Cameroon boasts a variety of interesting festivals which are a lot of fun for travelers in the right place at the right time. Generally held in the larger cities of Douala and Yaoundé, there are a few in the smaller regions, as well. From celebrations of the arts like the Festival National des Arts et de la Culture to traditional showcases like the Ngondo Festival, events in Cameroon have a lot to offer.
African Music Market
Music lovers should definitely attend the African Music Market or the Le Kolatier, as it’s known colloquially in Cameroon. This festival which takes place every two years in Douala is an amazing gathering of some of the best African musicians in the region. These individuals and groups come together in the spirit of collaboration to perform a celebration of the region’s vibrant music. There are also interactive activities like seminars, workshops and a fun trade fair.
Held during July in Ngaoundéré, a city in the Adamawa area, the Nyem-Nyem Festival is held to commemorate the resistance movement of the Nyem-Nyem people against German control. Locals come out in full force, showing their support for those who fought for the region’s independence. The occasion is marked by cultural dances with full traditional attire.
Observed in either August or September, Culture Week takes place all over Cameroon. The youth travel back to their villages to pay respect to their families and ancestors. The week also involves music shows, wrestling matches, sports games and traditional dances that involve sacred masks.
African Theater Festival for Children and Young People (FATEJ)
November in Cameroon marks the exciting arrival of the FATEJ. Held every two years in Yaoundé, the festival brings together young people from across Africa and around the world to participate in theatre workshops delivered by industry professionals. The event is a great opportunity for troupes around the country to hone their craft in a cosmopolitan and collaborative environment.
Festival National des Arts et de la Culture (FENAC)
FENAC is the largest festival in Cameroon that has no religious affiliation. Simply a celebration of the country’s vibrant arts scene, artists from all over help to grow the event and promote the rich heritage of the region. Taking place in Moroua in December, FENAC is characterized by lively parades, colorful music and dance shows.
Also taking place in December, Ngondo is a celebration of one of Cameroon’s many ethnic groups. Held in the city of Douala, the festival’s main goal is to showcase the arts and culture of the Sawa people who mainly inhabit the region’s coastal areas. The event takes place on the banks of the Wouri River and it’s a wonderful time to see the streets taken over by dance, song and friendly competitions like canoe races. The lucky travelers who can make it here during this time are bound to have a good experience.
The Ngoun Festival
Is held every second year in December. The Sultan-King of Bamoun is sitting on his ornate throne, framed by huge elephant tusks. On the page opposite (lower row) the guard's shield features a double headed serpent, which depicts the kingdom's continuing vigilance in keeping its enemies at bay in a two front war. The next photo is of local officials in their colorful regalia. The final photo shows the guards and guests in line with the Bamoun palace in the background.
The Mendumba Cultural Festival
The Mendumba is an event that take place in the west region of Cameroon