Speak Truth To Power
Co-curated by Ingrid Masondo, Jay Pather & Cathal McKee
Afrovibes Performing Arts Festival
Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague - The Netherlands
03 - 13 October 2019
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.
Participating Artists Include: Thania Petersen, Al and Faatimah Luke, Ello Xray Eyez, Heidi Sincuba, Garth Walker, Gary Frier, Juliart, Josemarie Nyagah, Keith Virgo, Lisolomzi Pikoli, Lungile Mkobane, Minenkulu Ngoyi, Reggie Khumalo, Samanta Tello, Sinalo Ncgaba, Vivien Kohler, Vongai Sibanda, Wes Mapes, Zapiro, Zenande Mtati ... and more.
For more information about the exhibition please visit the FiercePop website HERE
The Afrovibes Performing Arts Festival runs from 03 - 13 October 2019 with an opening at the Compagnie Theater Amsterdam and a running exhibition across locations in Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague.
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.
For more information about the festival please visit the Afrovibes website here