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21-23. JUN

The Afro Festival is a three-day cultural event held once a year at the Belgrade Museum of African Art. The Festival emphasizes the recognition of cultural diversity and the presentation of cultural heritage as a means of promoting multiculturalism in today's world. With the participation of educators and experts in the field of African studies, as well as African and local artists, students and friends of the Museum, the Festival offers exhibitions, lectures, music and art workshops, concerts and topical guided tours through the permanent exhibition and thematic exhibition.

 

Daily entrance – 150. din.
For children up to 12 years old – 50 din.

Friday, June 21
13h, 15h & 17h
PRACTICUM

Thematic guided tour through the permanent display

PraktikumIn cooperation with Belgrade Faculty of Philosophy’s Centre for Career Development, the Museum of African Art organised a special program for final year students of Art History and Ethnology and Anthropology. For a month the students worked hard on their permanent display-based topics of choice, which is evident, both in the substantiality of their guided tours and interesting approaches of their presentations. Each student offers a different outlook on the Museum’s permanent display. The students will guide visitors through the permanent exhibit and provide them with an experience of Africa through ten different perspectives!

Topics chosen by the students for you include: Ana Stevanović: The Impact of African Art on European Modern Art (Friday, 21.06. at 13h); Dajana Matijašević: The Rythm of Africa: About African Musical Instruments (Friday, 21.06. at 15h); Eleonora Škrpan: Everyday Household Objects (Friday, 21.06. at 17h); Bojana Trebovac: Animals and their Symbolism in African Art (Saturday, 22.06. at 10h); Dragana Konjokrad: The Art of the Dan And Gere People (Saturday, 22.06. at 12h); Kristina Živković: The African Mask: Function and Meaning (Saturday, 22.06. at 13h); Tanja Komnenović: Representations of the Body in African Art (Sunday, 23.06. u 10h); Milica Josimović: The Ancestor Cult in West Africa: Meaning and Impact on Traditional Art (Sunday, 23.06. at 13h); Marija Marković: Europe and Africa, Are We Really Two Different Worlds? (Sunday, 23.06. at 14h) & Lenka Pavlović: The Style and Form of the West African Mask (Sunday, 23.06. at 15h).

 
14-18h
ART WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN
  • - How did people make the great rock art of Namibia?
  • - How did Spider Anansi clean the king’s garden and win the spotted cow!? Storytelling from Ghana.
  • - How to make a mancala board with recyclable materials?
  • - How, with a bit of clay and “flowers in your heart” can you make a true work of art? Learn about the art of Jamaica.

This year we have selected a number of interesting topics for our youngest and most creative visitors. Through art, children will explore, learn and demonstrate the importance of land and water, anger and solidarity, and how art opens and creates new and interesting ways of conversing.

Workshops are held by: Emma Ashantide (Ghana), longtime Museum friend and associate, artist Nevine Salmon (Jamaica) and Museum curators.

 
15-20h
MANCALA TOURNAMENT

After several months of preparation through the Mancala Rules! programme, we are ready for the big mancala tournament!

Mancala is a cognitive board game based on different variants of the game found across four continents: Africa, Asia, South and North America. During two days of the Afro Festival mancala tournaments in 2 categories, for children and grownups, will be held. The tournament opens its doors to those who diligently practiced as well as those who will learn the rules of the game for the first time at the Festival. The rules are simply and easy to learn, however what is not easy is – WINNING!

To become a good “mancalist” no previous knowledge is necessary. The rules are simple however it is not easy to score. What is developed through mancala is quick calculation, strategic thinking and tactics. Also, playing mancala is a good opportunity to develop communicational skills, forge friendships and meet new people.

The multimedia exhibition “Mancala, game of Thought” by Ivana Vojt, was awarded PROJECT OF THE YEAR award by the National Committee of ICOM (International Council of Museums) – the international organisation of museums and museum professionals within UNESCO.

 
20h
ZORAN NASKOVSKI, AAA (THE SOUND I SAW) 2011. – 2013.

The subtitle of Zoran Naskovski’s installation „AAA“ (The Sound I Saw) refers to the project/book bearing the same title by American artist Roy DeCarava. It consist of a stream of text and black and white photographs of the jazz scene and everyday life, shot in Harlem during the late 1950s and the early 1960s. The pages of this book, attached only in the upper part and placed along a lit showcase inside which are African objects selected by Museum curators, accompanied by three microphones set to echo effect, are the basis of the artwork which offers the possibility of active participation. This installation within the permanent Museum display space enhanced by the introduction of video in 2013 additionally emphasizes the importance of the reconsideration of one’s own position in the context of contemporaneity, media flux, artefacts, as well as the museum itself.

