Afro_Vibes: Entanglements & Intersection

Nancy Jouwe
In times in which individualism and nationalism seems to flourish Afro_Vibes Festival 2020 central theme is “Entanglements”. For three days artists from all over the world come together in De Balie to exchange work and ideas, although they can’t physically be together. A three-day programme with presentations, talk shows and live streaming of performances (live and digital).

All humans feel the effects of the worldwide pandemic. How can we find each other in searching for solutions instead of isolating ourselves? And what is the role of art in this? How can we create in times of crisis?

Jay Pather (curator of the Afro_Vibes Festival) opens the festival with a keynote on the central theme of this year’s festival, Entanglements. He enters into conversation with the Dutch poet & activist Jerry Afriyie, writer and actor Bright Richards and Nora Chipaumire, an internationally celebrated Zimbabwean choreographer and performer, living in New York. In her work she has been challenging and embracing stereotyps of Africa, the black performing body, art and aesthetics. We open the evening with video presentation of her recent work (Another) Township Manifesto.

(Another) Township Manifesto is a provocative performance in honor of the famous South African visual artist Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba “Dumile” Feni (1942 – 1991) who spent much of his life in exile. nora invited two artists – Chuma Sopotole and Dorothee Munyaneza – to also create a performance in reaction to Feni’s life. These films will be screened after the official programme.


Jay PatherVIA ZOOM | Curator Afrovibes Festival
Nora ChipaumireVIA ZOOM | Choreographer & performer(c) ‘Jesus Robisco for Africa Moment’
Jerry AfriyiePoet & activist
Bright RichardsWriter & actor


Afro_Vibes 2020 | Entanglements / Inseparably Connected

While there are undeniably differences in language, culture, ways of living and communicating between the cultures of our world, there is a entanglement that encompasses all of us and which we are all part of. Even in moments of physical isolation for our safety, there is a sense of community. Because we know that an individual action by one of us can affect hundreds of us. We all go through this together and we can only solve it together. It is this interwovenness and associate intimacy that Afro_Vibes puts at the forefront this year.