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BELGIUM

Belgium Programme – Global Citizenship Education

Africalia’s Belgium programme aims to support new cultural dynamics and to encourage our societies to adapt to the cultural diversity that defines our relationship with the world today.

While Africalia mainly operates on the African continent, this programme is an opportunity to create a direct link with the activities carried out by our partners in Africa. It highlights the notion in Belgium that culture builds bridges which can transcend borders and prejudices, and that here as elsewhere, creativity provides fertile ground for imagination, liberation, empowerment and the reinvention of our societies.

Our programme comprises two pillars:

1. Partnership with cultural organisations in Belgium

Africalia is committed to a five-year partnership with seven Belgian cultural operators:
Atelier Graphoui, Afrika Filmfestival (AFF), Festival International du Film Francophone (FIFF), Halles de Schaerbeek, Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg (KVS), Vooruit and Wiels.

We aim to use some of the activities carried out by our partners to make the Belgian cultural sector and its audiences more aware of contemporary African creativity.

Africalia’s contribution aims to boost and provide input for Belgian cultural operators’ programmes and collaborative practices by bringing different aesthetic approaches before them that will enable them to reflect critically on the inequalities resulting from a stereotypical, standardised Western view of the world, and to challenge implicit ideological values and deconstruct them more effectively with their audiences.

2. Distribution of Global Citizenship Education tools and Africalia productions

Three calls for tenders will be launched over the five years of the programme in order to select artistic proposals (films, books, exhibitions, performances, etc.) which deal innovatively with a specific topic related to Global Citizenship Education.

These tools will be used in conjunction with output by Africalia (photo book, documentaries, short film DVDs).

These works will serve as educational tools; but as works of artistic creativity, they will be perceived by the public as different from ‘conventional’ tools for communication, education or awareness raising.

WIELS

WIELS presents temporary exhibitions by national and international artists, both emerging and more established. Thanks to Africalia's support, WIELS would like to invite African artists for creative residencies. Read more

Vooruit

Vooruit is een huis van en voor de kunsten midden in de stad Gent. Africalia steunt de Vooruit binnen zijn artistieke programma's Podium, Muziek, Literatuur, Stadsatelier en het reflectieplatform Think Vooruit. Vooruit wil meer nieuwe kunstenaars uit Afrika en/of de Afrikaanse diaspora uitnodigen op verschillende activiteiten. Read more

KVS

The KVS is Brussels’ city theatre. Through its partnership with Africalia, the KVS seeks to forge links between North and South via urban theatre-making. KVS wishes to open its SLOW sessions (Slam Our World) to artists from Africa. Read more

Atelier Graphoui

Atelier Graphoui is a filmmakers’ collective, an audiovisual production studio and a centre of expression and creativity. It is a laboratory for sounds and images, active in both production and training. With Africalia's support, Atelier Graphoui wishes to boost its international residencies programme by hosting two African artists each year for a residency lasting between one and three months. Read more

Festival international du film francophone de Namur (FIFF)

The Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur (FIFF) has always set out to be professional, friendly, creative and unifying. Africalia supports FIFF to welcome more African directors and film professionals to participate in its professional activities or the "Caravane du court". In addition, FIFF and Africalia wish to work through the Campus activities on a ‘learning through images’ project which uses films produced in Africa to make young people more aware of different realities. Read more

Afrika Filmfestival (AFF)

The African Filmfestival (AFF) aims to introduce a large and diverse public to high-quality, distinctive and socially relevant films from and about Africa and its diasporas. Africalia supports AFF in the organisation of the conference "Humanising Culture, Art and Media" and film and documentary screenings, followed by discussions, through "DocAfrika" and "Afrika thuis in je wijk", throughout the year in Flanders. Read more

Les Halles de Schaerbeek

Multidisciplinary cultural venue, Les Halles de Schaerbeek capture and crystallise movements stemming right from the edges of art and society. With the support of Africalia, Les Halles de Schaerbeek wish to invite young emerging artists and students of African art schools to take part in The gathering of April, which encourages young people from different horizons to reflect, invent, share and create together. Read more