Africa Talks

Since 2017 Africa Talks explores trends and opportunities that are revolutionizing various sectors in Africa, to actively contribute to the continent's future economic development

21 Mar 2021

Since 2017 Africa Talks has been exploring trends and opportunities that are revolutionizing various sectors in Africa, to actively contribute to the continent’s future economic development. Each year the event presents an in-depth round table with international experts and speakers followed by a special screening of a film related to the theme chosen for the edition. In collaboration with Fondazione Edu.

The 30th FESCAAAL will host the fourth appointment AfricaTalks entitled Cityscapes: le trasformazioni dell’Africa urbana: a special event organized in collaboration with Fondazione EDU dedicated to Africa and its more technological and innovative aspects that will expand the theme of African cities that look to the future.

Four speakers, will bring their experiences, reflections and case studies on urbanization processes, on innovations in the architectural and urban planning field and on the different growth models of cities, the aspects of urban marginalization and environmental sustainability from many different perspectives.

Africa Talks’ 2021 edition is curated by Maria Chiara Pastore, researcher at DAStU – Department of Architecture and Urban Studies of Politecnico di Milano, expert on urban transformations in Africa. Read her op-ed.

Download the programme to discover the complete schedule of the event

How to take part

To take part in the live event you need to register at this link or send an email to p.cattaneoa[at] Subscribers will receive the Zoom link right before the event.

Alternatively, you can follow the event live at the Festival Center online or on the Festival’s official Facebook channel.


Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, mayor of Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone, which the BBC has included in its list of 100 most influential women of 2020
Rahel Shawl, founder of RAAS Architects, Ethiopia
Mutinta Munyati, UN-HABITAT, Kenya
Fradique, Director, Angola

The Africa Talks film: an all-African musical coast to coast

The debate was followed by a free screening on of the film The Great Green Wallby Jared P. Scott.
A musical on the road, produced by Fernando Meirelles (Cidade de Deus), in which Malian music star Inna Modja undertakes an exciting journey along the route of the Great Green Wall project, an 8,000 km barrier of trees across the continent to tackle desertification, climate change, conflict and mass migration.



Jared P. Scott | UK | 2019 | 91'



21 Mar 2021 - 2:00 PM
Beirut, June 1982. Wassim is taking the examination at the end of primary school. Slowly, though, everything is transformed. The israeli occupation of Lebanon, seen through the innocent eyes of a young boy



21 Mar 2021 - 8:00 PM
Free streaming meeting with director Suhaib Gasmelbari to talk about his film Talking About Trees



19 Mar 2023 - 6:00 PM
Inauguration and opening film from the Flash Section
With director Erige Sehiri and the curator of the film program of Fondazione Prada, Paolo Moretti.
25 Mar 2023 - 8:30 PM
The award ceremony of the 32th edition of FESCAAAL. Afterwards, the closing film from the Flash Section
The round table in collaboration with Fondazione Edu about environment and ecology in Africa, within the 32nd FESCAAAL
25 Mar 2023 - 10:30 PM
Psychophono vinyl set per la festa finale del FESCAAAL32