Updated: May 29, 2020
We all know Coachella, but what if we took all the great things about Coachella — the music, the food, the art, the fun — and put the focus on black culture? Well, Afrochella did just that with its amazing yearly event in Accra, Ghana. Afrochella, held this year on Dec. 28, attracts thousands of attendees from all across the globe, all coming together to enjoy black creativity, networking and a deeper connection to Ghana’s history and its various cultures. The one-day event not only exposes attendees to new, celebratory-worthy black artists, black-owned businesses and leaders, but it also helps boosts Ghana’s tourism sector. For this relatively new and up-and-coming event, there’s really not anything to not love.
The event takes place Dec. 28, 12–8 p.m., at El-Wak Sports Stadium. The stadium is only a 10-minute drive from Kotoka International Airport, Accra’s primary airport. Bus service to the stadium is available, as is private car service, if you arrange it ahead of time.
Getting to Ghana for Afrochella 2019 isn’t as difficult as you might think, especially because
Ghana is now allowing those of African descent to travel through the country “without hindrance,” thanks to its “Return of the African Diaspora” initiative.
Additionally, South African Airways is offering flight deals to Ghana in December, as part of a collaboration with Afrochella. You can save up to 15 percent on flight fares, so long as your travel to Ghana takes place between Dec. 12, 2019, and Jan. 17, 2020. Use the link above to book, or use promotional code AFROCH2019.
When to Start Planning
This event is coming up fast, so if you’ve yet to start planning, do it now! Tickets are available for purchase, and you can pay with debit, credit or Mobile Money, straight on the Afrochella website.
In addition to purchasing tickets, you’ll want to go ahead and begin planning the rest of your trip to Accra, including your transportation, where you’ll stay, where you’ll eat and what you want to do in your leisure time beyond attending Afrochella. The city has loads of options for you to choose from, but planning ahead now will help your trip run smoothly and seamlessly this December.
If you’d rather leave all the planning to someone else, several tour providers are offering full-fledged tours that include Afrochella attendance. For example, Away to Africa gives you three tour options to choose from that all include Afrochella tickets and spending New Year’s in Ghana. Depending on the tour you choose, you’ll enjoy seeing the rest of the country and you won’t need to worry about finding a hotel, dining or transportation. The professionals have taken care of it all. You can find other, similar tour options via providers like WeTravel, Way.com, and EventBrite.
Where to Stay
If you just want to stay as near to the festival as possible, you’re in luck. Since El-Wak Sports Stadium is so close to the airport, there are many hotel options nearby.
The closest is the 3-star Midindi Hotel, with guestrooms starting at $95 per night. Throughout the property, the guestrooms are super-spacious and many are very well suited for those traveling in pairs or groups, in case you want to double up with a fellow traveler to save some cash. The hotel also offers an outdoor pool, fitness center and restaurant. (And you’re just 10 minutes from the beach!)
A little further away from the stadium, but a little nicer, too, the Hotel Golden Tulip Accra is a 4-star property that offers free WiFi, suites, a bar and lounge, Afrofusion cuisine in the restaurant and a pool.
This is the Ghana version of Coachella, so feel free to break out your most creative digs for Afrochella. You’ll see a range of cultures and styles represented across the Afrochella fashion, but one thing’s for sure — everyone there arrived dressed to slay. Since it is an outdoor event, make sure you take the weather into your clothing considerations, and bring sunblock and moisturizer.
What to Expect
Expect a day filled with fun, food, music, art, culture and African pride. The performers have yet to be announced as of publish date (Oct. 14, 2019), but in the past, a heavy focus has been placed on African performers and especially Ghanaian performers.
If you purchase a VIP ticket, you’ll receive a prime stage view, access to VIP activities and VIP bars and opportunities to win some cool Afrochella swag. If you’ve already purchased a ticket, you can’t upgrade to a VIP ticket, and VIP tickets are listed from time to time on the Afrochella website, when they’re available (you really just have to be lucky!). The VIP table experience also comes with five bottles of Champagne for 10 attendees, and bottles of vodka, cognac and tequila.
Regardless of your ticket type, make sure to have cash on hand. The local currency is the Ghanaian Cedi, and 5.47 Cedi equal $1 in U.S. currency.