GABS has a long history in the world of Afrika Festivals in southern region of Germany. We have been pioneers in the industry for many years and are known for taking innovative steps. We are very proud of our achievements and all the people who led us here.
started as AfrikAktiv non-profit Organization
This was the time when we started our operations. We had no idea how far we would go, we weren’t even sure that we would be able to survive for a few years. What drove us to start the company was the understanding that we could provide a service no one else was providing. The first edition of our festival scheduled 10 - 12 August 2011 at "Brüderhausgelände in Reutlingen" hit an attendance record of 8.000 visitors at 50/50 - Diaspora, Germans and others.
Special word of greetings - President of the Federal Republic Germany - Horst KÖHLER 2010
This year we started scouting for a new location and found suitable location - Tübingen university Town. At its inaguration special words of greeting from President of the Federal Republic Germany - Horst Köhler was addressed, endorsing our engagements by initiating the 1st Edition of International Afrika Festival in Tübingen. However he mentioned in his speeched, how he had wished this to happen in his days as Student at the University of Tübingen. Boris Palmer - Lord Major of Tübingen also addressed warm greetings as host city and has been very supportive since then. Focus country was TANZANIA, attended by rep of H.E ALI SIWA, supported by Diaspora were warmly received by Lord Major Boris Palmer and his council. This was the first time when we actually felt like our projects: Afrika Festivals will stick around for a while after acquiring a suitable venue in Tübingen, the famous university town of Baden-Württemberg. The location / Venue is suitable for long term growth and sustainabilty. The venue provides stability and expansion at the same time. The 1st edition hosted at Festplatz Tübingen brought in more than 10.000 Visitors for 4days
By this time we were a well known name within the industry attracting attention and partnerships. Suddenly the first weather challenge came in leaving us at huge deficit of more than 100.000€ damages. Our goals, engagements and commitments remain much bigger than the damages. We wept, wiped our tears, trusted and believed in our task and the need for Africa, Diaspora and partners of Africa to have a common plattform to strengthen economy and socio-development cooperation relations grew deeper and bigger.
This year we re-strategized, initiated "AfrikAktiv" Magazin with 20.000 copies, 15.000 free distributions in households and open places, 5.000 distributed on the festival ground. 2012 we also initiated the 1st Africa Business and Social Forum, attended by 80 participants. Programms amongst others were presentations, trainings on cross- cultural competence
African Ambassadors & Prominent German Parliamentarians honor our Engagement
This year we reinforced cooperation with chamber of commerce and industry IHK Reutlingen. They attended as guest at this edition and later on agreed the Niche market to integrate small and medium sized companys in the Neckar-alb region in engaging in Africa. Focus country was Ghana, attend by the Ghanian Ambassador to Germany H.E Paul King Aryene supported by 13+ African Ambassadors and General Consulates amongst other the Dean Ambassador of Togo H.E Comla PAKA, Senegal H.E Henri Antoine TURPIN, RDC Kongo - H.E Clémentine SHAKEMBO, Nigeria H.E Abdu Usmann ABUBAKAR.. German Parliamentarian - Annette Widmann-Mauz in a powerful speech during 2013 opening ceremony, acknowledged the need for plattform as our bringing diveristy in Germany.
2013 our organization was invited amongst others top Diaspora Initiatives and companies in Germany at the Germany Presidency by German President Joachim GAUCK
High End Top German Decision Makers Visited
Our journey has only brought us higher. Challenges completely changes the way we analyze and recruit new partners, innovate projects and programms as well as upgrade volunteering profile. We embraced new technologies of communication and designed projects, strengthened cooperations with chamber of Industry and commerce and hosted the 3rd Africa Business Forum 2014. This year brought in high end prominent, VIPs and honorary and keynote speakers from Africa and Germany, amongst other German Africa representative for Africa - Günter NOOKE, Parliamentary Secretary of State Hans-Joachim Fuchtel, President of Chamber of Commerce Reutlingen / Tübingen Christian O ERBE. Attendance record of more than 20.000 visitors in 4days. As we go on towards the future we intend to exploit the full potential of networking and partnerships to power our services.
