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15:30 – 16:45 | The ZAM Nelson Mandela Lecture and Cultural Programme.

Opening: Alderman Touria Meliani, Amsterdam Alderman for Arts & Culture, Speakers: Panashe Chigumadzi (Zimbabwe), Marcus Desando (South Africa) and Jerry Afriyie (Netherlands/Ghana). Host: Ikenna Azuike. Performances by Ntjam Rosie, Soweto Skeleton Movers and Sites of Memory with Jennifer Tosch, Jomecia Oosterwolde, Houda Bibouda, Jörgen Gario & Jahcysha Boschman.

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All day | Mandela’s speech from the ITA balcony.

Only 5 months after his release from prison, Nelson Mandela was welcomed by 20.000 people at the Amsterdam Leidseplein. Mandela spoke from the balcony of the theatre. Listen to a live recording of his speech.

Koninklijke Foyer

12:30 – 13:30 | Apartheid South Africa. Ernest Cole’s House of Boundage.

World Press Photo Director Joumana El Zein Koury, former Director of Huis Marseille Els Barents and Dutch/South African photographer Farren van Wyk in conversation with Ikenna Azuike about the recently republished international bestseller, the first in-depth record op apartheid atrocities. Participants will also discuss the importance of documentary photography for todays’ desire for justice and peace.

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14:15 – 15:15 | Op Zoek Naar Mandela in Iran

Bahram Sadeghi in gesprek met schrijver Marja Vuijsje, auteur van het net verschenen Volgend jaar in Teheran, voorzitter van het Humanistisch Verbond Mardjan Seighali, publicist Farhad Golyardi en journalist en voormalig antiapartheidsactivist Bart Luirink en Zhinia Noorian. Heeft de strijd voor vrijheid in Iran een Mandela nodig? Of is die er misschien al?

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17:00 – 17:30 | Meet the Speakers

Q & A facilitated by Ikenna Azuike with the speakers of this years ZAM Nelson Mandela Lecture Panashe Chigumadzi, Marcus Desando and Jerry Afriyie.


12:45 – 13.30 | Cry Freedom. Trends of Repression and Resistance in 5 African Countries.

Documentary maker and journalist Bram Vermeulen in conversation with Theophilus Abbah (Nigeria), Ngina Kirori (Kenya), Emmanuel Mutaizibwa (Uganda) & Elizabeth BanyiTabo (Cameroon).

A new generation of African investigative journalists is in the frontline of the struggle against repression and self-enrichment by African autocrats and their international allies. Fastly growing protest movements and activists are targeted by repressive state machineries. What’s going on?

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14:00 – 15:00 | Ode aan Winnie. A Portrait of Love & Revolution.

Ernestine Comvalius in gesprek met beeldend kunstenaar Patricia Kaersenhout en theatermaker, acteur en regisseur Junior Mthombeni. Over de rol van Winnie Madizikela Mandela in de strijd tegen apartheid en hoe Mthombeni’s succesvolle theaterproductie Dear Winnie de kunstenaar aan het denken zette. Het onlangs door Kaersenhout voltooide werk Ode aan Winnie, geschonken aan ZAM Magazine, is ook te bezichtigen!

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13:30 – 14:45 | Afrovibes Presents: Art and the Sense of Belonging Crossing Boundaries, Connecting People

Ms. Aba in conversation with Jay Pather, Marjorie Boston, Pim Deul. All three are closely involved with the very successful annual Afrovibes Festival. How do artistic productions counter distracted perception of ‘Africa’. The screening of two videoshorts, made by South African artist Lhola Amir, are part of this programme. Actress Kimberley Agyarko, artist Quinsy Gario and Mariseya will contribute to the talk.

15:00 – 16:00 | Film. A New Country.

A documentary by Sifiso Khanyile (2020). 25 years after its birth as a democratic country, South Africa remains the most unequal society in the world. Reflecting on this period of liberation, disjointedness, and resistance are a wide spectrum of its everyday citizens. With Athol Williams, Beverley Ditsie, Lady Skollie, Zara Julius and others. An exclusive screening.

16:15 – 18:00 | Film. The State Against Mandela and the Others.

Feature film recollecting the 1963/1964 South African Rivonia Trial that sentenced Nelson Mandela and 9 co-accused to life long prison sentences. An impressive mix of animation, interviews and archival footage. This film by Nicholas Chapeaux and Gill Porte marked the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth in 2018. An exclusive screening!

Marnix Bordes

All day | Grab a set of headphones and watch shorts!

Gijsbrecht Bordes

All day | Harmony of Love, an installation by Marian Genet.

You are not just allowed, you have to(!) sit, lie or hang on the Harmony of Love by Marian Genet. Her colourful artwork invites you to connect, reflect, touch. Take of your shoes and be amazed!