Leeds International African Arts Festival

Three women dancing

About the event

An explosion of dance, artwork, poetry, and film. The Leeds International African Arts Festival debuts at LEEDS 2023 with a series of spectacular events, led by Creative Producer Ndidi Nkwopara

African communities from the city and beyond will come together in a celebration of their rich heritage, culture and the creativity that runs through it, with work from emerging artists and innovators.

It’ll be heating up in the kitchen, too. In a live-streamed Jollof rice cook-off, we’ll finally decide (well, for the day at least) which country takes home the Jollof cooking crown.


Commissioned by LEEDS 2023 as a part of My World My City My Neighbourhood supported by Arts Council England, Leeds Community Foundation and Mohn Westlake Arts Engagement Fund.