Last year, African countries have launched a new development project with arts and culture at its core: the African Capitals of Culture. The whole continent and all the diasporas will be involved. The first edition will take place in 2020 in Marrakech.
Brussels’ identity is based on its hyper-diversity: citizens of 184 countries live in Brussels, among which 54 African countries, and we are not even counting people of African origins.
Bruxelles/Africapitales is way of opening a dialogue, on a small scale, between Africa and the diaspora in Brussels, whose ambitions and challenges coincide or diverge. We have curated a three-week programme of shows, screenings, debates and participation with a series of African and Brussels artists. We will invite the Brussels communities to join for a series workshops that will lead to the creation of artworks that will populate Les Halles over the course of the season.
Bruxelles/Africapitales is a collaboration between a wide range of partners: Cocof, Ministère de la Promotion de Bruxelles, Wallonie-Bruxelles International, Africalia, Cités and Gouvernements Locaux Unis d’Afrique, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, Sens Interdits, Fondation Montresso, and Capitales Africaines de la Culture, among others. The full programme will be revealed in June, but here are already a few highlights.