STRONGER THAN BULLETS - world premiere at Calgary International Film Festival

Muammar Gaddafi ruled Libya as a dictator for 42 years. During his reign, he forcibly censored Western influences, including the playing of music, and artists of all kinds were pushed underground. In February 2011, when the Arab Spring took hold in Libya, fighting filled the streets as citizens picked up weapons to stand against Gaddafi’s oppression, and some picked up an instrument. While violence ripped the country apart, music brought its people together.

STRONGER THAN BULLETS follows the lives of several Libyan musicians throughout the conflict: soldiers, preachers and ordinary citizens. They play music of all varieties, from folk to hip-hop to metal, representing the hope that sprung up anew in the country after Gaddafi's death; freedom, however, is not so easily won. As the remnants of the old empire cling to power, the musicians find their very right to play threatened. Telling, at its heart, a relatable artistic story through the lens of one of the major Middle Eastern conflicts, STRONGER THAN BULLETS is director Matthew Millan's second venture into the Libyan civil war, after WE WIN OR WE DIE.

The Calgary International Film Festival invites you to come experience this amazing rock & roll odyssey.  Director Matthew Millan, producers Harold Millan & Hammuda Abidia, and composer Erik Niel will be in attendance at Friday night's screening!



For more information, please visit


Posted on September 22, 2016 .

Thank you Papa Wemba

With a world dancing to his music, papa Wemba left his mark.  He also left his mark right here in Calgary when he graced our stage at Afrikadey! 2004.  He revolutionised rumba music and laid the foundations for soukous music... Always a rebel, a creative force and an innovator, we will miss him.

It is with a heavy heart and fond memories that we say goodbye and thank you papa Wemba...


Posted on May 16, 2016 .

Games of La Francophonie in 2017

Appel à tous les jeunes artistes canadiens!

Nous sommes à la recherche de jeunes artistes âgés de 18 à 35 ans pour les Jeux de la Francophonie de 2017! Vous pouvez maintenant soumettre votre candidature dans l’une des 12 catégories pour courir la chance de représenter le Canada en Côte d’Ivoire, l’an prochain.

Pour obtenir les  lignes directrices, les formulaires et plus d’info, visitez
Soyez de la partie : soumettez votre candidature aujourd’hui!
Date limite: 29 avril
Partagez généreusement cette information au sein de vos réseaux!

Calling all young Canadian artists!

We're looking for artists aged 18-35 for the Games of La Francophonie in 2017! You can apply now in 1 of 12 categories to represent Canada in Côte d'Ivoire next year. Find guidelines, application forms and more info here: 

Apply today and get your games on!
Deadline: April 29th

Please share this information widely within your networks!

Posted on March 3, 2016 .


There is an exciting event that will be held in Calgary: "BECAUSE I AM AFRICAN".  Join us on March 26, 2016 (6:00pm-8:00pm) at the John Dutton Theatre which will be a night full of celebration and cultural exchanges of the various African heritages. The event will primarily focus on "African identity" and "The beauty of African cultures".  On this amazing evening there will be powerful keynote speakers, spoken word,  traditional African dance performances, theatrical African fashion shows, African Jeopardy and so much more! 

This event will give Calgarians an opportunity to integrate while exchanging knowledge, educate one another and most importantly overcome barriers in supporting for a more positive and dynamic Calgary. 

Please support us and come be apart of the "Because I am African" unforgettable experience. 
To purchase tickets you can go online through eventbrite  at " Because I am African".
Direct link:

Or in person, please contact 403-975-4726. There are limited seats!!!


Posted on March 2, 2016 .

A very big year!

We are inviting you to to be part of a special "25th anniversary edition".  Yes, the Afrikadey! World Music festival is celebrating its Silver jubilee anniversary this year. We intend to provide you music that will keep your feet shaking and your soul satisfied.

Over the last twenty 24 years, Afrikadey! has presented internationally recognised artists like Salif Keita, Thomas Mapfumo, Soul Brothers, Lagbaja and multiple Grammy Winner Angelique Kidjo. One of our headliners last year, Rocky Dawuni, was nominated for Best Reggae artist.

Afrikadey! also brings to Calgarians delicious food, spectacular dance troupes, provocative theatre, daring films, evocative literature and stunning visual arts.  This year's edition will take place at various locations and the finale at Prince's Island Park is on August 13 - so mark your calendar! 

We invite you to come visit the site often to see what we have in store for your amazement...

The Afrikadey! team


Posted on February 20, 2016 .

Afrikadey! 2015 presents Nike Okundaye

Afrikadey! is pleased to present Nike Okundaye. ‘Mama Nike’ is world renowned for her modern approach to the weaving and dying practice of her hometown in North Central Nigeria.  She is celebrated for her work in reviving traditional Nigerian culture.

Nike will be making several appearances throughout the festival, speaking, giving textile workshops, and showcasing her beautiful artwork.   

Posted on June 23, 2015 .

The Afrikadey! | Groove Theory Songwriting Competition | 2015

Come to Groove Theory on June 25th at 9pm for a chance to win a spot to perform at
Afrikadey 2015 at Prince's Island Park on Aug 8th !!
Groove Theory is a weekly open mic/jam held by members of the Calgary music
scene. It is an open-format showcase of talent that takes place every
Thursday at Below Deck Tavern. Afrikadey would like to give YOU the
opportunity to grace their stage at this years festival.

