Afro_Vibes a new publicity officer / marketer. Per June Khalid Ouaziz is PR and marketing manager of the Afro_Vibes festival. Khalid is founder of The Colorful Top 100, editor-in-chief and responsible for the PR and media strategy of the Top 100. Monday 27 May was a first meeting between Khalid (left on photo) and artistic director Jay Pather (right on photo) about the campaign for the upcoming festival. The Afro_Vibes team welcomes Khalid as a new member of the team.

The dates of Afro_Vibes 2019 are known! This year the festival is from 3 to 13 October in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. Afro_Vibes again presents an exciting program with contemporary theater, dance, music and design / design from Africa. This year with performances from South Africa, Nigeria, Uganda, Congo and Angola and from the Netherlands. A brief selection from the program: from Nigeria Qudus Onikeku comes with a new dance performance, from South Africa comes Sibonele Dance project, from Angola comes Companhia de Dança Contemporânea de Angola. The full program will be announced in August.


Music: The Kiffness & Bongeziwe Mabandla “Soloko” – courtesy of Universal Music South Africa. Download it here

Trailer by Bowie Verschuuren.

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 2018 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 2018'.

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:
4 until 14 Oct 2018 in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht

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.

LAND
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.


In June & July we present: Sites of Memory – Changing Portraits