Some Afrovibes Festival 2017 programs are part of Black Achievement Month. Black Achievement Month brings recognition for the heroes of then and now, showing black role models and paying attention to the young generation.

Wednesday 4 October Afrovibes and Black Achievement Month jointly present a program in Bijlmer Parktheater Amsterdam with the dance show JONGA with DOX / 155 dancers from Utrecht and South African dancers including Elvis Sibeko.

Saturday 7 October Afrovibes will be part of Black Achievement Month with a program at Maaspodium Rotterdam. With Afriqueer (site specific performance) about queer / gay lesbian identities in Africa and the Afro-Dutch community, with actors & dancers from South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and the Netherlands.

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Afriqueer (SA / BW / ZM) - an outdoor performance on being 'different', on being queer and black. A performance that we believe need to be seen in the Netherlands- a country that seems to be very open minded and free, but can be conservative and stereotypical as well.

We are bringing Afriqueer to the Netherlands and we need you. We need your help to complete the needed budget. We need your help so that we can showcase this performance in the Rotterdam and Amsterdam, and start a much needed conversation: how is it to be different, to be black and queer in the Netherlands?

With your support you do not only help us with the cause, you also support a group of Southern African man that want to tell their story to the world... For more info and donations go to Voordekunst!

Crowdfunding for Afriqueer!

12 September programme launch at the Tolhuistuin!
On 12 September, there will be a programme launch at the Tolhuilhuistuin, which will also feature the movie The Rose of Rhodesia which Afrovibes presents together with Cineblend Open Air and EYE Film Museum. The Rose of Rhodesia is accompanied by the South African composer and musician Neo Muyanga, who writes a new composition for the film and who will perform this live alongside the movie.

Amsterdam | Tolhuistuin
Tue 12 Sep 21.00 € 9,50 / 7,50 TICKETS

Volunteers wanted!
Afrovibes is looking for enthusiastic volunteers. Do you want to be part of a great international festival. Do you want to make Afrovibes 2017 a success and have fun? Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  subject "Afrovibes Volunteer 2017'.

What can you do:
We need your help and expertise for tasks such as production assistant, runner, artist and audience host, driver, usher and ticket sales.

What’s in it for you:
You get a peek behind the scenes of this inspiring festival. You meet interesting artists and people from the international theatre and festival world. You get a cool Afrovibes T-shirt. You go to performances for free. Most importantly, you have lots of fun.

Where and when:
28 Sept until 9 Oct 2017 in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht

The full programme will be online later in August! But a first overview of the incoming work from Africa we show you already here. The large fringe programme will be anounced in August too. With the Lady Africa fashion show (in Rotterdam and The Hague), design- & photo-exhibitions, music by Moh ! Kouyaté from Guinee in the Bimhuis (Amsterdam), music by Freddy Massamba (Congo-Brazzaville), spoken word & poetry, debates, expertmeetings, masterclasses & workshops, and an extended film programme.

For the fourteenth time the Afrovibes Festival will be held from 28 September till 10 October in Amsterdam, Utrecht, The Hague and Rotterdam. Every festival, Afrovibes settles down temporarily in two (or more) theaters in each of these four major cities with a multidisciplinary performing arts programme. Modern, current and innovative theater and dance performances, music and film from urban cultural hotspots in Africa. The festival focuses on current developments in theater and dance in the urban arts circuit in Africa, and presents a young generation of innovative African artists that introduces us to a new vison of young urban Africa. Thereby collaboration is sought with young Dutch performing artists.

Fragile Freedom

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 Fragile Freedom.

Dates and theaters / cities

Dates and theatres/cities
Amsterdam 28 September - 1 October at the Tolhuistuin, 3 & 4 October at De Balie, 5 October at the Bimhuis and 4 & 6 October at the Bijlmer Parktheater
Rotterdam 1 October at the Kunsthal and 6, 7 & 8 October at Maaspodium
Utrecht 3 October at the Cereolfabriek and 5 & 7 October at Stadsschouwburg Utrecht
Den Haag 4 oktober Institute for Social Studies, 8 & 9 October at Theater a/h Spui and 6 -8 October at Korzo

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

Jay Pather new artistic director of Afrovibes in 2016


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.