Groove and taste the flavours of Africa at Geelong’s Bantu Fest this weekend

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Groove and taste the flavours of Africa at Geelong’s Bantu Fest this weekend

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Words by Staff Writer

The Bantu Fest is proudly promoting African culture and its diversity through a shared love of music, dance, market stalls, visual arts and food.

The beats are about to drop, the dancefloor is calling, and the aromas of Africa are wafting through Geelong’s Bantu Fest. This Sunday, October 29, mark your calendars and gather your friends, because this vibrant celebration of African culture is back in town.

From traditional African rhythms to the latest Afro beats, Bantu promises a sensory overload that you won’t want to miss. Nestled at Geelong West Town Hall, this unique market offers an eclectic blend of African culture through music, dance, market stalls, visual arts, and delectable food.

Bantu Fest

When: Sunday, October 29, 12pm to 5pm
Where: Geelong West Town Hall, Geelong

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As for what to expect, traditional drumming and mesmerising dance performances will keep you on your toes while delicious food trucks will cater to your taste buds, and market stalls will offer exclusive deals on a range of African-inspired products. From clothing to jewellery and more, there’s something for everyone.

Live music takes center stage at Bantu, and this edition is no exception. Get ready for a stellar line-up that includes Immy Owusu, a nominee for Best Musician of 2023 in the Music Victoria Awards. His melodies promise to uplift your spirits and get you moving.

Joining him are The Seben Brothers, an energetic dance band that delivers a joyful assault of Rhumba, a style of music, and Soukous “kwassa kwassa” dance hailing from the DRC in Central Africa. The Sebene is a characteristic instrumental bridge typically executed on the electric guitar, adding an authentic Congolese touch to the festivities.


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The aim of the Bantu Fest goes beyond entertainment. It’s about bringing the community together, celebrating Africa, and embracing cultural diversity. It’s a chance to connect, engage, and experience the rich tapestry of this fascinating continent.

So, come and celebrate the vibrant sounds, tastes, and style of Africa this weekend at Geelong’s African market. The Bantu Fest awaits at Geelong West Town Hall on October 29 from 12pm to 5pm.

Don’t miss this opportunity to revel in a day filled with African culture and diverse entertainment – a true celebration of unity and joy.