meetings in December 2022

In Miami, Accra, Paris, Dakar, Marseille, Pantin, Rabat, Aubervilliers, Carthage, Clermont-Ferrand, Vic-le-Comte, Cachan, Hamburg, New York, Marrakech, Evian, Niamey, indoors or outdoors, here the twenty-two appointments of Afro or African culture are not to be missed this December. Feel free to send us your next “must see” cultural events at

Emblematic figure of the contemporary scene, Cape Verdean choreographer and performer Marlene Monteiro Freitas performs from December 1 to 4 at the Centquatre in Paris Bacchantes – introduction to a purification. Advertised as ” a joyous post-modern ballet that is highly hallucinated », the show is based on a successful work of the ancient Greek theater dedicated to the god of drunkenness and excess.

From December 1 to 3, the Afriart Gallery in Kampala presents at the Art Basel Miami Beach fair three young Ugandan artists who excel in the reinterpretation of the black image: Emmie Nume, Mona Taha and Richard Atugonza.


If you are an artist in the visual arts, living in West Africa and aged between 18 and 40, you can apply until December 2 at Kuenyehia awardfeatures” 10 000 dollars, art supplies, training and instruction “. The Kuenyehia Trust is based in Ghana and wants to help artists find financial stability quickly.

From December 2 to 4, the Dakar Fashion Week scroll to him hybrid mode, diverse, with a different body sensibility “. The event is celebrating its 20th anniversary and proudly defines itself as a ” showcase of African fashion and made in Senegal “, as ” an uninhibited fashion that imposes itself despite prejudices “.

From December 2, the gallery Celeb Yoon in Dakar, Senegal, gifts Match points. This personal exhibition by Mbaye Diop focuses on Dakar as a place where power structures are used. The Senegalese artist revealed a city inhabited by its contradictions, concrete aspirations and the inevitable return of the ghosts of its ancestors “.

From December 2 to 10, Francophony we are invited on a journey to the Francophonie through an ode to all languages, spoken or not. Organized by the Théâtre des Doms in Avignon, the small language festival welcomes creations, readings, meetings from Algeria, Belgium, Congo, Guadeloupe, France, Haiti, Quebec.

From December 2, Mucem in Marseille hosts the first retrospective of Ghada Amer in France. The artist, born in Cairo in 1963, moved to Nice at the age of 11 with his parents, before training in plastic arts in Paris. Faced with the difficulties of entering the world of art as a woman, she developed a creative process that is specific to her in which embroidery, painting, ceramics, bronze and the creation of gardens are mixed… Installed since 1996 in New York, it is now considered ” a major voice on post-colonial and feminist issues in contemporary creation “.

Mbaye Diop: “The ghosts of the day”, 2022. Drawing by Senegalese artist Mbaye Diop, exhibited from December 2 to March 4 at the “Bale de Match” exhibition at the Selebe Yoon gallery in Dakar. © Mbaye Diop

The promise of prisonby Cameroonian director Joseph Dégramon Ndjom, is one of a dozen films devoted to Africa and its diasporas in Documentary film festival in Clermont-Ferrand and Vic-le-Comte. under the theme of traces of lifethe 32nd edition brings together until December 3 80 films and a focus dedicated to Desires for democracy.

From December 3 to 10, the Carthage Theater Days, dean of African festivals, welcomes audiences and professionals for shows, workshops, masterclasses and meetings. Beyond being a platform for Tunisian, Arab and African theatrical productions, and paying tribute to Senegalese theater this year, JTCs also aims to make Tunisia the first Arab country to have a theater.

African Views Cinemathe 15th edition of the festival organized by the association Afrique sur Bièvre offers until December 4 some of the masterpieces of African cinema in the last two years, including Lingui, the sacred bondsChadian Mahamat Saleh Haroun, and Twelfth nightby Ivorian Philippe Lacôte, or short films I’m afraid to forget your face of the Egyptian Sameh Alaa and Blind spots Tunisian Lotfi Achour. Each screening will be followed by a debate led by a specialist in African cinemas and/or the film’s director.

On December 7, the celebration “Stop Wars – Visions of Exile” Pantin offers a night of dance and concert-performance around the question Ukraine – Russia, why the war ?. Dancer and choreographer Cleve Nitoumbi digs into his life story there: When you were born to Congolese parents in Ukraine and fled to France, how do you define yourself? »

From December 7 to 10, the International Fashion Festival in Africa (FIMA) moved to Rabat, a city designated as the African Capital of Culture. The 14e edition continues to send the divide “Peace, Culture and Development” while sending a strong signal to the importance of the professions of fashion, design and creation in Africa to the world.

