check the website: http://laketurkanaculturalfestival.com

Mombasa Colour Splash

The Coloursplash Festival is a worldwide known festival and is organised in many different countries. This one is also a yearly returning event in Mombasa, Kenya. As the name suggest it’s a colour splash.. But a big one.. thousands of people throwing paint in the air with as a result one big colour fountain. Make sure your beer is covered because literally everything.. yes everything.. will be covered in paint. This festival as well has a nice mix of electronic and african beats.

For more information check the official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Mombasacoloursplash/

Lake of stars – Malawi Festival of Arts

Definitely an awesome festival, but due to a break in 2017 it will return at first on the 15th of september 2018. Although then for their 15th anniversary. It’s unfortunate to miss it in 2017… But at the same time the opportunity to save some cash for the double dose! The festival is organised on the shores of lake malawi, a stunning scenery and in 2015 hosted 79 Malawian acts and 81 artist and creative practitioners. It’s a medium sized festival with around 3.000 visitors wherefrom 34% non Malawian.

For more information check the website: http://lakeofstars.org

Checking all the aftermovies and pictures made me super excited and energized wanting to go back immediately. By the way.. this was just a top 5 of only East Africa. I could even make a top 50. Honestly, did you expect that there was so much cool shit going on only in East Africa?

In my title I state that the festivals in Africa are more awesome than their Western Counterparts. I don’t know if that’s true. You can’t compare apple to oranges. But what I can conclude that the African Festivals are a new and different experience than the Western Festivals.

Hope that with this blog I was able to start a dream of going to an African Festival and will meet you on their next editions. Because it’s probably still a bit unexplored terrain for many readers, I’m always available for helping with planning the african festival trip and make your dream come through. And whenever you are there, let me know and we can grab a beer or two!

Mombasa color splash

Hope that with this blog I was able to start a dream of going to an African Festival and will meet you on their next editions. For more information ask one of our Africa-experts here.