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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.

Events in January

English: In January, I’m organizing a poetry-and-a-panel event at Amsterdam’s Bijlmer Parktheater and giving a lecture in The Hague. One is in Dutch, the other one’s in English. Please check below for more info. || NL: In januari organiseer ik een poetry-en-een-panel evenement in het Bijlmer Parktheater en geef ik een lezing in het Migratie Museum in Den Haag. Eén zal in het Nederlands zijn, de ander in het Engels.

Nederlands: Zo. 13 januari – Lezing: “A building made of people”
Onderwerpen:
1. De zogenaamde alledaagsheden en de gewelddadige(re) normaliseringen die autochtonen gebruiken om Zwarte en niet-Zwarte Personen van Kleur ervan te overtuigen/ het gevoel te geven dat ze hier niet (echt) thuishoren,
2. De verschillende manieren waarop ontworteldheid en ontwortelen worden gebruikt om de huidige machtsverhoudingen in stand te houden en
3. (Political) power in numbers.
Locatie: Migratie Museum (adres: Hoge zand 42, 2512 EM Den Haag).
Tijd: 15:00u – 16.00u.
Reserveringen: Het event is gratis; via deze link kunt u uw plek reserveren.


English: Sunday January 27 – Tribute to Ntozake Shange
shangeDuring this afternoon we pay homage to this amazing writer who blessed us with choreopoems and novels like For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf + Sassafras, Cypress and Indigo.

With: Tracian Meikle, Alida Aurora, Alfrida Martis, Nohemi Kleintje, Ugbaad Kilincci, Babs Gons, Smita James, Susu Aliy en Jo-Ann With.
Location: Bijlmer Parktheater (address: Anton de Komplein 240, 1102 DR Amsterdam).
Language: English.
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