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Omah Lay, Yemi Alade, Tekno, Others Set To Headline AAF Debut In Abu Dhabi

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The award-winning All Africa Festival (AAF), the UAE’s largest celebration of Africa’s rich and diverse cultures in all their vibrant expressions and representations, is set to make a return for its 3rd edition, debuting in the nation’s capital, Abu Dhabi.

The festival will take place from 02 – 04 February 2024 and will see the UAE Africa Connect(UAEAC) platform operate as the festival’s strategic partner.

UAEAC is a platform that celebrates the harmonic and solid partnership between the UAE and Sub-Saharan Africa.

A-list artists slated to perform at the event include Omah Lay, Diamond Platnumz, Yemi Alade, Eddy Kenzo, Tekno, Skales, Kofi Olomide and Nora Fatehi amongst many other African stars.

The stage will be set on the grounds of Etihad Park; located in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s landmark family entertainment destination, Yas Island.

This fun-packed event will bring together residents and visitors alike for a 3-day long entertainment and culturally immersive extravaganza that includes performances from globally renowned music icons, as well as locally based talents and DJs, with representation from all regions of the African continent.

Festival goers are invited to also come out and enjoy diverse offerings of pan-African cuisine, catch a glimpse of unique displays of live art and creative installations, and immerse themselves in fashion exhibits from UAE-based designers; all of which come together to present a mosaic of uniquely curated experiences that pay homage to the spirit of Africa and its people residing in different corners of the world.

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring back the All Africa Festival, with Yas Island in Abu Dhabi providing the perfect backdrop to take this event to new heights in driving our mandate to showcase and celebrate Africa’s vibrant entertainment, food and cultural experiences to residents and visitors to the UAE and the GCC region at large,” said Nina Olatoke, CEO and Co-Founder of the All Africa Festival.

“From humble beginnings in Dubai’s Creek Park in 2018, to two consecutive years hosting the Festival at the foot of Burj Khalifa in Burj Park, our history spans more than five years of curating and successfully yielding a festival that welcomes all nationalities to come and experience the heartbeat of Africa through sound and displays of art, fashion and cuisine,” said Nina.

The decision to move the All Africa Festival to Abu Dhabi is inspired by the nation’s ongoing commitment to fostering an inclusive and culturally diverse society, as well as having witnessed the growth in the number of African expats living and working in the UAE. The UAE is increasingly becoming widely viewed by the African community as a land of opportunity and a global destination of distinction for occupational, entrepreneurship and creative opportunities for expats.

“As we bring to life the electric, vibrant energy for which Africa is known through music performances, fashion and art installations across the three days, we are truly honoured to be working closely with UAE Africa Connect, our strategic partner, the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi, as well as Miral, the leading creator of immersive destinations and experiences, in bringing this event to life,” Nina adds.

The African renaissance is alive and growing across the world, with African music genres Amapiano and Afrobeats for example, becoming platforms for which to connect the world with the indomitable buzz of African creativity and intercultural exchange through song and dance. The All Africa Festival seeks to therefore build on previous successes, attracting residents and tourists to what has become an annual event that celebrates not only the diversity of African culture but also the equally culturally diverse landscape for which the UAE is known.

Tickets to the All Africa Festival on Yas Island are now available for sale on Platinumlist and Ticketmaster.

Ticketmaster: https://rb.gy/jzzj6

Platinumlist: https://rb.gy/oejdh

Potential vendors and performers keen to participate in this edition of AAF are invited to register their interest by emailing info@allafricafestival.

To learn more about the All Africa Festival or catch key event updates, visit www.allafricafestival.com

The All Africa Festival (AAF) is brought to you by the All African Food & Culture Fest, a Dubai DED registered company Lic. No. 955399. Having started in 2018, AAF was conceived with the desire to showcase the vibrant energy, beauty, culture, and diversity of Africa in all HER expressions to residents and expats of UAE and the region.

The Founding members and organisers of AAF lead non-profit initiatives which support Africans in the UAE, in collaboration with African Missions, businesses and communities; doing so by running workshops, seminars and events that help foster collaboration between the African business community and residents and expats living and working in UAE.

Yas Island is an island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It occupies a total land area of 25 km². It is a leisure island and one of the largest tourism projects in Abu Dhabi.

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