11 Ways to Celebrate Africa Day

From Nigerian cuisine to contemporary beats, get a taste of African cultures with these different Google Arts & Culture features

By Google Arts & Culture

From a taste of Nigerian jollof rice, to Street View tours of Egypt's ancient architecture, all the way through to contemporary African beats with hip hop artist Nas, Google Arts and Culture offers many ways to celebrate Africa Day.

Scroll down and click the links to discover how these Google Arts and Culture features and tools can help you explore and celebrate a world of African art, music, and more.

Women dressed in Adire attire and raising a piece of Adire fabricThe Centenary Project

1. Step inside the museums and explore the collections

All across Africa there are thousands of iconic museums, galleries and cultural sites, including the Kenya's Africa Heritage House, which you can click and explore here. Continue your journey by visiting 26 cultural institutions and diving into 200 curated stories

Upstairs room, The African Heritage HouseAfrican Heritage House

2. Get the party started with jollof

Nigerian cuisine is celebrated for its street-food roots and its new contemporary takes on the classics.

Let musician Davido inspire your taste buds with some of his favourite dishes. Can you pick a side in the jollof wars?

Jollof rice and fried chickenThe Centenary Project

3. Explore the roots and rhythms of African music

You can join a street concert in Egypt, listen to the captivating voice of Malian singer Mamani Keita or take a musical journey through Kenya with artist Musa Omusi to celebrate African musical heritage and influence. 

4. Discover how African masks changed modern art

Explore the history and culture of African masks, and learn how they changed 20th century modern art forever. African masks have existed since the dawn of time and can be found across the continent in different shapes and materials, bearing all kinds of symbolic meanings.

Check out these from Cameroon, Benin, Gabon, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau and Angola.

Kuosi Society Elephant Mask by UnknownBrooklyn Museum

5. Get to know Africa’s communities

Join photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher on a journey through more than 150 African cultures spanning over 40 countries...

...or get to know Kenya’s communities in more detail with the National Museums of Kenya. 

Turkana festivalNational Museums of Kenya

6. Let Street View be your guide

Street view lets you visit the Great Pyramid of Giza, or jump forward through the centuries and head south to explore the street art of Johannesburg’s Maboneng Precinct

Great Pyramid

7. Get style inspiration from African artisans and designers

Discover the beauty of traditional African beadwork, then read up on the contemporary link between textiles and identity in the words of five present-day artists from South Africa.

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet the skilled artisans from Malawi, Kenya and Zambia, Rwanda and Uganda, and South Africa and Lesotho.

Married Woman's Blanket Cape (Ngurara) by NdebeleThe Baltimore Museum of Art

8. Explore black history and culture 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. 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.’ 

9. Place a contemporary African masterpiece in your home

Place the artwork of Ben Enwonwu, Chéri Samba, Mohammed Melehi, Mohammed Khadda, Wosene Worke Kosrof, Ali Omar Ermes or Nja Mahdaoui in your living room. Open the Google Arts & Culture app, search for your favorite artist and click on the Art Projector feature to virtually display it infront of you.

For inspiration on what to get your teeth into, you can discover contemporary artists from more than 50 African countries through Luciano Benetton’s specially-commissioned project Imago Mundi. 

I Love Color by Chéri SambaFondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain

10. Feel the power of African art with five creatives

Culture connects us and reminds us of what’s most important. To inspire strength, DJ Poizon Ivy, Elana Brundyn, Ravi Naidoo, Omoyemi Akerele and Bolanle Austen-Peters share an artwork that gives them joy and hope as part of the Art for Soul series. 

Dj Poizon Ivy

What would be your #ArtForSoul piece? Find it on g.co/arts

Alex Nwokolo Condo News, Oil mix media on canvas, 33x33, 2007The Centenary Project

11. Celebrate the best of Africa with YouTube

Watch Africa’s greatest musicians come together for “Africa Day Benefit Concert At Home,” celebrating Africa Day and raising funds for families affected by Covid-19. Hosted by DJ and actor Idris Elba, the star-studded line up includes Burna Boy, Sho Madiozi and many more. 

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