Dance
EAST AFRICAN BOLERO
Rwanda 2021
Choreography Wesley Ruzibiza
African spirituality and the lightness of modern dance
Who does not know the exhilarating music of Ravel’s Bolero. Rwandan choreographer Wesley Ruzibiza transformed the original Bolero into a mythical African story about the creation of mankind and the world. Using electronic music and traditional dances from East Africa, he creates a contemporary modern dance. Featuring dancers from Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania.
AMSTERDAM | FRASCATI
Wed 4 October, 19H00
AMSTERDAM | FRASCATI
Thu 5 October, 19H30
ROTTERDAM | MAASPODIUM
Fr 6 October, 19H30
Performance
AMOUR AMOUR AMOUR

The Netherlands, Senegal 2022
Performance Alioune Diagne

Amour transcends cultural differences. A source of energy that recharges us inside
Love as a spiritual force. Love as a source of energy. Love that coexists with separation.
AMSTERDAM | FRASCATI
Wed 4 Oct, 21H00
Performance
BLACK PRIVILEGE
South Africa, 2018
Choreography & director Mamela Nyamza
A black woman’s right to rule, break down, find her own way
In Black Privilege, Nyamza focuses on the hypocritical structure of our society in which we judge each other based on race, gender, sexual orientation and class.
AMSTERDAM | FRASCATI
Wed 4 October, 21H45
AMSTERDAM | FRASCATI
Thu 5 October, 21H45
Dance
RISE AND FALL
Tanzania, 2021
Choreography Sisti Richard Mushi
Rise and Fall reminds us that together we can turn almost any difficult situation into magic!
In the duet Rise and Fall, we follow two dancers on their journey to realise their dreams. With humour they show the meaning of support, the importance of standing by one another and literally ‘lifting each other up’ in the darkest moments
AMSTERDAM | FRASCATI
Wed 4 October, 20H30
AMSTERDAM | FRASCATI
Thu 5 October, 20H30
ROTTERDAM MAASPODIUM
Fr 6 October, 19H30
Theatre
NOM.NOS (deconstructed)
The Netherlands, 2023
Choreography Gil de Grid
Dance and puppet theatre inspired by West African myths and rituals!

