To get an impression of the recent Afrovibes Festival 2016 that took place in Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Rotterdam, you can watch here:

Following successful editions in 2014 and 2015 Afrovibes extends this year's expert meeting programme to two editions:

On Thursday, October 6th from 16:00 to 18:00 we will host a session at Stadsschouwburg Utrecht with the focus on "education and outreach". Keynote speaker is Marlene LeRoux, CEO of Artscape Theatre in Cape Town and specialist in audience development.

On Friday, October 7th from 13:30 till 17:30 we host an extended session in Compagnie Theater in Amsterdam, focused on the festival theme "modernity versus tradition". Keynote speaker is Jay Pather, artistic director of Afrovibes and curator of Infecting the City Festival.

Both afternoons are devoted to the exchange of experiences between professionals and future professionals from the (performing) arts field in (Southern) Africa and the Netherlands. The international festival guest will form an important part of the programme alongside Dutch key players. Active involvement of the participants is encouraged. Moderator of these meetings is Quinsy Gario, poet, dramatist and performer.

Registration and information about the programme at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (attn: expertmeeting + date)

MODERATOR Quinsy Gario

Thu 6 Oct 16:00 – 18:00 Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, free with evening ticket
Fri 7 Oct 13:30 – 17:30 Compagnietheater Amsterdam, €5,- buy your tickets here

Here it is... The trailer for Afrovibes 2016! Watch it, love it and come 5 - 15 October!!!
Ticket sales have started at Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Bijlmer Parktheater, Maaspodium, De Nieuwe Regentes and Theater aan het Spui. Tickets sales for Compagnietheater Amsterdam will follow soon.

The programme of Afrovibes 2016 is almost complete. The festival is from 5-15 October 2016 in:
Amsterdam 5 - 8 October at the Compagnietheater (ticket sales starts in Aug.) and 7 October at the Bijlmer Parktheater
Utrecht 6 & 8 October at Stadsschouwburg Utrecht
Den Haag 9 & 10 October at Theater a/h Spui and 14 & 15 October at De Nieuwe Regentes
Rotterdam 9 October at Maaspodium
Extra programme 1 & 2 October at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam

Tradition versus modernity
Afrovibes presents today's most surprising, intriguing and extraordinary African artists and creators. With a different theme every festival edition Afrovibes responds to current and contemporary issues. This year theme of the festival is Tradition versus Modernity. Tradition gives you a sense of belonging, of your roots and can give guidance in a modern and rapidly changing society. A young generation of African performing artists and creatives is looking for the connections between modernity, tradition and progress, in the content of their work, the forms and structures they choose, their playing style and genres. This generation of African makers asks themselves the question: What does it mean to be black? What is it like to be an African? How do we preserve our culture and traditions in a modernizing Africa. By connecting traditions to modernity, this young generation recovers the positive, self-assured feeling of their roots.

Afrovibes is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help make this year's Afrovibes Festival again a huge success. Do you want to peek behind the screen of an international theatre festival and be a part of our team? Sign up as a volunteer now! There are lots of things to do for a volunteer during the festival.

Impression of the Afrovibes Festival 2015 in Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Rotterdam (7-17 October 2015). Video: Amanda van der Meulen.


Jay Pather will be the new artistic director of Afrovibes as of 2016. Afrovibes is delighted with Jay Pather taking up artistic leadership of the Afrovibes festival. Jay Pather is, among other, curator of Infecting the City Festival in Cape Town, an annual public art festival that programs current, cutting edge and experimental theatre and dance from diverse African countries, making this accessible to a wider audience. Jay is Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town, Director of the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) and Artistic Director of Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre. Jay Pather also serves on the board of the National Arts Festival in South Africa. In the Netherlands Jay created work for Theater aan het Spui in The Hague, ITs Festival in Amsterdam and he presented his academic work at the Amsterdam University of the Arts and the University of Utrecht. Jay Pather will follow up James Ngcobo, who was artistic director of Afrovibes since 2011.