HEROES AND HEROINES. For its fourth edition, the AFROPOLITAN FESTIVAL invites artists and the public to celebrate their heroines and heroes. Musicians as Fela Kuti and Miriam Makeba have marked and continue to inspire generations of artists and activists of all ages and backgrounds. Just like the author Toni Morrison, who died in 2019, who transformed American fiction. Afropolitan pays tribute to these artists and many others through concerts, films, encounters, performances and fashion shows.
28 February — 1 March ’20
N’Gone Fall C FDIOUF Photography Courtesy of Institut français

On the programme is the exclusive concert of the legendary Congolese group Zaiko Langa Langa, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Their soukous, dances and famous guitar solos have revolutionized African pop music and have travelled the world. The younger generation also celebrates its heroines and heroes during slam & rap nights hosted with Prezy and Inua Ellams.

Film, fashion and dance will also be at the heart of the festival. In terms of films, there is a programme of musical documentaries “Screen The Beat” and a screening of short films by young Afro-descendant directors based in the Netherlands in partnership with the Africa In the Picture festival in Amsterdam.

Morrison Toni © Michael Lionstar

On the fashion side, New African Wave will once again organise a pop-up market and two catwalks celebrating Afropolitan personalities. The catwalks are organised by Shine Prod and put the ethnic et ethic fashion of the Tunisian designer Salah Barka.  

In dance, Bintou Dembélé, a French hip-hop figure and choreographer, and the New York dancer Cal Hunt will bring an excerpt from the recent krump ballet “Les Indes Galantes”. They will also talk about the artistic and human adventure behind this creation for the Opéra Bastille in Paris.

Rokia Bamba RR

Finally, let us not forget the debates, the Meet & Greets with the artists, the workshops and a new networking platform for Afropolitan festivals…

It will be three days full of intensity, in which art, celebration and reflection will be combined, in the image of the new Afropolitan art scene.

Sukina Douglas by Danny Willems

With : Zaïko Langa Langa, Inua Ellams, Prezy, Joy Slam, Bintou Dembélé, Cal Hunt, Norman Ajari, Pascale Obolo, Mireille Tsheusi Robert, N’Goné Fall, Sukina Douglas, Jeny Bonsenge, Na Baka, Dj Illsyl, Edgar Sekloka, Jean-Claude Muaka, Candice Nembhard, Wayi, Amée, Larry Essouma, Summer Pearl, Randi Guine, Dj Rokia Bamba, Elisabetta Agyeiwaa, Djamile Mama Gao, Shamira Rafaëla, Bouba Dola, Kymani Céder,Tunde Adefioye, Dj Rokia Bama, Yemisi Mokuolo, Maurice Carlos Ruffin… and many more.

Date : From Friday 28 February ’19 until Sunday Sunday 1 March ‘20
Place : BOZAR, 
Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussel
Entrance: Price/activity
Info & tickets : +32 (0)2 507 82 00 – – Sponsor : Royal Museum for Central Africa, Embassy of the United States of America, Royal Flemish Theatre – KVS, Ambassade De France, Kuumba, BAMKO, Daniel Hechter, Hatch Ideas, new african wave
Support : Belgian Development Cooperation

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