October 3, 2019 – October 13, 2019 all-day
Afrovibes Festival 2019

Afro_Vibes is an annual festival of contemporary theater, dance, music and design from Africa. The festival brings emerging and established contemporary African makers and artists to The Netherlands. The festival shows the dynamic cultural life of urban Africa and connects this with Dutch artists and audiences. The festival creates the opportunity for an extensive artistic exchange between makers and artists from the Netherlands and the African continent. The festival has its home base in Amsterdam.

Afro_Vibes not only brings contemporary performing arts and design from Africa but also the whole atmosphere around the performances and the context in which they have been made. The audience is actively engaged by bringing artists and the audience into contact with each other through an extensive fringe programme that contextualize the performances.

The Afro_Vibes festival was founded in 1999 by initiator Vuyo Raymond Matinyana (1969 – 2001). Raymond was a South African artist and singer who moved to The Netherlands and settled in Amsterdam. He founded the Afrovibes Band, which gave the festival its name. In addition to his career as a singer, Raymond also acted as a drag artist as Miss Thandi in both The Netherlands and South Africa.

In Venus versus Modernity, South African actor/poet Lebo Mashile and singer Ann Masina dive into the image of the Black women’s body with the impressive and painful story of Saartjie Baartman, who was exhibited as an African “freak” woman in Europe in the 19th century. In this black comedy they turn this historical story upside down and hold up a mirror to the audience with theatre, spoken word and opera singing and the necessary self-mockery. Ann Masina embodies the goddess Venus with her physical presence and a full choir with her powerful singing voice. Venus versus Modernity shows that the story of Saartjie Baartman still applies to black women in our current world. The show was developed at The Center for The Less Good Idea in Johannesburg by William Kentridge.
Preceding the show is a free accessible introduction at 20h00 in the foyer of Theater aan het Spui. After the performance there is a post show talk with the makers. Followed by an afterpary in collaboration with iAfrica Filmfestival in the foyer from 22.00.

Het Nationale Theater (Theater a/h Spui)
Introduction: 20h00
Show starts: 20h45
After party: 22h00
Tickets: €18,00 –  €21,50  

Amaqhawe is an energetic and provocative South African dance performance from choreographer Mzo Gasa and eight dancers from Sibonelo Dance from Cape Town. Amaqhawe means ‘heroes’ in isiZulu and is a dance performance about memories, resistance and hope and the struggle of young people who stand up for their future. The dancers show the perseverance of young people in South Africa to make their dreams come true. To what extent are we willing to fight what we stand for, like young people today who are taking to the streets to strike and demonstrate for the climate. Amaqhawe is a call for solidarity, perseverance and our future. Choreography: Mzokuthula Gaza, South Africa

Het Nationale Theater (Theater a/h Spui)
Start show: 20h15
After party: 22h00 with Agii Pisi featuring Marcha Djo 21:00 uur (live music with dance in the foyer)
Tickets: €18,00 –  €21,50

With more than 111,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, singer and guitarist Bongeziwe Mabandla became the face of Afro folk. The South African singer-songwriter has a unique sound in which he combines South African Xhosa lyrics with traditional music and contemporary vocals and guitar. With his debut album Umlilo he was immediately on the map and with its successor Mangaliso he won a South African Music Award (SAMA). Bogeziwe performed at international festivals such as Primavera Sound in Barcelona and the Japanese Sukiyaki Meets the World Festival. His third album Zange will be released this fall.

Symphony of Now by dance company Batalo East from Uganda & urban dance company DOX from the Netherlands is a blend between various European and African music influences. Symphony of Now is a dance performance about the power of techno music and the techno scene. The dance performance presents a nightclub as a space in which people on the dance floor experience self-expression and togetherness and in which the audience enters a hypnotic trance with a constant music as a motor.

Start show: 19h30
Tickets: €15,00 – €17,50