22 June 2018
Africa takes the floor this summer in Benicàssim. For seven days, the history, cultures and the voices that make the continent vibrate will guide the frenetic activity in African Village. Little Africa emerges, once again, in our festival venue.
The daytime programming will start every day in Abha (House of the Word in Guinean). From 16:00 to 18:00, talks and debates on various subjects have been programmed in close collaboration with the Afro-descendant collective United Minds. The Spanish-Guinean journalist Lucía Mbomio (Aquí la Tierra of TVE) will discuss how to speak of culture from the experience of the Afro-descendant collective. She will do so in the talk Culture in Resistance (August 17). Mbomio will also participate in the round table References. Life Stories, which will take place on August 18, with the MP, from the Podemos party, Rita Bosaho, of Guinean origin; the Senegalese YouTuber Thimbo Samb; and the one known as the griot of the 21st century César Brandon, writer, poet and winner of Spanish television’s Got Talent. Feminism from the perspective of black women will share their dual struggle in the demand for equal rights. It will take place on Sunday 19 and will feature the voices of Ángela Nzambi, writer and social technician in the area of awareness building and political campaigning for the Spanish Commission for Refugee Aid (CEAR) Valencia; the LGTBI specialist Esther Makoyo and the dancer Makady DHQ.
The Senegalese writer and activist Mamadou Dia will present the project Def’Art Jotna implemented in Gandiol, in the north of the country on August 20 in Abha. It represents a laboratory for community development and citizen participation to empower the younger population through tools such as their own radio station or a film school. The last day of the festival, on the 22nd, will be dedicated to the projects present in African Village, promoted by collectives such as United Minds, the Popular Union of Street Vendors in Barcelona, Afro-conscience Space, Bissap, Africa Adoolu, Diomcoop and the social travel agency Tamalatravel.
Top manta: fashion as an engine of change
Fashion as an engine of change will focus on another of the week’s most anticipated events. On August 21, strutting their stuff on the catwalk of the African Village will be of two of the projects linked to the Top manta: Diomcoop with the Diambaar brand and the aforementioned union from Barcelona with its Top Manta brand. Bissap, the traditional African fashion tailor shop in Valencia, will join them.