11 Ways to Celebrate Africa Day

Celebrate Africa and its culture, from contemporary afrobeats to breathtaking natural sights

By Google Arts & Culture

Women dressed in Adire attire and raising a piece of Adire fabric (2019)The Centenary Project

Celebrate Africa Day by exploring the continent's art and culture through a new lens. Scroll down and click the links to get the party started...

1. Step inside and explore the collections

There are thousands of iconic museums, galleries, and cultural sites in Africa, including Nigeria’s Yemisi Shyllon Museum. Virtually visit 42 cultural institutions across the continent and read over 300 expert-curated stories on art, identity, music, fashion, food and more. 

Mali map

2. Discover the magic of Mali

Step into the rich history and heritage of Mali to learn about its manuscripts, music, monuments and modern art. The Malian people’s unbelievable resilience to human and environmental threats, and their unwavering commitment to preserve their heritage will move you.

Pilgrims dressed in white seamless sheets (1979) by Mohamed AminMohamed Amin Foundation

3. Take inspiration from a legendary photographer

Discover the works by the  Kenyan hero Mo Amin and learn why he is known as the Eye of Africa. In a bespoke experiment, immerse yourself works spanning his entire career and step behind-the-scenes to uncover his passion, favourite cameras, music taste and unique work ethic. 

Copy of Sebaaieni Cave, Ndedema Gorge (2006) by Harold PagerOriginal Source: Rock Art Research Institute

4.Find out why Africa is the birthplace of creativity

Journey back in time to discover why Africa is known as the Cradle of Creativity. From the first artist's studio, to ancient rock art all the way to some of today's best artistic voices — taking this journey is sure to get your creative juices flowing. 

The Superheroes of Kenya (2020) by Shujaa StoriesNational Museums of Kenya

5. Which Kenyan superhero are you?

Step back in time with 61 Kenyan heroes and discover how they fought for their communities’ land, freedom and spiritual well-being. Take the quiz to find out who your super alter-ego would be. 

Black Panther, Comp by Osborne Macharia

Drawing on Afrofuturism, be inspired by artists from the diaspora and Osborne Macharia to create your own Afrofuturist world. Release your inner superpowers and let your imagination be your guide. 

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (2017) by Blackwell & RuthOriginal Source: 200 Women

6. Be inspired by Africa's trailblazing women

Let the voices of women past and present inspire you. Meet a courageous freedom fighter, let Mama Nike ignite your creativity, learn about activist Winnie Mandela's bravery, take in the remarkable story of Queen Tiye and score a goal with a strong women's football team. 

Teni's Creative Journey (2021)Terra Kulture

7. Feel the buzz of Africa's most populous city

Step inside Lagos, Nigeria's most populous city, with Èkó for Show, and let over 100 creatives inspire you. Start singing Afrobeat tunes with Teni, paint the lagoon with Victor Ehikamenor, meet the stars of Nollywood with Iké Udé and let Davido inspire your taste buds.

Perspectives x Busiswa: Johannesburg, South Africa

Continue your journey to South Africa and feel the urban vibe with musicians Busiswa and Muzi. Let them take you on a personal city tour and learn how Durban and Johannesburg have impacted their lives. 

Walking Towards the Main Door of Gereza Fort in Kilwa Kisiwani (2018-12) by CyArkCyArk

8. Join the movement to preserve Africa’s wonders

Climate change is impacting nature, historical sites and communities across the continent. Be inspired by the people of Kilwa Kisiwani in Tanzania, and learn how planting mangrove trees and using technology can help save historical ruins and communities. 

Ibeji (brothers) (2019) by Stephen TayoOriginal Source: Homecoming Festival

9. Turn your lens on Africa

Join Africa's photographers in capturing and sharing culture in new ways. Be inspired by legendary photojournalist James Barnor, take a look back at 10 years of LagosPhoto Festival and learn how to turn the street into a runway with Stephen Tayo. 

10. Explore Black history beyond the continent

African culture has had a transformative impact on the world and keeps fuelling creativity in the diaspora. Join rapper Nas in paying homage to the long tradition of Black musicians and storytellers who inspire us to this day. 

BS2, RESIST & REVOLT BLACK HISTORY, LIVE TRANSMISSION, Bristol Art Weekender, BEEF studios, Bristol, UK by Libita ClayonSomerset House

Learn more about black history and culture in the United States, the United Kingdom or explore 50 years of black creativity through the exhibition ‘Get Up, Stand Up Now.’ 

11. Celebrate the best of Africa with YouTube

Tune in to celebrate trailblazing African stars from across the continent. This Pan African event is hosted by Idris Elba, Busiswa and D’banj. Get to know Africa’s next wave of talent making their mark on the global stage. 

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