This year's Afrovibes trade mark logo is designed by illustrator, photographer and art director Modise 'Blackdice' Sepeng from Alexandra, Johannesburg. As he writes in his bio his works 'simplistically adapts liberation heroes like Steve Biko and Madiba to current con texts of cool.'
Modise says his works “look like a post-colonial coat style, and a mash up of Pan-Africanism and punk rock fused with pop art and hip-hop. (It) reflects on the transitional process of South Africans and the need to create their own identity through day-to-day experiences.”
The 2017 edition of Afrovibes will feature in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague from September 28, 2017, presenting:
Dance: Robyn Orlin - In a World full of Butterflies .... Some Thoughts on Falling. South Africa, Congo, Réunion. Robyn Orlin is back after “Julidans.”
Dance: Mamela Nyamza - DE-APART-HATE. South Africa. Dance performance of South African dancer, choreographer and arts activist Mamela Nyamza.
Theatre: Gavin Krastin - Pig Headed. South Africa. Provocative statement about power. Not for the faint-hearted.
Theatre: Jay Pather & Nadia Davids - What Remains. South Africa. Theatre-dance performance recalling the memories of slavery.
Location theatre: Warren Nebe – Afriqueer. South Africa, Botswana, Zambia. Performance in the public space with dance, theatre and spoken word. What does it mean to be a man and queer in Africa?
Dance: Thomas & Erik Bos (155) & Elvis Sibeko – JONGA. Netherlands/ South Africa. Fresh dance shake of African and contemporary urban dance styles.
Dance: Florent Mahoukou - Sac au Dos. Congo Brazzaville. Desorienting dance performance about the civil war in Congo.
Information on the full programme, including Fringe programme, music and exhibitions will follow later this month.
Opening of the festival is 28 September in Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam with a full evening programme. Complete opening line-up soon on the Tolhuistuin website.
More information about the programme and your ticket shop at www.afrovibes.nl