From the 1-6 of December each year in Nairobi, Kenya, the Kiwani LitFest is hosted, featuring talks on literature and language and how this influences and relates to African experiences throughout the continent.
Panafest, in Ghana dominates the scene from December 5-8, showcasing each year fantastic music, dancing, art and culture as well as achievements from across the continent. Each year brings a different theme which helps promote the resilience and diversity of the African peoples and their struggles.
The 12th of December features BET Experience Africa in Johannesburg. Described as the ultimate lifestyle festival helps kick off the summer in style, featuring prominent musicians and comedians and is a light hearted festival celebrating African performing arts.
From 19th – 20th of December, Accra, Ghana is home to the Sebolai Radio Music Festival, which showcases indie music from around the region. This festival regularly features more than 30 artists who play everything from AfroBeat to traditional fusion and house music amongst others.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe hosts the Vic Falls Carnival from the 29-31st of December, a perfect way to bring in the New Year. Described as a once in a lifetime New Years party, this carnival, this celebration includes things like secret bush parties, train parties, and features musicians from around the continent. Tickets are required, so make sure to purchase in advance.
If business is more your bag, there are a few great business events in December focusing on Africa as well:
The 1st -2nd of December is home to the Global African Investment Summit in Westminster, London. Partnered with various African Heads of State, this summit attracts investors from around the world to hear speeches and talks on the investment opportunities throughout Africa.
The 2nd of December is the FT Growth Markets Summit in New York City, which brings together top investors, business leaders, economists and advisors to discuss the expansion, regions, and countries that are most likely to experience growth and prosperity in the medium and long term time frames, and will focus on identifying the best, most sustainable ways to encourage and sustain growth in these areas.
The 15th -18th of December in Nairobi is the World Trade Organization’s Ministerial Conference, which will see talks and discussions on the potential membership for Liberia and Afghanistan this year – two of the world’s least developing countries, but other discussions will be carried out amongst the ministers and decision makers.