Afro-Consciousness Festival 2022

SEPTEMBER 9 AND 10, 2022
Festival Afroconciencia

The Conciencia-Afro (Afro-Consciousness) Festival provides a space for meeting, affectivity and thinking for the Afro community in Spain. The event combines politics, aesthetics, music, entrepreneurship and pedagogics in which all the agents involved and the organizers are members of the Afro community resident in Spain.

Following previous editions of the event, held at the Matadero cultural centre, this year the festival will be held across multiple venues and will be prolonged over a longer period of time.

This year, events are scheduled for CA2M in Móstoles, on 9 and 10 September; at Matadero cultural centre in Madrid on 17 and 18 September; at the new Espacio Afro cultural centre on 23, 24 and 25 September; and, finally, at Teatro Buero Vallejo in Alcorcón on 1 and 2 October.

In previous years, the Conciencia-Afro team endeavoured to build a festival from a grand overarching idea. The cathartic first year revolved around the idea of ‘Negritude’. The following years were constructed around ideas of ‘Community’, ‘History’, ‘Thinking’ and 'Re-encounter and Future'.

The festival in 2022, in multiple venues and prolonged in time, strikes us as an opportunity to generate ‘Decentralized Dialogues’: a festival that will enable us to forge new bonds around the Afro.

PROGRAMME

Friday 9 September

5:00-6:30 pm Rap workshop for young people with Terry Mbá

7:00-8:30 pm Roundtable on the History of Hip Hop music on the outskirts of Madrid with Ana Mayúscula, El Chojin and Frank T. Moderated by Lucía Mbomío

Saturday 10 September

10:00 am -2:00 pm Creative writing workshop with Marisa Mañana

4:30-5:30 pm Afrosesión dance workshop with Quinndy

5:45-7:00 pm Copy and Error. On Creativity, workshop with Rubén H. Bermúdez

7:30-8:30 pm Roof terrace concerts: Megane, Navxja

Afro-Consciousness Festival. Friday 9 September

5:00 pm – Rap workshop for young people with Terry Mbá

This workshop explores rap techniques for freestyle, improvisation and rhyming over instrumentals.

Terry Mba currently runs the rap workshops for the Trama association.

7:00 pm – Roundtable on the History of hip hop music on the outskirts of Madrid

with Ana Mayúscula, El Chojin and Frank T. Moderated by Lucía Mbomío

Hip hop culture provided a shared identity on the outskirts of big cities where migrants from different parts of Spain settled. These outlying neighbourhoods and towns, surrounding major cities, were conscious that everything outside the city centre was left to its own devices. The need to tell their own stories about what was happening to them led them to rhyme their stories and to graffiti them on its walls.

Franklin Tshimini Nsombolay, known artistically as Frank T, is a Spanish rapper

Domingo Antonio Edjang Moreno, better known as El Chojin, is a Spanish rapper and composer

Ana Bibang, aka Ana Mayúscula, is a legal consultant specialized in hip hop culture and the rap music industry in Spanish; she is currently an advisor on Immigration and International Mobility.

Lucía Mbomío is a Spanish journalist. She is currently a reporter for the RTVE program Aquí la Tierra and collaborates with various different media.

AFRO-CONSCIOUSNESS FESTIVAL. 10 September

10:00 am – Creative writing workshop with Marisa Mañana

A didactic and practical writing workshop on the construction of characters for storytelling. All those who take part in the workshop will leave with a text at the end.

Marisa Mañana graduated with a BA in Spanish Studies and currently divides her time between story writing and teaching.

4:30 - 8:30 pm AfroMarket

A market place selling products from African and Afro-descendent culture.

4:30 pm - Afrosesión dance workshop with Quinndy

The goal of the Afrosesión project is to promote and highlight African cultures and their histories through different dances existing in Africa, as well as physical activity in Spain.

Quinndy is a dancer and choreographer in Afrobeats, who also works as a nurse and considers herself an Afro-activist.

5:45 pm- Copy and Error. On Creativity, workshop with Rubén H. Bermúdez

An intensive workshop in which Rubén will pass on some of the keys to bringing a creative project to a successful conclusion. From the initial idea all the way through to distribution.

Rubén H. Bermúdez has written the book Y tú, ¿por qué eres negro? and has directed the film A todos nos gusta el plátano.

7:30 pm – Roof terrace concerts

Navxja

Navxja is a music project by the multidisciplinary artist from Madrid who speaks about heartbreak, vulnerability and their experiences with dreamy sounds, lots of reverb and a powerful voice.

Megane

Megane Mercury, or simply Megane, is a multidisciplinary artist from Leganés. You never know what they are going to come up with next.

 

Type of activity
Otras
Intended for
Anyone interested
Dates
SEPTEMBER 9 AND 10
Afro-Consciousness Festival. Friday 9 September
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AFRO-CONSCIOUSNESS FESTIVAL. 10 September
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