The Africa Alive Festival brings contemporary African culture by means of film programmes, concerts, readings, exhibitions, children’s and youth events and political podiums. As a unique cooperation of committed private individuals, Frankfurt cultural institutions, initiatives and associations, the series of events aims to promote a lively dialogue between cultures, thus contributing to the reduction of prejudices and enriching multicultural Frankfurt. In 1996, the UNESCO declared Africa Alive the project of the World Decade for Cultural Development. In 2001, the festival became the official German contribution to the UN year “Dialogue between Cultures”. In 2002 and 2003 it was under the patronage of the German section of UNESCO. Since 2003 Africa Alive has been a member of the Association of Hessian Film Festivals.
Since the German Film Museum presented fourteen new African films at the first Africa Alive Festival in 1995, the programme has steadily expanded and offers African artists a forum to present themselves and their works on the European continent, where African films, literature and culture are still little known, especially in Germany.
With a steadily growing audience, Africa Alive shows almost all films in the original version with German or English subtitles and sets a different thematic or country focus each year.