This month, the Goethe-Institut will celebrate the future of Africa through the African Futures Festival, a network of three interdisciplinary festivals in Johannesburg, Lagos, and Nairobi that will run concurrently from October 28th to October 30th. African Futures will showcase the vision of the African future through literature, fine arts, performance, music, and film.

The festival will include a live video conference connecting Johannesburg with New York and Sao Paulo. Similarly, it will include a film series, performances, exhibitions, and a virtual reality workshop. Curators for Johannesburg include Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, founder of Chimurenga, Ntone Edjabe, and visual artist Loyiso Mkize, to name a few. The all-star guest list includes prominent names from across the continent with more than fifty international participants,including Nnedi Okorafor (Nigeria),JeanPierre Bekolo (Cameroon), Spoek Mathambo (SA), Faustin Linyekula (DRC), and Achille Mbembe (Cameroon/SA).

The project is funded by the Goethe-Institut and the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.