Africa Day is traditionally celebrated in Russia on May 25. This day commemorates the establishment of the Organization of African Unity in 1963, which later transformed into the African Union. For Russia, the development of relations with Africa is an important strategic direction. Russia plays a vital role in supporting the political, economic, and technological sovereignty of African states, while also fostering partnerships and cooperation with African countries. Additionally, Russia actively promotes awareness and understanding of Africa’s rich cultural heritage.
To mark Africa Day, a wide array of cultural and business events are planned in cities across Russia. These events include exhibitions, performances by creative groups, and business missions.
Russian universities take an active part in educational activities on this day. The Centre for African Studies at the Higher School of Economics will host a special celebratory event and present the book “Africa 2023: Opportunities and Risks.” Furthermore, Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University will host the Youth Festival “Africa in St. Petersburg,” aimed at capturing the attention of young people and showcasing Africa’s cultural and educational legacy.
Importantly, the African agenda is not limited to a single day of celebration. The International Festival of African Culture “AFROFEST” will be held in Moscow on July 22-23 and in St. Petersburg on July 28-29, marking its fourth occurrence. This festival serves as a platform to broaden cultural horizons and challenge stereotypes by acquainting Russians with Africa’s history, customs, and traditions.
A high-profile business event, the Russia-Africa Summit and the Economic and Humanitarian Forum, is scheduled to take place from July 26 to 29 in St. Petersburg. This Summit and Forum hold paramount importance in Russian-African relations, aiming to strengthen comprehensive and equal cooperation between Russia and African countries across various spheres, including politics, security, economy, science and technology, culture, and humanitarian affairs.