Gam-Afro-Latin-Fest is an annual festival organised by Mboka Festival of Arts, Culture and Sport. The first festival will be held in Banjul in November 2024.
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Mboka means ‘One Family’ in Wolof and will offer festival go-ers a festival throughout January that celebrates Gambian cultural heritage alongside African diasporic cultural heritage.
Three organisations, Camp Africa, Global Hands and SABLE Publications who work towards cultural and economic development and empowerment through arts, culture and sport, joined their skills, experience and resources together to create the Mboka Festival. The aim was to create a rich festival of possibilities for visitors and Gambian citizens alike, to experience Gambian culture and customs, new ones and those steeped in tradition.
These ideas and efforts have resulted in a festival that runs throughout January that celebrates Gambian cultural heritage alongside African diasporic cultural heritage. The longer-term objectives are to build towards a positive and peaceful and fruitful future that local Gambian can benefit from and visitors can experience. The Mboka Festival was launched in the midst of The Gambia’s 'new dawn' in January 2017, and inspired by that, the New Dawn literary event brings Gambian and international artists to the Mboka One Family stage.
In 2018 and 2019 we have continued to celebrate and build towards a positive and peaceful future.