Listen Live

The 20th Annual African Renaissance Festival

The 20th edition of the African Renaissance Festival will be hosted at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (Durban ICC) from the 24 to 26 May 2018

african renaissance festival 20th

The Festival includes a two-day conference, which will be held on Thursday, 24th and Friday, 25th May, a banquet, VIP cocktail event and a concert to be held on Saturday, 26th May at 6:30 pm. 

The African Renaissance Festival is held in May each year as part of the Africa Day celebrations, which are held on 25 May. 

Over the years a variety of themes have been addressed. The theme for the 2018 conference programme is inclusive social economic transformation. “Inclusive social economic transformation implies participation and benefit-sharing by vulnerable groups, which is the fundamental driver for job creation and economic growth in KwaZulu-Natal,” says Prof Sihawu Ngubane, chair of the African Renaissance organising committee. 

The year 2018 also marks the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, with a call by the Nelson Mandela Foundation for people to make a difference and help build the legacy Mandela would be proud of, which is in keeping with conference’s theme.

Day one of the conference is scheduled to be addressed by senior leaders in business and local, provincial and national government who will present various topics related to the theme. 

Day two of the conference will also promote and maximise the opportunities for our youth that are available through obtaining college and university bursaries to international institutions. The opportunity to study internationally is a brilliant experience that provides not only the possibility of acquiring new knowledge and skills but promotes personal growth. 

The African Renaissance Concert on the 26th of May at the Durban ICC Arena is a highlight event of the festival programme and will pay a musical tribute to the Festival’s twenty-year legacy.  

This year the vibrant mix of artists includes musical legend Vusi Mahlasela, hitmaker Dj Maphorisa, Gqom diva Tipcee, urban music princess Moonchild, maskandi collaborative Qadasi and Maqhinga, the RudeBoyz and the glorious voices of the Durban Gospel Choir. The power packed performance will feature various artist collaborations and is guaranteed to get you dancing.

Concert-goers are invited to come dressed to celebrate Africa’s Renaissance in a fitting style. This year a few spot prizes for the best-dressed members of the audience will be on offer. 

Concert tickets are available at Computicket at R50 per person.

 For other important information, visit the African Renaissance Facebook page here.

Show's Stories