Afrovibes Festival 2014Festivals / Other
October 08-11, Various times
Afrovibes is back in the Netherlands for their 11th edition, welcoming a curated mix of young performing artists and musicians from around Africa to show what's happening in their urban arts scenes.
Afrovibes in the Netherlands
Afrovibes works tirelessly to find the movers and shakers of Africa's performing arts scenes and gives them a platform to show their talents to audiences who may have otherwise never heard of them.
The festival is the core of Afrovibes, taking place both in the Netherlands and the UK in over 20 cities.
For the 2014 edition, artistic director Sibongeleni James Ngcobo wanted to honour the 20th anniversary of South African democracy by uncovering who the heroes and icons are for this new generation and allow them to tell their stories.
The selected mix of performances is a balance between classically influenced productions and contemporary, grounded works that show the diversity of Africa.
Afrovibes consistently provides the necessary combination of expertise and practical know-how to create a festival full of rare, must-see performances for audiences in the Netherlands.
Although most performances take place at Amsterdam's MC Theater, be sure to check what performances are taking place in the location nearest you!
› Amsterdam | Bijlmer Park Theater
› Amsterdam | MC Theater
› The Hague | Paard van Troje
› The Hague | Regentes Theatre
› Eindhoven | The Park Theatre
› Rotterdam | Maas Theatre and Dance
› Utrecht | Schouwburg
› Utrecht | ZIMIHC
Photo: Dark Cell by Themba Mbuli
Thumb photo: Biko's Quest by Jazzart Dance Theatre
Photo: Black Notice by Thomas Lenden
Afrovibes 2014 highlights
› Bikos Quest
A powerful performance by 10 Cape Town based dancers, the relevance of Steve Biko is explored through explosive movement and dynamic stage presence. A hero of the black consciousness movement, the result fits with the overall theme of discovering icons for a new generation.
› Uncles & Angels
Combining video with live dance, the performance is an intriguing sociological examination of a virginity ceremony in South Africa.
› The Revivalists
Artists from the Netherlands, England and South Africa combine in an experimental work sampling well-known passages from classic theatre. The eight artists use the texts to interrogate the process of defining one's self.
› Rainbow Scars
Multicultural relations and the diversity of contemporary South Africa are laid bare in this new work by playwright Mike van Graan.