Abu Dhabi, UAE – The highly anticipated third edition of the All Africa Festival (AAF) is set to captivate audiences in the heart of the UAE’s capital, Abu Dhabi, from February 2 to 4, 2024. The festival, known as the UAE’s largest celebration of Africa’s rich and diverse cultures, will feature a stellar lineup of A-List artists, including Omah Lay, Diamond Platnumz, Yemi Alade, Tekno, Skales, Kofi Olomide, and Nora Fatehi, with Eddy Kenzo taking the spotlight.
Operated in collaboration with the UAE Africa Connect (UAEAC) platform, which celebrates the strong partnership between the UAE and Sub-Saharan Africa, the festival will unfold on the picturesque grounds of Etihad Park on Yas Island. This family entertainment destination will serve as the perfect backdrop for a 3-day extravaganza, blending globally renowned music icons, local talents, and DJs in a celebration of African culture.
In addition to the mesmerizing performances, festival-goers can indulge in a diverse array of pan-African cuisine, witness live art displays, and explore fashion exhibits from UAE-based designers. The event promises a mosaic of uniquely curated experiences that pay homage to the spirit of Africa and its diaspora across the globe.
Nina Olatoke, CEO and Co-Founder of the All Africa Festival, expressed her excitement about the event’s return to Yas Island, stating, “From humble beginnings in Dubai’s Creek Park in 2018 to two consecutive years hosting the Festival at the foot of Burj Khalifa in Burj Park, our history spans more than five years of curating and successfully producing a festival that welcomes all nationalities.”
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The decision to relocate the festival to Abu Dhabi aligns with the nation’s commitment to fostering cultural diversity and inclusivity, fueled by the growing number of African expats choosing the UAE as a hub for opportunities in various fields.
Nina Olatoke also emphasized the festival’s collaboration with strategic partners, including UAE Africa Connect, the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi, and Miral, the leading creator of immersive destinations and experiences.
Against the backdrop of the thriving African renaissance, the All Africa Festival aims to showcase the global appeal of African music genres like Amapiano and Afrobeats. The event serves as an annual celebration not only of the diversity of African culture but also of the culturally rich landscape for which the UAE is renowned.
Tickets for the All Africa Festival on Yas Island are now available for purchase, offering residents and tourists alike the opportunity to partake in this immersive celebration of Africa’s vibrancy and creativity.