Interdisciplinary festival Africa is/in the Future

drawing of an african woman © Benjamin Monteil/Giulia Florian

Wed, 29.09.2021 -
Sat, 02.10.2021

PointCulture, La Bellone, Cinema NOVA

Interdisciplinary festival

Afrika is/in the Future – the interdisciplinary festival about the African and diasporic present – is back!

Afrika is/in the Future invites participants to exchange perspectives, explore different experiences, stories and aesthetics to envisage new potential futures. It looks at post-colonial games, club culture from Kampala to Berlin, the production of African comics and representations within our cultural institutions. We will discuss experiences of racism and possible forks in the road based on African thinking. We will meet activists and entrepreneurs demonstrating commitment through specific activities in their particular fields and discover a young and vibrant Brussels art scene.

The festival will take place from 29 September to 2 October at various venues in Brussels including PointCulture, Cinema Nova, La Bellone and Décoratelier!

As part of the festival, the Goethe-Institut Brussels and the publisher will present the book and music project Ten Cities on 2 October at Cinema Nova:
Nightlife has come to a standstill worldwide. This is an opportune moment to take an historical look at the social significance of clubs as testing grounds and protected spaces – including outside of western cities. As part of the Ten Cities project of the Goethe-Institut, 21 essays by music journalists, DJs, club activists and urbanists were published in 2020 by Spector Books. The book tells the story from various perspectives of club music and cultures of ten urban centres from 1960 to March 2020 in cities including Nairobi, Cairo, Kiev, Johannesburg, Berlin, Naples, Luanda, Lagos, Bristol and Lisbon. At Cinéma Nova, co-editor and music journalist Florian Sievers and author Mallam Mahammodu Mudi Yahaya (participating online from Lagos) will present Ten Cities followed by a discussion with the festival collective Nyege Nyege as well as a concert and DJ set.
A programme presented by PointCulture, Cinéma Nova, La Bellone, Goethe-Institut Brussels, Centre Librex and the Féministe toi-meme! Festival, in cooperation with Decoratelier, the Nyege Nyege collective and Café Congo. With kind support from Africalia, the Goethe-Institut Brussels and the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.