Afro_Vibes announcement

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.

After 8 years, Katy Streek leaves Afro_Vibes as programmer. Katy has put the festival firmly on the map. First as programmer of the fringe program (with an artists in residence program for talent development, master classes and panel discussions). In recent years, together with artistic director Jay Pather, she set up the full program of the festival and became more and more the face of Afro_Vibes. The board thanks Katy for her great contribution to the development of the festival.

Marjorie Boston is the new programmer of Afro_Vibes as of May. Marjorie was artistic director at production house MC until the end of 2012. In 2013 she founded RIGHTABOUTNOW INC foundation which coaches professional theatre makers, organizes talent development and international exchange projects and organizes the RIGHTABOUTNOW festival. Main spearheads for Marjorie are urban and cultural diversity and new narrative forms. Focal points which, according to the Afro Vibes board, are an excellent match for the Afro_Vibes Festival. Marjorie: "I think it would be great to use my experience, energy and my belief in the power of art and culture for an organization such as Afrovibes that aims to serve and promote the interaction between multidisciplinary (performing) arts and a culturally diverse audience. Moreover, an international art institution that does not fear changes in its course in the interests of arts and culture and a global society." Welcome Marjorie!

We have reached an unprecedented time in our world. The impact of COVID 19 remains incalculable and in responding to this crisis, borders have been shut and isolation is the only way to contain and treat the devastating impact. We send our best wishes to all who are in the throes of this crisis for safety, and health. This, even though we don’t know when, will pass. Festivals such as Afro_Vibes have ensured the exchange of art and ideas towards a better, compassionate, accessible and kinder world. And while physical crossing has to be curtailed for now, the Afro_Vibes Festival commits itself to continuing to cross all kinds of borders, and to facilitate a deeper understanding of culture across oceans and continents. Jay Pather.

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.

Pim Deul has been appointed as new chairman of the board of the Afro Vibes foundation. Pim Deul is the founder of PDD Legal and has 20 years of practical experience within (semi) government and business as a legal adviser. In addition, Pim is a co-founder and advisor of Smart Zwart Collective, a dynamic and influential network consisting of professionals of color, who are connected through inspiration and incentive.

Jade Schiff has also joined the board. Jade has extensive experience in project and business management in the performing arts, mentoring new artists and emerging talent. She was Roots & Routes program manager until the end of 2018. Jade is also the owner of Melody Movements.


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 2019 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 2019'.

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:
3 until 13 Oct 2019 in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht