Afro_Vibes: Women & LGBTQI+ leadership

Afro_Vibes 2020 @ De Balie

Jennifer Muntslag

Photo: © Annelies Verhelst

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).

This evening we bring together influential women directors and artists to discuss their best practices. We go beyond the problems that women and people from the LGBTQI+ community working in the cultural sector, experience. Instead we ask: What can we learn from you for the future of the arts scene?

We open the evening with a short performance of Together, a work of choreographer Donna Chittick in which 4 female dancers embody the experiences and choices during the life of a woman.

Intersectional queer and anti-racist activist Naomie Pieter who effortlessly mixes the organisation of protest rallies and designing choreographies gives a keynote on women leadership. Afterwards she enters into conversation with Donna Chittick, South-African performance artist Qondiswa James and Tieneke Sumter, activist and a leading face of Survibes, a Surinam-Dutch LHBTQI+ group.

With music by singer-song writer Eva Skeete Mc Leed.

Moderator: Jennifer Muntslag

After the official programme it’s possible to stay for the streaming of A Faint Patch of Light, an awarded performance by Qondiswa James about the love of two South-African women the night before they die.


Donna ChittickChoreographer
Naomie PieterCo-founder Black Queer & Trans Resistance NL
Tieneke SumterLHBTQI+ activist
Qondiswa JamesVIA ZOOM | performance artist


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.