In Nom.Nos (Call Us) the performers go in searching for their real names. Using the creation myth of the Malian Dogon tribe, Nom.Nos tries to get in touch with the ancestors. Ulrike Quade’s puppetry triggers a rich imagination. They blow new life into the “Nommo,” creatures that play an important role in the myths surrounding the creation of the Dogon tribe.
ROTTERDAM | MAASPODIUM
Thu 5 Oct, 20H15
Theatre
THE BLACK CIRCUS OF THE REPUBLIC OF BANTU
South Africa, 2022
Director Princess Rose Zinzi Mhlongo
A tribute to the many Africans whose lives and bodies were turned into a viewing spectacle for white pleasure
What is the effect of the imperial and colonial gaze on Black bodies. Is this look still palpable? A provocative show that literally exposes the shameful legacy of ethnological exhibitions popular in Western society in the 19th century.
ROTTERDAM | MAASPODIUM
Sat 7 October, 19H30
AMSTERDAM | FRASCATI
Sun 8 October, 20H00
Dance
AFRIKAN PARTY
Ivory Coast, 2023
Choreography Supa Rich Kids
Director Oulouy, Co director Yemi Osokoya
A true celebration of dance and theatre with humour, poetry and zest for life.
A futuristic ode to Africa celebrating the diversity of African cultures. Afrikan Party reflects the richness, multicolouredness and polyphony of the African continent in a mix of urban dance, mime, performance and fashion.
AMSTERDAM | FRASCATI
Fr 6 October, 19H30
ROTTERDAM | MAASPODIUM
Sat 7 October, 19H30
UTRECHT | STADSSCHOUWBURG
Tue 10 October, 20H30
Dance
DEUS NOS ACUDI
Mozambique, 2022
Choreography Pak Ndjamena
There are moments when everything is black and we cannot see, we feel life as a deep dream. When we wake up, we are a body in a physical world with traditions, symbols, rituals in which we feel feelings of fear, pain, alienation but also belonging.
What are our physical and emotional possibilities of finding freedom and security in a world of traditions, symbols, consumer culture and racial differences. A world as it was formed during colonial history.
ROTTERDAM |MAASPODIUM
Thu 5 October, 19H30
AMSTERDAM |FRASCATI
Sun 8 October, 21H30
ROTTERDAM | THEATER ZUIDPLEIN
Thu 12 October, 19H30
UTRECHT | THEATER KIKKER
Sat 14 October, 20H00
Theatre
POURVU QUE LA MASTICATION NE SOIT PAS LONGUE
Guinea, France, 2021
Director Hakim Bah
A story about Amadou. Migrant from Guinea. About four policemen and 41 bullets.
With poetic rap lyrics and accompanied by acrobatics, Pourvu que la Mastication ne soit pas longue criticises institutional racism and violence against black people. Director Hakim Bah was inspired by the death of Amadou Diallo in New York and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement.
AMSTERDAM | DE BALIE
Sat 14 October, 20H30
UTRECHT | THETER KIKKER
Sun 15 October, 20H00
Theatre
KOULOUNISATION
Algeria, Belgium 2022
Concept Salim Djaferi
Director Laurie Fouvet
An intimate story, a report and historical research. Framed with humour and symbolism
Actor Salim Djaferi went looking for books on the Algerian war, but found none. Determined to understand the situation, he interviews witnesses and analyses the semantics and ideology surrounding revolution, war and liberation and the way we use words and language. In the form of a conference, he thereby traces the thread of French-Algerian history.
AMSTERDAM | DE BALIE
Fr 13 October, 20H30
UTRECHT | THEATER KIKKER
Sat 14 October, 20H30
Talkshow
AFROVIBES TALK: LIQUID TRACES
How can art serve as a bridge between cultures
Delve into the connections between Africa and its diaspora, through liquid traces, decolonial thought and arts & culture. Join photographer Farren van Wyk and art historian Christl Wolfram as they unravel the intertwined narratives that span continents and centuries, exploring shared histories and identity through artistic expression. Let’s discover how art serves as a bridge between cultures and join us for an enlightening discussion that celebrates diversity within these roots. Speakers are Farren van Wyk, Christl Wolfram & Julia-Beth Harris. Moderator Giya Makondo-Wills. This talk show can be followed along with the performance Unbreakable.
AMSTERDAM | DE BALIE
Thu 12 October, 18H30
Talkshow
AFROVIBES TALK: GENERATIONS ABOUT BLACK
From Black Power in the 1960s to Black Lives Matter from 2020 onwards
There have always been different ideas about the word within discussions about colour and racism. Has its meaning changed over time and is the translation from English to the Dutch word ‘black’ correct? Time for an in-depth conversation between different generations. Speakers are Francio Guadeloupe, Ernestine Comvalius, Loyd Marengo & Toni Blackwell. Moderator: Maarten van Hinte. This talk show can be followed along with the performance Koulounisation.
AMSTERDAM | DE BALIE
Fr 13 October, 18H30
Talkshow
AFROVIBES TALK: ART AND SPIRITUALITY
How have African traditions influenced black artists in Europe
Over the last years, spirituality has entered the performing arts. Many performers – be it dancers, singers, or actors – are looking for new ways to express their personal values and feelings on stage. What is the relationship between art and spirituality? And what in the influence of African traditions for Black artists working in Europe? Artists from different disciplines talk about how African traditions influence their artistic work. Speakers are Gavin-Viano, Pink Oculus & Buhlebezwe Siwani. Moderator: Isabel Sheridan. This talk show can be followed along with the performance Pourvu que la mastication ne soit pas longue
AMSTERDAM | DE BALIE
Sat 14 October, 18H30
Performance, dance
DARKMATTER
The Netherlands, 2022
Choreography Cherish Menzo
IIn a futuristic universe, Cherish Menzo transforms the Black body with powerful dance language
Body can you become hypothetical, a galaxy, in full gear acceleration, a liquid star monster, failing to die? – Cherish Menzo. Travel off into the pitch-black, punky and alienating D̶A̶R̶K̶MATTER universe where the possibilities of the body are stretched to the maximum. Selected for the Nederlands Theater Festival and Het Theater Festival Vlaanderen as one of the most impressive theatre productions of this moment. Also nominated for the VSCD Mime/Performance Award 2023.
AMSTERDAM | FRASCATI
Sat 7 October, 20H00
Dance
UNBREAKABLE
South Africa, The Netherlands, 2023
Choreography Lloyd Marengo
Director Jonzi D
A powerful mix of vocals, street scenes, visuals and skeleton pantsula
Unbreakable tells the story of the dancers of Soweto Skeleton Movers. Despite setbacks and temptations that crossed their path, these dancers are ‘unbreakabl
AMSTERDAM | DE BALIE
Thu 12 October, 20H30
ROTTERDAM | KUNSTHAL
Sun 15 October, 12H00
Workshop
Workshop with Oulouy and Yemi
This year, we wanted to do something special for all African dance enthusiasts. In collaboration with Africa Moment, Afrovibes will host open-to-the-public dance workshops with the festival’s performing artists of ‘Afrikan Party’ piece with Supa Rich Kids by Oulouy.
Afro Fusion workshop with Oulouy
Oulouy will teach an Afro Fusion class, where he dives into different styles from the African street dances and combines them into a fantastic choreography.

