July 10, 2012 – The Festival International Nuits d’Afrique, everyone’s favourite celebration of African culture, returns to Montréal this year with a record 91 shows and workshops running across the city from July 10 to 22.
Since 1987, Nuits d’Afrique has thrived at the forefront of artistic creativity, pooling talents from across the globe—from Africa to the Caribbean to Latin America—for an unforgettable showcase of the best of old and new world musical traditions. Carving out a unique position in Montréal’s cultural landscape, the festival carries a spirit that brings together people of all ages and diverse backgrounds.
At the Village des Nuits d’Afrique, open daily from July 19 to 22 at the Parterre of the Quartier des spectacles, a host of free activities will be available, including the Agor’Afrique (where you can meet talented artists), rhythm and dance ateliers, a Kids’ Village, and the popular Timbuktu Market offering jewelry, paintings, sculptures, and traditional clothing.
The festival line-up is nothing short of stellar, with first-class concerts from, among others, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Côte d'Ivoire’s Tiken Jah Fakoly, the French and Algerian Gnawa Diffusion, Zimbabwean Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, Tobago’s Calypso Rose, and Guinean Tiranké Sidimé. At Nuits d’Afrique, you’ll be able to enjoy and travel the world through song and dance, and all this in the festive comfort of Montréal in the summertime. Amusez-vous bien!