On August 4-6 2017 the first festival of African culture took place in Obyrok – a farmstead in Chernihiv region.
Representatives from Congo, Ethiopia, Sudan, Guinea, Nigeria, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and other African countries participated there. Most of the Africans who were at the festival were representatives of embassies and students of Ukrainian universities.
The program of the festival was really impressing. There were many workshops on cooking, presentations, fashion shows, lectures, night concerts etc.
One of the main locations of the festival was the African Fair. It was there that you could taste dishes of national cuisines.
The music program, like the whole festival, also turned out to be a hot Afro-Ukrainian blend of folk, reggae, jungle, rock, soul: King Kwa Zulu (South Africa), Kemi Oke (Nigeria), Le Cour (Congo), Eduard “Dilya” Prystupa, Serhiy "Foma" Fomenko, Katya Chilly.
The purpose of the festival was better understanding African cultures in their diversity, to overcome prejudices and stereotypes, to establish a dialogue between representatives of different African countries and Ukraine. And it is safe to say that the purpose was successfully achieved.