Afrochella is heading into its third year and it's expected to be bigger than ever. Thousands from around the world will gather for Ghana's answer to the homegrown festival and with it being Year of Return you're guaranteed to see the who's who of the diaspora also in attendance.
If you're looking to travel to Afrochella this year here are our pro tips on how to have the best festival trip of your life.
If you're attending Afrochella and are traveling from outside of Ghana, this post on visas and travel is mission critical to your best life.
Now if we're talking day of the festival travel look no further than your friendly Uber app or hire a car for the day, here's why - Uber will be perfect for getting dropped off at the festival but will make for an incredibly difficult exit as drivers try to locate you while everyone else's driver does the same. You will legit be trying to find your driver for hours and once you get in he will likely kick you out if you're not doing a "cash trip" something else you will learn about Uber in Ghana.
Staying Close To The Festival
If you want to be as close to the festival as possible, booking a room at The Marriott, Holiday Inn, or Tang Palace are your best bets. The festival is on the border of Roman Ridge and Airport if you need a neighborhood reference.
When To Get There
You should definitely plan on arriving before sunset to enjoy the full scope of the festival. From the outfits to the art installations and capturing the overall vibe, you must see it in the daytime.
We believe your best shot is a 3-4PM arrival, people will have started to trickle in and set up shop but the entrances won't be completely crazy. Plan on being at the festival for much of the rest of the night.
Is VIP Worth It?
YES. Purchase VIP tix, a table, and anything else on offer to make your Afrochella experience more enjoyable we found the VIP to be worth every penny.
Our one complaint was more food options needed in the VIP section, we were shuffling from the kebab stations in the far back of the festival allllll the way to our table for a bit longer than we would've liked.
Afrochella Festival Day Prep List
You've made the trip to Ghana, you've got your tickets in hand, it's time to actually get your Afrochella on. Here are our pro tips of what to take with you as you navigate the festival.
- Mosquito Repellent
- Lawn Blanket
- Portable Charger (that's actually charged)
- Portable Wifi
- Plenty of Cedi's (most vendors are cash only)
- Game plan and meeting point with friends
- Patience :)
Catching the Best Performances
Be prepared to catch the headliners well into the evening at Afrochella but don't stay away during the day - surprises and up and comers are expected to come with the fire!
Definitely plan your festival spot early and in the centre to get the best of the performance action and know that you will likely need to be standing up to really take the vibes in.
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What to do Before and After Afrochella
Afrochella is a one day celebration of African excellence through music and experiences - take it up a notch and get to know Accra at a deeper level with our top picks for music and cultural experiences in the city.
- Get your own Afrochella fashion in a sustainable way with a thrift shopping and styling experience with Yayra from Afrodistrict, a creative agency in Accra
- Get your fill of tasty Ghanaian street food on a crawl through Osu's best vendors with Jay from Mukasechic, one of Ghana's top food blogs and catering companies
- Explore Accra's galleries with an up and coming artist, Ahmed Party, who uses rare Ga symbols to share his vision for Ghana