DISCUSSION: Branislav Dimitrijević (PhD), art theoretician, Radina Vučetić (PhD), historian and Zoran Naskovski, artist and author of „AAA“

* The “AAA” installation was first displayed at the Museum of African Art<br/ > as part of the biennial program AFRAM (African-American-Music).<br/ > Project authors: Jelena Jovović, jazz musician/professor and Narcisa Knežević-Šijan, Museum Director.
 
Saturday, June 22
10h, 12h & 13h
PRACTICUM

Thematic guided tour through the permanent display

10-18h
REPRESENTING NAMIBIA

Sale exhibition

The Representing Namibia program will exhibit objects based on the traditional production of this distant South African country and will include jewellery, basketry, bags, fabrics and tapestries. During the Afro Festival visitors will be able to get firsthand information about the history of this country, its population and ethnic groups such as the Bushmen and Himba, as well as the culture, modern ways of life and unusual and stunning natural surroundings.

10-18h
AFRICAN BAZZAR

Sale exhibition

The African Bazaar is a popular event of the Museum of African Art, which promotes the fine and applied arts from the African continent. It is conceived as a sale exhibition of art and craft items: masks, sculptures in stone and wood, hand-made and painted fabrics, paintings, batiks, jewellery and decorative household items.

 

 

11-16h
MANCALA TOURNAMENT
14-18h
ART WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN
14h
BENEFACTORS

Presentation of the “Ethiopian Cloak” (gift of Prince Asfa-Wossen Asserate)

A public talk about Museum gifts, its benefactors and official presentment of acknowledgements

The initial collection of the Museum of African Art was based on a gift to the City of Belgrade by Veda and Dr Zdravko Pečar back in 1974. Founded on a collection of objects, predominantly from West Africa, Belgrade’s museum of African Art throughout the years developed its rich artistic and educational practice, thus enabling it to impact generations of students, pupils and artists. Following this first “ample donation” by the Pečar family, a number of other donations ensued. Thus the museum has managed not only to enlarge its collections and widen the field of work for its curators, but also to, secure the cultural heritage of the City of Belgrade for future generations. Through the donations of both individual objects and entire collections, by individuals and families, the Museum is now able to proudly present collections of Ethiopian art and the art of Central Africa, as well artefacts from Cameron, Congo, Egypt and Algeria. With the aim of showing its gratitude to individuals and families who have contributed not only to the museum’s collections, but who have also facilitated the enrichment of Belgrade’s culture the Museum will present its BENEFACTORS with an official acknowledgement.

 
16-18h
BABA HISHISHI & ETONDO BAND (LIVE)

Papa-Hishishi-i-Etondo band From-left-Castro Papa Rodrique Mafuta Fiston-GuichontThis years Afro festival will host the six-piece band Etondo from Namibia, whose frontman Ndasuunje Shikongeni is better known as Papa Hishishi. Ndasuunje Shikongeni, popularly known as “Papa”, is an internationally and nationally recognized artist, as well as a storyteller, spiritual believer and leader in Namibia’s post-independence arts education and culture. Through his music, Papa aims to free people’s minds and their consciousness.

 
Sunday, June 23
10-18h
REPRESENTING NAMIBIA

Sale exhibition

10-18h
DURBAR – FESTIVAL OF FESTIVALS

DURBARThe most important day of the Afro Festival is Durbar Day – the Festival of Festivals – a day of friendship, music and dance. With the participation of the African embassies in Belgrade, this day celebrates African music, dance, art and culture in the pleasant exterior, the garden of the Museum. Specially arranged stalls with handicraft items and souvenirs contribute to the Festival spirit offering an unforgettable way of experiencing the cultural heritage of Africa.

With the kind support of the African diplomatic community in Belgrade, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the culinary specialties from different parts of Africa: Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Guinea, Congo, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia.

 

 

10-18h
AFRICAN BAZAAR

Sale exhibition

10h, 13h, 14h & 15h
PRACTICUM

Thematic guided tour through the permanent display

14-18h
ART WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN

Program in high resolution (serbian only) - .pdf

The Museum of African Art is under the patronage of the Assembly of the City of Belgrade - The Secretariat for Culture

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