Republic of Cameroon as focus country 2015
Our journey has only brought us higher. Challenges completely changes the way we analyze and recruit new partners, innovate projects and programms as well as upgrade volunteering profile. We embraced new technologies of communication and designed projects, strengthened cooperations with chamber of Industry and commerce and hosted the 4th Africa Business Forum Tübingen 2015. Cameroon was focus country with more than 50 participants from Cameroon amongst others "Ensemble Ballet National Cameroon" in collaboration with Ministry of Arts and Culture Cameroon - Former Minister AMA TUTU. Supported by the Cameroon and Africa Diaspora, Attending for the 3rd consecutive time - H.E Jean Marc Mpay who with his delegation were warmly received by Lord Major Boris Palmer and signatured in Golden Book of Tübingen. This year brought in high end prominent, VIPs and honorary and keynote speakers from Africa and Germany - President of Chamber of Commerce Reutlingen / Tübingen Christian O ERBE. Attendance record of more than 30.000 visitors in 4days. As we go on towards the future we intend to exploit the full potential of networking and partnerships to power our services despite challenges and setbacks due to unsettled debts incured through collaterals on behalf of Cameroon estimated at 70,000€ ( Logistics, procurements etc) our focus, engagements and goals grow bigger as our desire and quest for a peaceful harmonious Africa and the world, putting people FIRST grow even more deeper than before.
Special Greetings - Minister President Baden-Württemberg (WINFRIED KRETSCHMANN / BURUNDI focus country 2016
Our journey has only brought us higher despite challenges, completely changing the way we analyze and recruit new partners, innovate projects and programms as well as upgrade volunteering profile. This year we cooperated with state ministry Baden-Württemberg- representative for Africa and showcased Burundi the partnership country of Baden-Württemberg that has been existing since 30years+. This projected was supported by SEZ Stuttgart, host of competence center Burundi in Stuttgart, DWP Ravenburg, Engagement Global. As usual this year we received warm salutations from Minister President Baden-Württemberg - Winfried Kretschmann as well as first Major of Tübingen - Dr. Christine Arbogast. This year brought in high end prominent, VIPs and honorary and keynote speakers from Africa and Germany, amongst others president Burundi Diaspora, Burundi Drummers, Parliamentarian - Kordula Schulz-Asche, SEZ Philipp KEIL, Joyce M. Muvunyi, Engagement Global - Dr. Joy Alemazung, Stephen Ogongo Afronews.de, attendance record of more than 10.000 visitors in 4days. As we go on towards the future we intend to exploit the full potential of networking and partnerships to power our services.
This year we took a break, re-strategize on upgrading the brand from just festival to German Africa International Expo & Festival Germany (GAIEXPO)
TANZANIA in Fokus
After a 1 year break, gradually introducing the new brand GAIEXPO, managing our long term festival audience into transformers for the new brand. GAIEXPO is the future, getting there requires energy, faith and trust. Once more our audience responded, the Diaspora engaged, traders and exhibitors both old and new engaged, musicians both local and international engaged... Attending was the Ambassador of Tanzania - H.E Dr. Abdallah Saleh Possi, Dr MAJURA, From Tanzania: Tanzania's best visual Artist - Chilonga Hadji, Tanzania's youngest Fashion designer (ABOU ABIY) MC Nasch Kwiswahili Activist and Rapper, Ngoma Africa Band Tanzania, Stephen Ogongo Afronews.de, supported by African Diaspora initiatives in and out of Germany, Shamsa Danga (DIRA Womens Association Daressalam) Iddi NASSORO - CEO Isana Travel & Tours Services Ltd. Despite Visa challenges faced, we still succeeded in hosting great number of visitors from Africa.
ETHIOPIA in Fokus
Ethiopia, land of origins is focus country 2019, we look forward to receiving Ethiopian delegation and its Diaspora as we forge on to showcase and opening up connections, networking and partnerships between Germany and Africa as well as redirecting Diaspora on opportunities for investments on the entire continent Africa.