bay area, California

SEE YOU IN 2020!


an Afro Urban festival

de Afrique

The gifted child of Afro Urban Society, BdA brings us together across cultures, and showcases new, emerging and underground urban art, culture and people through performance, workshops, visual media and conversations. The festival features multiple days of events in collaboration with artists and various organizational partners. Find out more




This year, our theme explores the history of urban African culture by asking people of the Diaspora to reflect on a specific moment in their lives and to create a story from that moment. Our festival is anchored by our highlight event, a full-length dance-theater piece 'What Had Happened Was...' An Afro-Urban Musical


NOV 10, 16.17 | What Had Happened Was…: An Afro-Urban Musical

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nov 11 & 18 | Afro Urban Dance Workshops


nov 2: Art Exhibit & social at studio grand


Nov 16: Bakanal at the Oakland Museum


nov 20: documentary film & panel session at the new parkway


BdA 2018 Partners

Who a Dem?


The salt and pepper of our food. Connecting the dust here to the concrete there.



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Join the party! Whether you're an artist who wants to submit work to be featured, or you want to donate to support the project, or you just want to come do what needs to get done. We have room for you. Learn More

How do we give roots to the diaspora spread overseas who may never return? The lost. The dreamer. The worker. How do we communicate across languages forgotten, forced or adopted? Connecting the dust here to the concrete there.
— Bakanal de Afrique