Upcoming events

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Sunday June 16: Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ – lecture and conversation
In collaboration with Bijlmer Bookstore, the Amsterdam Black Women collective and Lola Shoneyin (Aké Arts and Book Festival) we’re welcoming Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀, the author of Stay With Me, to the Bijlmer. On Sunday June 16 she, moderator Tracian Meikle and an audience of max. 40 people will discuss her book that won prizes like The Future Awards Africa Prize for Arts and Culture and many, many others.
Moderator: Tracian Meikle, co-founder of the Amsterdam Black Women collective.
Time and location: 16h – 18h, Bijlmer Bookstore (address: Hettenheuvelweg 16, Amsterdam Southeast). Doors open at 15:30h.
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RIchardSaturday June 22: Wiaspora podcast as part of the Xenogenesis exhibition
Live recording of our podcast centred around Afro- and African Futurism*.
Theme: Creolizing the canon
Hosts: Richard Kofi and moi.
Guests: Munganyende Hélène Christelle, Pelumi Adejumo, Naomie Pieter and Rose Sarpong.
Language: Dutch.
Time and location: 15h-17h, Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven)
Free entrance!
* Term borrowed from the genius Nnedi Okorafor.

PanasheSunday June 23: Panashe Chigumadzi – lecture and conversation
On Sunday June 23 novelist and essayist Panashe Chigumadzi is coming to Bijlmer Parktheater to read from and discuss her work. Her debut novel Sweet Medicine (Blackbird Books, 2015) won the 2016 K. Sello Duiker Literary Award. Her second book, These Bones Will Rise Again, a reflection on Robert Mugabe’s ouster, was published in June 2018 by the Indigo Press. A columnist for The New York Times, and contributing editor of the Johannesburg Review of Books, her work has featured in titles including The Guardian, Chimurenga, Africa is A Country, Transition, Washington Post and Die Ziet.
Moderator: Tracian Meikle, co-founder of the Amsterdam Black Women collective.
Time and location: 19h-21h, Bijlmer Parktheater (Amsterdam).
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OlaSaturday June 29: Wiaspora podcast as part of the Xenogenesis exhibition
Live recording of our podcast centred around Afro- and African Futurism*.
Theme: Afrofuturism and African Futurism.
Hosts: Richard Kofi and moi.
Guests: Ola Hassanain, Stephanie Archangel, Veronique Efomi and Planet Airich.
Language: English.
Time and location: 15h-17h, Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven)
Free entrance!
* Term borrowed from the genius Nnedi Okorafor.

Saturday July 6: Wiaspora podcast as part of the Xenogenesis exhibition
Live recording of our podcast centred around Afro- and African Futurism*.
Theme: Self care
Hosts: Richard Kofi and moi.
Guests: Glenn Helberg, Otion and Amal Alhaag.
Language: Dutch.
Time and location: 15h-17h, Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven)
Free entrance!
* Term borrowed from the genius Nnedi Okorafor.

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Events in May: discussing Jordan Peele’s Us & #VoteForwardNL

In May I’m co-hosting two events about Jordan Peele’s latest movie Us. Speaking of horror: it’s almost time to vote for the European Parliament. So yes, we have another #VoteForwardNL event coming up. All three gatherings are discussed in the post below.

Discussing Jordan Peele’s Us
My inner-movie nerd can talk about Jordan Peele’s work for hours and hours. This month, my fellow film lovers and I will do just that. We promise to do so in a way that also keeps the conversation interesting for people who (for example because they’re afraid of horrors) didn’t see the film. Needless to say there will be spoilers.

Meet us at:
Amsterdam’s Bijlmer Parktheater on Sunday May 19. This event will be in Dutch.
Program:
16.30u – 18.00u: #BPTUnpacks , the movie breakdown with Daphina Misiedjan, Nagaré Willemsen, Richard Kofi and me.
18.00u – 18.45u: Break & movie quiz. Of course there’ll be loads of questions about John Singleton’s films. Prices: two books from Bijlmer Bookstore.
18.45u – 20.30u: #VoteForwardNL (more info below).
Tickets: 7 euro (one ticket for the entire event, catering not included).
Maximum number of seats: 40.
Reservations: Please send an e-mail to kassa@bijlmerparktheater.nl or call 020-3113930 during office hours.
Click here for the FB event page.

Rotterdam’s Het Nieuwe Instituut on Sunday May 26. This event will be in English.
This gathering is a co-production with Het Nieuwe Instituut. Many, many thanks to the good people who work there and who opened their doors for us!
Time: 15.00h – 16.30h.
With: Ola Hassanain, Malique Mohamud, Richard Kofi and me.
Entrance: Free and reservations aren’t needed.


Sunday May 19 at Bijlmer Parktheater – #VoteForwardNL

#VoteForwardNL is the people’s movement that focuses on inclusivity and representation of the Afro-Dutch communities in Dutch politics. Our work centres around Afro-Dutch politicians, Afro-Dutch voters and NL’s upcoming elections (municipal/local, provincial, national and European). The main focus for our event on Sunday May 19 (after the talk about Jordan Peele’s Us and the movie quiz): The elections for the European Parliament on Thursday May 23 and the gentrification of Amsterdam’s Bijlmer.
With: Daphina Misiedjan, Peggy Burke and Abdullahi Abdulrahman Abdalla.
Your one ticket for €7 is valid for the two part event on Sunday May 19.