This 15th edition of Afrovibes Festival is from 4 until 14 October and presents both young pioneers and established talent in theatre, dance, music, poetry and design from Africa in The Netherlands. Afrovibes shows the dynamic cultural life of Urban Africa with a programme by African and Dutch artists. The festival takes place in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Den Haag and Rotterdam and brings a diverse programme of performances, theatre, dance, debates and afterparties at a variety of locations.
The festival theme of this year is LAND. Land is often only seen as material. As the ground, the earth on which we live. But land is so much more, literally and metaphorically. People have an emotional and spiritual connection with the land they inhabit. Land is part of your identity. Migration, exploitation or protection of the country you live in are also current topics in Africa and in Europe. Contemporary African and Dutch artists show us what LAND means to them.
Dates and theatres/cities
Amsterdam 4 - 6 October Compagnietheater, 5 - 7 October Tolhuistuin, 7 October Bimhuis, 9 & 10 October De Balie and 12 October Bijlmer Parktheater.
The Hague 6 & 7 October Het Nationale Theater (Theater a/h Spui) and 8 October Institute for Social Studies.
Rotterdam 13 & 14 October Maaspodium and 14 October Kunsthal
Utrecht 13 October Stadsschouwburg Utrecht and 14 October TivoliVredenburg.
From 22 to 24 June and on 3 & 4 July, Black Heritage Tours, Afrovibes, Amsterdam Roots and Poetry Circle Nowhere present the theatrical boat trip Sites of Memory - Changing Portraits, a theatrical boat trip regarding the hidden stories of slavery and the colonial history of Amsterdam. Professional and amateur players worked together and took a fresh look into the history, with the primary focus on “Changing portraits”. Portraits of people from the 17th century, till present. Prominent figures, but also those people who remained invisible are being highlighted. The tour passes through various locations in the historic city center, where actors on board and from the docks, bring to life stories from ancient times through poetry, dance and music. More information and tickets via amsterdamroots.nl
Sites of Memory is a collaboration Amsterdam Roots, Afrovibes, Poetry Circle Nowhere and Black Heritage Tours and is a part of WeMakeThe.City.