The 22nd annual edition of one of London’s most popular summer festivals will once again be a worldly event with more than 30 performers from around the globe.
Organizers announced Tuesday the list of musicians that would headline TD Sunfest 2016, which runs in Victoria Park July 7-10.
Every year, the festival has a different theme and this year’s is no different, focusing on the continent of Africa.
Executive & Artistic Director Alfredo Caxaj says they’re excited to focus on a new region.
“Africa is really the motherland of music and a lot of people, big musicians such as Peter Gabriel and Robert Plant, are turning their sights to Africa, almost trying to find the roots of their music.”
However, performers from a number of other countries will still be highlighted, including some from the continents of Europe and South America.
Chris Campbell, the director of culture and entertainment tourism for Tourism London says he thinks the festival can get even bigger!
“There’s a tremendous opportunity for us as tourism to help promote this outside of London. I believe that we will be able to draw more people in than it already does from outside of town. It’s certainly renowned in southwestern Ontario, but I think we can pull in more people. It’s such a wonderful event.”
The festival is free and draws crowds of thousands of people every year.
International Guest Artists:
- Krar Collective (Ethiopia/UK)
- Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble (Benin/Finland)
- Grèn Sémé (Réunion Island)
- BKO Quintet (Mali)
- Cynthia Montaño (Colombia)
- Elida Almeida (Cape Verde)
- Daby Touré (Mauritania)
- Betsayda Machado y Parranda El Clavo (Venezuela)
- Neema’s Children’s Choir (Uganda)
- Congreso (Chile)
- Fanfare Ciocarlia & Adrian Raso (Romania/Canada)
- Gabriel Palatchi Trio (Argentina)
- Himmerland (Denmark)
- Budiño (Galicia/Spain)
- Picadillo (Spain)
- Nils Fischer & Timbazo (The Netherlands)
- Cardboard Fox (UK)
- Jewish Monkeys (Israel)
- Nano Stern (Chile)
- Villalobos Brothers (Mexico/USA)
More information can be found on the Sunfest website.