Spectacular African Festival Travel Destinations
The most conventional reason for travelling usually involves getting away from our daily routines and normal activities. While most people crave the idea of relaxing in a luxurious location, most likely by the beach or fancy resort with a glass of margarita in hand. Others crave adventures engraved with culturally stimulating activities and experiences bound to create lasting memories.
Festivals provide the perfect opportunity to indulge in cultural celebrations that are not only historic but also take you away from the traditional norms as an explorer. As Africa provides the prospect for endless discoveries, we explore our top festivals that take place annually.
Chale Wote Street Art Festival, Ghana
If you are looking to take a short break to a location not too far from home, then the Chale Wote festival is perfect for you. Located right here in West Africa, the Chale Wote is an internationally known art, music and dance performance festival, which takes place on the streets of the country’s capital, Accra. Lasting for about 1-2 days in late August. The highlight of the festival incudes: street paintings, extreme sports, stencil work, graffiti, poetry, theatre and music performances by local and international musicians.
Mawazine Festival, Morocco
Moving further up North, you can delve deeper into the Arab infused culture with the Mawazine festival. Mawazine, meaning “World Rhythms” is the second largest festival in the world, featuring performances by local music and international artists such as Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez. Comprising of 90 acts on 7 stages, the festival is attended by approximately 2.5 million people from different parts of the world. Running for about 10 days, the festival is usually scheduled to take place in the country’s capital, Rabat in late May and early June.
Timkat Festival, Ethiopia
Also known as “Baptism” festival, Timkat is essentially the Ethiopian orthodox carnival of Epiphany. Scheduled to take place annually in the mid January, the festival provides an extraordinary opportunity to spice up your religious life. Particularly for Christians, the festival celebrates the baptism of Jesus on the Jordan River. The main highlight of the Timkat festival includes a pristine ritual, which revolves around the re-enactment of the baptism.