24. July 2012
Africa for the senses
A special treat awaits visitors to the Danube Island until 12 August: the fascination of Africa!
There has been no shortage of heat in Vienna in the last few weeks. The feel of Africa requires more than just strong sunshine, however. Much more. And this extra is being provided until 12 August at the Africa Days on the Danube Island. It is not possible, of course, to compress the diversity of an entire continent into 40,000 square metres, but a sufficient amount will be provided for an entertaining and informative introduction to African culture(s).
The Africa Days take you a voyage of discovery for all the senses: hear a daily ration of new African music, smell the aroma of exotic spices, taste the delicious spicy cuisine, see the colourful arts and crafts bazaar, and touch (or even ride) a camel. There are drum workshops and a children’s programme as well as information events and discussions where organisations working in Africa will explain their activities. At its heart, however, the Africa Days are a festival of pure enjoyment, a celebration of life – but without distorting reality.
Fashion & danceOn 11 August a very special fashion show will take place during the Africa Days where new collections by the African artist Ambali Bamgbola and traditional costumes will be presented. There will also be a dance performance that creates a bridge between the old traditions and the modern world.
African soundsJahcoustix, Hans Söllner, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band and Jobarteh Kunda are just a few of the artists who will be performing at the Africa Days. Every day there will be at least two concerts (18.00 & 20.30), either by African musicians or musicians whose music has strong African influences. Admission is included in the daily ticket.
For childrenThe Africa Days are particularly interesting for children, and there is a whole series of highlights for youngsters aged six and over – they can build a mud hut, cross the Suez Canal on a raft, or blow huge soap bubbles. Fun and enjoyment guaranteed!
The soul of AfricaThe exhibition “Afrika – Terra Incognita. Jenseits und Diesseits des Sandmeeres” [Africa – terra incognita: before and beyond the sea of sand] at Halbturn Palace in Burgenland takes you to the colourful realm of kings, gods and ancestors and features rare and fascinating exhibits including gold jewellery illustrating the diverse traditions of Africa.
INFO: Until 28/Oct/2012. Tue–Sun & holidays 10.00–18.00. www.schlosshalbturn.com
26 July to 12 August 2012
Sat & Sun 11.00–24.00
Vienna, Danube Island / Floridsdorf bridge