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Now in its fourth year, Habari Africa Festival features local and international artists who bring the evolving traditions and vibrant diversity of African culture to Toronto.

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Lakeview Market

12:00pm – 7:00pm


The Lakeview Market features fab finds from all corners of the globe including old world crafts and new, unique designs. Choose from traditional artifacts, local, artisanal, eco-friendly, fair trade products and more.

Food Vendors

12:00pm – 7:00pm


Grab some food and take in the view. Our food vendors are an extension of some of the busiest kitchens in the GTA, and an important complement to the summer festival season at Harbourfront Centre.

Ubuntu Drum and Dance

12:30pm – 1:15pm



Ubuntu (I Am Because We Are) Drum and Dance Theatre is a grass root children’s group committed to celebrating African culture and history through drumming, dance and theatre.

Moko Jumbie Stilt Dancing Workshop

1:00pm – 4:00pm



An elementary stilt dance workshop for children of all ages and an introduction to Moko Jumbie.

Let's Drum and Dance for Life! Workshop with Njacko Backo

1:00pm – 1:45pm



Let's Drum and Dance for Life! brings together people of all ages to learn about percussion, African culture and cooperation

Shekere - African Rhythm Shakers Crafts

1:00pm – 6:00pm


Join in the fun and learn to make your own African rhythm shekere!

Haiba: Songs from Western Sudan

2:00pm – 2:45pm


Abdel Wahab Haiba is an accomplished oud player, singer and composer from El Obeid City in Western Sudan. His ensemble features a line-up of leading Sudanese musicians, with Tarig Shanga on bongos, Hamid Ismail on bass guitar and Misara Gandhi on accordion.

Oware Canada Games

2:00pm – 5:00pm



Join the excitement as Oware, Africa’s most popular board game played in the many Caribbean Islands and around the world, comes to Habari Africa.

Sangele Traditional Head-wrap Workshop

2:30pm – 3:00pm


Learn the creative art and cultural traditions of SANGELE, traditional African head-wraps in this workshop led by Sani Abu Mohammed of ijovudu Dance Company. In the African continent head-wraps have many different styles, materials and tying techniques and are a symbol of beautification for any special occasion.

Balafon Village Workshop with Adama Daou

3:00pm – 4:00pm


With simple rhythmic and melodic exercises, Adama Daou will introduce you to the balafon, an African wooden xylophone, that UNESCO has named as a masterpiece of intangible heritage.

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