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.
Dancers of Vuyani Dance Theatre (the leading contemporary dance company in South Africa) bring the dance performance Ketima. A bundling of shafts of light, dancers and live percussion music. From Zimbabwe arrives the dance performance Portrait of Myself as my Father from choreographer Nora Chipaumire, with Senegalese dancer Kaolack and Jamaican dancer Shamar Watts. A performance about masculinity and the black male body, performed in a boxing ring. We did not come to Hell for the croissants from South African Jemma Kahn is a humorous play about sin, seduction, sex and violence, in the form of short stories based on the Japanese Kamishibai theatre (cartoon theatre). South African rapper Hemelbesem (Simon Witbooi) and rappers Skaffalau aka Helberg and Marikit bring from Utrecht present Allbasters, music theater about the shared language of The Netherlands and South Africa and the stories and music of the coloured people in South Africa, for whom Afrikaans is their mother tongue.
And further: Dionne Verwey from The Netherlands with her new performance Vier, Ogutu Muraya from Kenya with a new theater show, Neco Novellas with music from Mozambique, Soweto Soul swinging mix of Pennywhistle, Jive, Hip-Hop, Mbaganga and Kwaito music. And fashion shows by Lady Africa. As always, the festival has an extensive fringe program with talk shows, master classes, expert meetings, pop-up performances. And a design exhibition Fierce Now.