The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) in partnership with the Gauteng Province, the Carnival Company, Channel Africa, the United Patriotic Artists (UPA) and other partners, is organising Africa Week Carnival and Festival from the 20th to the 27th May 2017.
For the Chairperson of ADF, Marc Gbaffou “the Africa Week is a commemorative and celebratory annual event which takes place for a week every year in May in recognition of the creation of the organization of African Unity and Africa Day (25 May). The Africa Week Festival is a project initiated by the African Diaspora Forum (ADF), a Non Profit Organization (NPO) working for an integrated society, free of all forms of xenophobia and other forms of discrimination in collaboration with designated partners to promote social cohesion and integration in order to build a community of peace in South Africa”.
In the same order of Ideas, the CEO of Carnival company, Rachel Tambo described “the Africa Week Carnival and Festival as a multicultural event that aims at promoting human rights and social cohesion. It is an ideal platform to combat all forms of discrimination including racism, sexism and xenophobia”.
As Africans, we have many things to celebrate together owing to the fact we are a diverse but united continent under the umbrella of the African Union. Africa Week Carnival and Festival will line up an array of events including the commemoration of xenophobic attacks, Arts and crafts, Film screening, live music, soccer tournament and many other activities.
You are therefore cordially invite to attend this Pan African Festival that will pull together South African authorities and citizens, the diplomatic and the migrants’ communities, as well as local and non national artists, to celebrate Africa its diversity.
Prior to the 2017 Edition, a media launch took place on the 17 May to disclose the program to the media professionals. More than 15,000 people are expected to attend this intense week of celebrating African unity, its diversity, arts and culture.
As usual, Yeoville, a suburb of Johannesburg that prides itself in African diversity as it is a community where you find over 20 nationalities in one society, will proudly host the event. It is in this fact that it was a fundamental community to host an event of this magnitude. The long week celebration will be characterized by series of activities ranging from soccer tournament, workshops, music celebration, community dialogue, massive parade enhanced by the realities of African arts.
The actual Africa day 27 May will be celebrate in Yeoville community where it took the form of various activities where more than 15 000 people are expected along the Yeoville community, showing casing their culture, music and diverse African skills, for a “better Africa for all”.
Serge Babylas de SOUZA