Naija Fusion workshop with Yemi
In this workshop, Yemi will teach you the basics of Naija Fusion, a mix of Konto and Shaku. He will discuss their roots, grooves, localities, and musical influences. You will develop your Naija Fusion movement vocabulary with practical exercises and choreography.

AMSTERDAM | SOLID GROUND MOVEMENT
TUE 3 October, 18H30 – 21H30

Afro Fusion with Oulouy 18:30 – 20:00
Naija Fusion with Yemi 20:00 – 21:30
Single workshop ticket €15
Combi ticket for both workshops  €20
No door sale! 
Dance
IF OUR ANCESTORS COULD SPEAK
South Africa, 2023
Choreography Sbonakaliso Ndaba en Luke De Kock
Water, that surrounds us at the tip of Africa, still serves as the source for cleansing and healing of our spirit, reviving our dignity and our will to live again
The dancers of the SboNdaba Dance Company show that the Koisan are resilient survivors!
ROTTERDAM | THEATER ZUIDPLEIN
Thu 12 October, 19H30
AMSTERDAM | BIJLMER PARKTHEATER
Sat 14 October, 19H45
ROTTERDAM | KUNSTHAL
Sun 15 October, 12H00
UTRECHT | THEATER KIKKER
Sun 15 October, 21H00
Roadmovie
SOUND OF BERBERIA
Marocco, 2023
Director Tarik El Idrissi
Extraordinary road movie through the musical world of the Amazighs
Two young Moroccan musicians travel through North Africa in search of the ultimate ‘Amazigh sound’. Then they meet a journalist who takes them to the Touaregs
AMSTERDAM | MUZIEKGEBOUW aan ‘t IJ
Sat 7 October, 20H30
Music
TALES OF AMAZIGH
The Netherlands, Marocco, 2023
Vocal Raïssa Fatima Tihihit
Music Tales of Amazigh
New visions of the rich Moroccan music tradition
Rrways has been around for centuries and still sounds exciting and enchanting, as proven in this double concert by singer Raïssa Fatima Tihihit and Tales of Amazigh.
AMSTERDAM | MUZIEKGEBOUW aan ‘t IJ
Sun 8 October, 15H00
Dance, performance
MOVING BEYOND BRO!
The Netherlands, Senegal, 2023
Director Joris Buizer
Choreography Alioune Diagne
A musical choreography about what brotherhood means
An artistic exchange about brotherhood in dance, performance and music between Senegalese choreographer, dancer and visual artist Alioune Diagne and Dutch theatre-maker Joris Buizer. They work from different cultural backgrounds but do not let cultural divisions hold them back. Their worlds do not clash but instead show intense cohesion.
ROTTERDAM| MAASPODIUM
Thu 5 October, 19H30
AMSTERDAM| FRASCATI
Fr 6 Oct 21H00 & Sat 7 Oct 21H30 (double bill with Face to Face)
ROTTERDAM| THEATER ZUIDPLEIN
Thu 12 October, 19H30
AMSTERDAM| BIJLMER PARKTHEATER
Sat 14 Oct, 19H45
ROTTERDAM| KUNSTHAL
Sun 15 October, 12H00
UTRECHT| THEATER KIKKER
Sun 15 October, 21H00
Dance & dance film
FACE TO FACE
Congo, 2021-2023
Choreography & director Florent Mahoukou
In a longing to understand life, muddling through and ingenuity borders on art
In a combination of a live dance performance in the theatre and dance film set on the streets of Pointe Noir in Congo Florent Mahoukpou dances in dialogue with his dance film.
AMSTERDAM | FRASCATI
Fri 6 Oct 21h00 & Sat 7 Oct 21h30 (double bill with Moving Beyond Bro!)
Exhibition
THE OCEANIC MARIGOLD BEADS
Zimbabwe, South Africa, 2023
Design Marigold Beadwork Co-operative & Joni Brenner
A work of art born from liquid traces and that itself leaves these traces behind again
In Africa, beads are important because of their history as currency in times of colonialism and because of their representative functions in African societies and the African diaspora. The sensual brilliance of Oceanic Marigold Beads puts us in touch with the history of African bead work and the ocean, with its history of slavery and violence and its ability to cleanse and heal.
AMSTERDAM | FRASCATI
Wed 4 – Sun 8 Oct, 18h00 – 23h00
free admission
AMSTERDAM | DE BALIE
Wed 11 – Sun 15 Oct, 12h00 – 24h00
free admission