Do you #kNOwNubia?

Your family roots? Your subject of study? The memory of an unforgettable trip? A culture that fascinates you? A mystery that you are trying to solve?

During the week of September 12–18, 2021, you get the opportunity to share your experiences, ideas, and knowledge about all things Nubian at NubiaFEST 2021 organized by The Nubia Initiative and the Union for Nubian Studies.

NubiaFEST 2021 is held in celebration of African Heritage Month. We invite you to build together a week of online events and propose a multidisciplinary approach to the cultural, historical, linguistic, traditional, societal, and artistic components of Nubia.


NubiaFEST 2021 exists because we have at heart to promote and celebrate Nubia by following three main objectives:

  • Engage to learn and teach all things Ancient and modern Nubia;
  • Empower our creative through workshops, trainings and impact circles;
  • Edutain all friends of Nubia through storytelling, cooking, music, games & more.

To enrich this living mosaic, your experience is very valuable, whatever country you live in, whatever language you speak or whatever medium you wish to use.

All angles are relevant: scientific, artistic, participative, practical, didactic, sensorial...

Do you want to share your knowledge? Broadcast a film? Propose a cooking workshop? Show your photographs? Open a debate? Make us discover your art? Document oral histories? Teach us something? Maybe music? Take us for a walk along the river, through the fields, across your homeland’s villages? Then join us by proposing a session.

Do you need inspiration? Check out the recordings of NubiaFEST 2020!


NubiaFEST 2021 offers an open space for any online, streamed event that addresses its thematics. This a decentralized event, which means that everyone is responsible for their own session.

You can propose a session here. Please send in your proposal before September 1, so have enough time to publicize it on our social media channels.

The organizing committee will review all proposals on suitability, but the content, platform, and time are up to you! Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis up to and throughout NubiaFEST.

It is the variety of your contributions that will allow us to define together some of the multiple facets of Nubia!

NubiaFEST 2021 is the place for you!

NubiaFEST 2021 is You!


For more info or to discuss ideas please email nubiafest2020@gmail.com.

Code of Conduct

You can find the Code of the conduct of the NubiaFEST2021 here.


Organization: Menna Agha, Arbaab Eujayl, Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei, Mazin Khalil, Dimah Mahmoud, and Alexandros Tsakos

Social Media: Mazin Khalil

Text: Sandra Bartmann

Identity Design: Hatim-Arbaab Eujayl

Website management: Cloud68.co

This event is not financed by anyone, but we welcome sponsors and donations. Contact us at nubiafest2020@gmail.com.

Site design based on the Open Publishing Fest website developed by Julien Tacquet (Coko Foundation). All code is open source. The calendar code can be found at https://gitlab.coko.foundation/open-publishing/openpublishingfest.

NubiaFEST 2020 is an initiative of The Nubia Initiative and the Union for Nubian Studies.

Spiritual support by A.NUBI.S – The Anarchist Nubiology Squad.

About the logo

The NubiaFEST2021 logo is based on depictions of crowned figures in Old Dongola. Unnamed, these two paintings represent the latest indigenous depictions of Nubian royals.

The banner is based on this depiction of a dance scene found at a monastery in Old Dongola. The dance scene depicts a medieval Nubian fertility dance, with the dancers seeming to chant prayers to "ease the pains of the soon-to-be-mother of the future king."