“Ma che estate! 2023” – “What a summer! 2023” – takes over Verona, bringing together the arts, fashion, ethnic food, and associationism. The Afro-descent Festival, which will take place next week in the Comboni Missionaries Park in Verona from July 14 to 16, is a chance to address current issues such as social inclusion, multiculturalism, and anti-discrimination. 

It is an initiative launched by the African Museum that includes tastings of traditional cuisine, fashion shows, workshops, and guided tours of the museum, all with the goal of integrating a culture that is becoming more and more widespread in Verona. Because, after all, only mutual knowledge allows the long-desired integration, and the 2023 edition of “Ma che estate!” will be centered specifically on the issue of interconnectedness. The three days will always be accompanied by music that will allow artists to express themselves and share their life stories.  

The Afro descendent festival’s program  

The program will begin on Friday, July 14 at 19:00 with the opening of the stands, followed by a musical aperitif featuring young talents from the Afro-descending scene who will have the opportunity to exhibit in front of a Veronese audience. Throughout the evening, there will be an eye on the Ma Che Estate contest. Panel judges will present music for all tastes. Starting with LaHasna for the soul nu lovers, Ernesto da Silva for those who enjoy percussion, and even Masterced for those who wish to go wild on live dj sessions.   

Following the musical aperitif on Saturday, July 15, it will be the turn of established musicians Kora Beat at 21:00 and I_Twinss_’ DJ set at 22:30.   

At the end of the three days, the contest winners will be announced, followed by John Modupe’s stand-up comedy. At 21:30, the highly anticipated African fashion show will begin, with the colourful ethical and sustainable clothes of the brand Endelea as protagonists, and it will be followed by the concert sound electro soul/alternative of Technoir.