From December 7 to 11, the American visual artist, choreographer and writer Okwui Okpokwasili present in the Municipality of Aubervilliers Bronx Gothic. Wanjiru Kamuy, born in Kenya, trained in the United States and based in France, will perform this monologue by a woman that evokes the memories of two young black women and their awakening to sexuality in the Bronx in the 1980s. First artist in residence of MoMA’s The Kravis Studio, Okpokwasili is known for his works related to historical events in Nigeria and the perception of African bodies in the West.

From December 8 to 10, Rwandan dancer and singer Dorothée Munyaneza performs Mind, the final part of Radouan Mriziga’s trilogy centers on the Imazighen, an indigenous people of North Africa. The Moroccan-born Brussels choreographer presents Atelier de Paris with a dance and song tribute to the Egyptian goddess Neith and feminine power in general.

how do you feel ? asked the Ivorian painter Ngoye and Italian sculptor Aron Demetz at the Melbye-Konan Gallery in Hamburg, Germany. In 400 square meters, artists confront their worldviews, living neo-expressionist compositions for one, wooden sculptures for another, from December 9 to February 4, 2023.

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Mbaye Diop: “Polytheism”. Drawing by Senegalese artist Mbaye Diop, exhibited from December 2 to March 4 at the “Match Ball” exhibition at the Selebe Yoon gallery in Dakar. © Mbaye Diop

In New York, the International African Diaspora Film Festival celebrating its 30th anniversary. Through December 11, ADIFF offers 89 stories and documentaries from 44 countries at seven different locations in Manhattan. Highlights of this 2022 edition include: Dear Jackie, a cinematic letter from director Henri Pardo to Jackie Robinson, the first black man to play in Major League Baseball and a key player in the civil rights movement in the United States. Paul S. Wilo, director from Zambia, presents Mary Christ : The Story of Buumba. The young Buumba, 16, dreams of becoming a writer and rebels against the doctrine of the Maria Kristu church that taught him that his place is at the side of his future wife. Ivorian director Roger Gnoan M’Bala tells the very sensitive story of slavery committed by Africans. Adanggaman: Africans Making Slaves of Africans was found in West Africa, at the end of the 17th century. At that time, King Adanggaman waged war against neighboring tribes, ordering his soldiers to burn enemy villages, kill elders, and capture healthy tribesmen to sell to European slave traders. …

Until December 11, the 11th edition of course welcome to the 30 best art spaces of Dakar openings and meetings organized in the districts of the Senegalese capital. An artistic way to draw another map of a city that renews itself and to offer a unique experience on the African continent.

From December 11, the Palais Lumière explores Evian The call of the distance many Traveling artists between 1880 and 1944. The exhibition brings together some forty artists and photographers who traveled the world, from the African continent to the far East. Among women artists, for example, Lucie Cousturier who, after meeting African skirmishers settled in Fréjus in 1916, embarked in 1921, from Marseilles to Dakar, for a nine-month trip to West Africa.

On December 15, the call for applications for an artistic residency at Red Garden, in the region of Marrakech, Morocco. Created by the Montresso Foundation, this creative laboratory welcomes almost thirty visual artists (painters, sculptors, photographers, etc.), of Moroccan or foreign nationality, every cultural period. Artists benefit from research time and distribution assistance.

It will take place until December 17 The Plague is Me. A life of amusements. This solo exhibition of the South African artist Kendell Geers at the Galerie Eric Mouchet in Paris was thought ” like a panorama revealing the thread of the artist’s thoughts », with founding works that have never been shown to the public.

The 2nd edition of African Laughter Awards will take place on December 17 in Niamey, Niger. The event dedicates every year the best comedians of the African continent. In the Comedian of the Year category were named: Boukary, Joel-Jo’arts, Le Magnific, Ulrich Takam, Willy Dumbo.

On December 20 the preview of the movie will take place Skirmishers in Dakar. Directed by Mathieu Vadepied, the story chronicles the enlistment of Senegalese Fulani breeder Bakary Diallo (played by Omar Sy) during World War I in the French army to join his 17-year-old son Thierno, who has- recruited by force.

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