25 May 2010

Festival Under the Volcano

No, not the volcano in Iceland. This one's in warmer, less ashy climes, in Limbe, Cameroon. Held in the Botanic Gardens there, The Under the Volcano Festival features performances from all over Cameroon. The first festival was held January 16th this year, and apparently the organizers plan to hold it annually if support permits.

From the festival website:
Cameroon is known as "Africa in Miniature." There are around 260 distinct ethnic groups and languages, and the festival gave a glimpse of the rich diversity of culture in Cameroon.

At the festival we aim:
  • to bring all ages, ethnicities and religions together in a joyous open-air event.
  • to show off the diversities of different cultures.
  • to encourage people to nurture their traditional culture.
  • to mix professional and amateur performers in one festival and show people that their culture is appreciated widely.
  • through filming and recording to show off these cultures to the world.
  • to eventually make the festival self-sustaining.
Examples of all the environments of Africa are present in Cameroon from desert to savanna to rainforest to mountains. The different cultures also mirror all the peoples of Africa. At the festival in Limbe we bring Cameroon together through music and dance.

Put this on your global to-do list, alongside the Fez Festival in Morocco, the Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo, and the Festival in the Desert in Mali (among others).

If you attend one these or other global music/dance/culture festivals and would like to write about it for SoundRoots, we're all ears. Here's a look at this year's Under The Volcano Festival:

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