The Festival International Nuits d’Afrique is a 13-day event which runs from July 10 to July 22. This year is the 32nd event of this kind and features worldwide performers with their music linked to Africa. During the first week you can expect a number of concerts to be held in Montreal, however, the last few days are filled with outdoor shows in the Quartier des Spectacles and are free to enter. On June 29, the president and cofounder of the event, Mohamed Lamine Tour was one of a few people from Montreal who were appointed Member and Officer of the Order of Canada. It is this that has brought notoriety to the festival this year.
The festival is set to be one that is memorable. Performers from more than 30 countries throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, and Africa are scheduled to play in almost 125 concerts during the event. The Nuits d’Afrique series is expected to be a highlight of the festival. A variety of genres and themes which appeal to different people will be on offer. Whether you are seeking something composed entirely of women or something a little more electronic, you will not be disappointed. You will truly be able to experience Africa as a whole, without having to catch a flight.
More Than Just Music
Explore the Timbuktu Market and enjoy the tastes, smells, and sights at the more than 40 merchant stores. Indulge in some traditional African food and barter with the artisans selling their handmade goods. If you have always wanted to play an instrument or learn to dance the traditional way, there will be a number of free, open workshops for you to play out your fantasies. The festival caters for all ages. People aged between 20 and 75 are expected to attend. Family orientated activities will also be highlighted. You are never too old to learn a new culture or try something completely different.