3 spots • 3 songs • 6 weeks • any genre • backline provided •All you have to do is show up !!
An Open-Ended, Free Form, perfectly imperfect, "do wat u feel" Open Mic/Jam
GROOVE THEORY - The Musician's Jam
Bring your bars, your hooks, your instruments, your tambourine,
your cowbell and your triangle !
soul | reggae | ska | blues | rnb | rocksteady | rockabilly
Below Deck DOWNSTAIRS right beside Flames Central at 9 PM

Posted on August 19, 2014 .

Aesthetica Art Prize: Call for Entries – New Prizes Announced

You have one month to enter the Aesthetica Art Prize, an international award that celebrates

and supports rising talent from across the art world. Submissions are welcome from artists at all 

stages in their career. Categories for entry are: Photographic & Digital Art, Three Dimensional 

Design & Sculpture, Painting & Drawing and Video, Installation & Performance.

The Aesthetica Art Prize is a fantastic opportunity for artists to showcase their works to new, 

international audiences and boost their career with an outstanding array of prizes which include 

£5,000 (approx. CA$ 9145) prize money, group exhibition, editorial coverage in Aesthetica 

Magazine (168,000 readership worldwide) and publication in an anthology of top emerging 


Entry is £15 and permits the submission of two works into one category.

Entries close 31 August 2014. For more information and to submit visit

Posted on July 30, 2014 .

Messages from Mali special offer


The EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts has extended a gracious offer to the Afrikadey! community. See below for information on a great upcoming show.

Hello from EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts!

You represent an integral part of the diverse cultural landscape of our community. As a token of our appreciation for supporting cultural initiatives in Calgary, we would like to extend to you an exclusive 50% off discount to our upcoming show Messages from Mali featuring Fatoumata Diawara & Bassekou Kouyate!

SAVE 50% on tickets to Messages from Mali!
Promotion Code: MALI50 | CALL: 403.294.9494 | BUY ONLINE


Messages from Mali
Fatoumata Diawara & Bassekou Kouyate

EPCOR CENTRE’s BD&P World Music Series
Thursday, January 30, 2014 – Pre-show 6pm, Concert 7pm
EPCOR CENTRE’s Jack Singer Concert

"A must for anyone seeking new musical adventures." ~Dee Dee Bridgewater

Fatoumata Diawara & Bassekou Kouyate visit Calgary for a special engagement that will take you away with sounds from the Sahara.

Be mesmerized by the music of Mali with this unique double-bill of rising stars from West Africa! At the heart of Diawara’s music is her warm voice and understated guitar that tell powerful stories of her own troubled life. Her performances are intelligent and embody rich Malian music traditions with a contemporary twist. Diawara has become an advocate for peace in her home country, assembling over 40 of Mali’s most renowned musicians to record "Mali-ko (Peace / La Paix)”.

Posted on January 21, 2014 .

Afrikadey! announces the Island Wrap-up Party / adds H'Sao to the Prince's Island Park lineup


Afrikadey! 2013 World Music Festival is pleased to announceThe Island Wrap-up Party, Saturday August 10 starting at 9pm. 

For those who can't get enough African groove and culture, the Island Wrap-up Party is one that shouldn't be missed. The night will feature world-music mainstay Soukous Stars, performing alongside French sensation Yondo Sister, and Nigerian multi-talent Dare Alade. The night's festivities will be held at the Kerby Centre - 1133 7th Ave. SW - tickets $15 available at the door.

Afrikadey! 2013 World Music Festival is also pleased to announce the addition of Montréal-based H'Sao to the Prince's Island Park line-up. H'Sao blends gospel, traditional African beats, R&B, and other genres into their critically-acclaimed performance and will surely prove to be a must-see of the festival. 


Posted on July 10, 2013 .

Critically acclaimed multi-award winning hip-hop artist Common to headline Afrikadey! 2013 World Music Festival

Afrikadey! Arts and Culture Club is pleased to announce the addition of the critically acclaimed hip-hop artist Common to the 2013 World Music Festival. The multi-talented performer, activist, and actor brings his unique style and lived hip-hop history to the stage Saturday, August 10th.

For more information please visit our artists page

And for tickets

Posted on May 6, 2013 .

Calgary named cultural capital of Canada for 2012

This year 2012, Calgary is the  Cultural Capital of Canada. The city will shine with the centennial anniversary of major cultural institutions like the Stampede, Public Library, Grand theatre and Pumphouse. 

The cosmopolitan city of Calgary is composed of proud people from all walks of life, living together, celebrating, sharing and creating a cultural mosaic of our own accord. 

Afrikadey! is proud to be recognised for its pioneering role in the presentation of culturally diverse arts in the city.

We are elated that Calgary 2012 organisers are funding Afrikadey! festival to help connect Calgarians  to the deep roots of Africa's rich arts and culture.. 

Come join us and take part in the celebrations of 2012.  For more information aboutCalgary 2012 please visit:

Posted on May 6, 2013 .

Donate now and support 'Arts of Community Building' project

Make a meaningful gift of time or money to support creativity where you live!

InvestYYC is designed to assist local artists and non-profit arts, culture and heritage organizations by creating a space where their strongest, most inspiring work can be supported by people like you! InvestYYC provides you with a forum to invest time or money where you live. Make a direct connection to creative projects that resonate with you. We hope that you will consider building a portfolio of investments, no matter how great, in these incredible projects that build our city’s creative energy.The projects on InvestYYC have been identified by Calgary 2012’s and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts’ arms-length grant selection committees or by ATB Financial’s internal community investment application process. They have been selected from a large pool of applicants based on their impact, excellence and ability to execute. All of the projects on InvestYYC are worthy of support.

Every donation gets a charitable receipt for tax purposes.

Click here for more information

Posted on May 5, 2013 .