Afrofest is an annual music festival that celebrates African culture and brings together many African communities in Canada. With over 100 000 people attending over the weekend, the festival is one of the largest annual gatherings of African communities in North America. Held annually since 1989, Afrofest is a showcase of the rich and diverse African culture. The free festival welcomes people of all ethnicities and communities and is a chance to discover Africa in the heart of Toronto.

Many of the greatest stars of African music have performed at the event over the years, including Hugh Masekela, Papa Wemba, Amampondo, Oumou Sangare, African Guitar Summit, Mzwakhe Mbuli, Thomas Mapfumo, Oliver Mtukudzi and many other ambassadors of African culture.

The festival is co-hosed by by Music Africa (not to be confused with Music In Africa), a non-profit community-based organization that was set up in 1990 to promote African music in Canada while striving to establish Toronto as a thriving global centre for African music. In partnership with Africa New Music, the vibrant two-day outdoor festival is a chance to immerse oneself in the beauty and diversity of the African continent.

The 27th edition of Afrofest takes place on the weekend of 4 and 5 July at Woodbine Park, Lakeshore Boulevard East and Coxwell Avenue, in Toronto.


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Profile added by Music In Africa Foundation on 30 Jun 2015