From 3 until 13 October the 16th edition of the Afro_Vibes Festival brings contemporary theater, dance, performances, music, film and design from urban cultural hotspots in Africa on 12 stages in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht.
The festival looks at the entire African continent. In this 16th edition Afro_Vibes brings contemporary makers and artists from South Africa, Nigeria, Angola, Uganda, Congo-Kinshasa and from The Netherlands. They show that we look at the world from different perspectives but that, despite the distance between Europe and Africa, we often have the same questions about who we are, who or what we want to be, what our identity is and why we act as we act.
Speak Truth to Power
With the theme Speak Truth to Power the focus of this year's festival is on truth and power. The world is overflowing with data and information and with the rise of unfiltered (online) sources the question arises: what is real and what is fake? Has truth become an illusion in a world in which social media reinforces existing stereotypes by showing people (fake) news, images and stories with which they already agree? Afro_Vibes has chosen this theme as an artistic response to current times in which various power struggles are featured in the news every day. From authoritarian regimes to students who make their voices heard for climate change and affordable education. Where women unite for equality and against sexual violence, where refugees and migrants have to defend their position and where online media and news channels are used as a window to look at the world, but also for propaganda and fake news.
Data en theaters/steden
Amsterdam 3 t/m 5 oktober Compagnietheater; 5 oktober Bijlmer Parktheater; 9 & 10 oktober De Balie; 9 & 11 oktober Podium Mozaiek; 12 oktober Pleintheater; 13 oktober Bimhuis
Den Haag 5 & 6 oktober Het Nationale Theater (locatie Spui); 11 oktober Paard.
Rotterdam 12 & 13 oktober Maaspodium; 6 oktober Kunsthal.
Utrecht 11 oktober Stadsschouwburg Utrecht; 12 oktober TivoliVredenburg.