ACCRA, GHANA – Culture Management Group (CMG) announces afrobeats superstars Davido, J Hus, and Black Sherif as the musical headliners for AfroFuture Festival 2023. To help heat up the stage, these heavy hitters will be joined by a number of local and international musical acts to make this year’s festival one you don’t want to miss.

Sponsored by powerhouse brands like TuneCore, YouTube, Black Ambition, Topicals, Martell, and Jameson, this highly anticipated two day event will make its return to El Wak Sports Stadium in Accra, Ghana on Thursday, December 28th and Friday, December 29th.

AfroFuture continues to be a leader in celebrating Africa’s unique culture and the lively work of its many creatives, artists, and entrepreneurs across the continent. To strengthen its commitment to unify the diaspora, AfroFuture’s 2023 theme is “Black Unification & Pan Africanism,” which honors the achievements of Black pioneers throughout the diaspora and highlights their contributions to art, culture, and innovation. This year’s theme will delve into the global connections and shared experiences of African people, including conversations on the history of the Pan-African movement, the role of diaspora in global politics, and the significance of diaspora unity.

To bring this theme to life, the AfroFuture festival grounds will be transformed to encompass several cultural concepts – all created to take a deeper dive into the worlds of art, music, fashion, culture, and food. Each area will bring together a variety of local creatives, culinary professionals, musicians, and artists to create an engaging and unexpected world for festival guests to experience.

       “AfroFuture has always been more than just a festival; it’s a full-circle celebration of everything African – our culture, our people, our talents, and serves as a platform for us to appreciate and acknowledge the larger contributions we make in the world,” said Abdul Karim Abdullah, AfroFuture’s CEO and Co-Founder. “This Detty December, we’re back bigger, better, and stronger and we can’t wait to give our global supporters an unforgettable experience by beautifully blending the worlds of food, art, fashion, and music.”

       “Every year, we look forward to contributing to the growth of Ghana’s tourism and hospitality sectors by welcoming international visitors back to the country to experience not only our events, but all that Ghana has to offer.” said Kenny Agyapong Jr., COO & Co-Founder of Afrochella. “As one of Ghana’s most recognized cultural moments, AfroFuture will continue to foster engagement, increase interest, and boost tourism within the country, with a goal to make Ghana a premier destination for all travelers worldwide.”

AfroFuture has partnered with Streamline Travel and TravelMo to provide visitors from abroad with the best deals on flights and hotel accommodations when planning their trip to Ghana.

Back by popular demand, AfroFuture’s Vendor Village will again feature a one-of-a-kind exclusive food experience, located right on the festival grounds. The market will include 35 vendors including 12 fashion, beauty, and arts merchants as well as 23 food vendors featuring cuisines from all over the continent.

The road to AfroFuture continues on Monday, December 18th through Saturday, January 2nd and will feature the following flagship events and elements:

  • ●  Afro Expo 2023: A two-week expo that will host a series of digital experiences, wellness sessions, screenings, and panel discussions centered around the worlds of culture, technology, health, film, music, and art – connecting the diaspora to industry experts and changemakers who are creating opportunities on the ground and across the continent.
  • ●  Black Ambition Pitch Competition: A one-day entrepreneurship activation including panels and a pitch competition for African entrepreneurs, curated in partnership with Black Ambition, a non-profit initiative founded by visionary recording artist, producer and songwriter Pharrell Williams. Entrepreneurs will be able to pitch for a chance to win up to $5,000 for their business.
  • ●  AfroFuture Music Museum: A visual musical library-like experience that will transport the audience across time and space through live performances, art installations, and digital and printed material.
  • ●  Rising Star Challenge: Aspiring artists across the continent will have the opportunity to submit their musical profile for a chance to perform at the 2023 AfroFuture Festival and market their music to the masses. The 1st place winner of the Rising Star Challenge will win a cash grand prize, a studio session with an acclaimed producer, and more.
  • ●  AfroFuture x Black Film Space Film Competition: A partnership with the non-profit organization Black Film Space curating a short film contest highlighting Ghanaian filmmakers. The 1st place winner of the Film Competition will win a cash prize and an all expenses paid trip to represent Ghana as an Ambassador at Cannes Beach Film Festival.
  • ●  New Year’s Eve Celebration x PVO: AfroFuture teams up with PVO (Positive Vibes Only) to ring in the New Year with an unforgettable year-end celebration.
  • ●  AfroFuture Foundation Giveback: AfroFuture will host its annual community service day by providing packaged meals to various communities across Ghana.

For more information on AfroFuture 2023, please visit https://www.afrofuture.com/ and follow @afrofuture on X (Twitter), Facebook, and Instagram to stay up to date on the latest news and events.

Whisky Live Festival Returns with a Grand Launch

In a splendid comeback, the Whisky Live Festival, a celebration of whisky culture, marked its grand return with a captivating media launch at The Firs in Rosebank on Thursday, October 12th. This launch provided an exciting glimpse of what awaits at the highly anticipated Whisky Live Festival, set to run from November 1st to 3rd, commemorating 21 years of whisky enjoyment.

The event commenced with a tantalizing whisky tasting session led by Steven Saunders from Balvenie, offering a sneak peek into the exceptional whiskies slated for the main event in November.

Ken Varejes, the CEO of Whisky Live, encapsulated the essence of the celebration by saying, “Bringing the World of Whisky to You has always been our mission at Whisky Live. This year, we’re diving headlong into our rich heritage since 2002, focusing on the mystique and allure that surround this timeless golden liquid.”

Varejes went on to emphasize, “We invite you to gear up for an immersive journey, weaving fascinating tales, unmatched tastings, and indelible moments into a tapestry of pure taste delight.”

The Whisky Live Festival promises an immersive experience filled with captivating stories, unparalleled tastings, and unforgettable moments, creating a tapestry of pure delight for whisky enthusiasts. With an astounding showcase of over 200 whiskies, attendees are in for an exclusive journey tailored to the most discerning whisky palates.

Embracing the digital age, the Whisky Live Festival has introduced an innovative e-commerce platform. Brands now have the autonomy to manage their sales, providing attendees the convenience of discovering and securing their favorite whiskies effortlessly. In collaboration with The Whisky Shop, the festival offers streamlined delivery options, including direct doorstep delivery and convenient pickup from the onsite whisky shop.

Dave Broom, a globally acclaimed whisky expert with over three decades of industry experience, will grace the Whisky Live Festival as the distinguished guest and host of highly-rated Master Classes. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to explore the world of whisky through the eyes of this extraordinary expert.

The Whisky Live Festival is primed to be an unforgettable celebration, offering an exciting journey through the diverse world of whisky. Attendees will savor unparalleled tastings, enriching masterclasses, and engaging experiences, creating an event to be cherished.

Whisky aficionados will be delighted to explore a diverse range of esteemed whisky brands at the festival, including Glenfiddich, The Balvenie, Johnnie Walker, The Macallan, Glenmorangie, Lagavulin, Ardbeg, Talisker, Laphroaig, Glenlivet, Aberlour, Jameson, Hibiki, Woodford Reserve, and many more.

Event Details:

  • Dates: November 1, 2, and 3, 2023
  • Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM each day
  • Venue: The Firs, Rosebank
  • General Access Ticket Price: R495 (including VAT)

For ticket sales and more information, visit the official Whisky Live Festival website.

Whisky Live supports responsible drinking.