Google Arts and Culture celebrates Africa’s cultural heritage

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Google Arts and Culture launched an online exhibit titled 11 Ways to Celebrate Africa Day. It shines a light on Africa’s shared cultural heritage and the continent’s creativity as part of the ongoing celebrations.

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Want to celebrate the continent? Here are 11 ways to do it.

360 tours of museums, galleries and cultural sites

Visitors to the site will have access to iconic museums, galleries and cultural sites, including Kenya’s The African Heritage House. The site offers a visit to 26 cultural institutions and 194 curated stories.

Enjoy African cuisine

The continent’s cuisine prominently features in the exhibition and provides a gateway into the cultural essence of the continent. You’ll be able to take a culinary journey in Nigeria, among other African countries.

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Celebrate African music Heritage

The exhibit also showcases music from different African countries to celebrate our musical heritage and influence. Take a musical journey with Kenya’s Musa Omusi, learn about The Moving Theatre’s street concert in Egypt, and enjoy music from singer Mamani Keita from Mali.

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Enjoy the History and culture behind African masks

The history and culture of African masks is one of the highlights of the exhibition and lets visitors learn about how these masks changed 20th-century modern art. Masks can be found across the continent in Cameroon, Benin, Gabon, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau and Angola in different shapes, materials and symbolic meanings.

Explore 150 African cultures

This photo exhibition featuring photos from Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher cover 150 African cultures through 40 countries. It is a celebration of Africa’s traditions and practices that show the continents diverse and vibrant cultures from thousands of African communities. You can access more details about Kenya’s communities from the National Museums of Kenya.

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Enjoy other African countries with Street view

Using Street View as a guide, you’ll be able to visit iconic locations like the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt and street art of Johannesburg’s Maboneng Precinct, among others.

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Traditional African beadwork is featured, together with a read on the contemporary link between textiles and identity in the words of five present-day artists from South Africa. The skilled artisans of the beadwork are from Malawi, Kenya and Zambia, Rwanda and Uganda, South Africa and Lesotho, Mozambique and Mauritius and Cameroon and Tanzania.

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Explore black culture beyond the continent

With narration from hip-hop artist Nas, this exhibit provides insight on how African culture has had a transformative impact on the world.

View African contemporary art

Google Arts and Culture will allow you to view some of Africa’s amazing masterpieces created by Africa’s talented artists.

Explore the power of African art

Using the voices of Africa’s well-known celebrities, this exhibition will show how African culture connects and reminds us of what’s important.

The best of the continent with YouTube

In association with MTV base Africa, you can celebrate our amazing continent and its talent by enjoying the Africa Day Benefit Concert at home.


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