African culture: events in October 2022

In Yaoundé, Brussels, Paris, Stockholm, London, Saint-Étienne, Lahou-Kpanda, Gennevilliers, Hamburg, Pittsburgh, Lyon or Ouagadougou, indoors or outdoors, here are eighteen meetings of African culture not to be missed. miss in this month of October. Don’t hesitate to send us your next “must-see” cultural events at

From October 1 to 8, the Ecrans Noirs festival takes place in Yaoundé. The 26 edition is held at the National Museum and the Palais des Congrès in the Cameroonian capital, with a decentralization in Douala from November 2 to 4, 2022. This year, this meeting between the general public, actors, directors, technicians and producers of films has as its theme “Cinema: a total art” and will also be accompanied by the international film market of Central Africa. The 28 films in the Central African Fiction feature category come from Cameroon, Gabon, DRC and Congo-Brazzaville.

On October 3, the Belgian cultural center Bozar in Brussels presents within the framework of Afropolitan Forum the first of the Gestures of Saint-Louis, a Belgian film without dialogue whose only components are dance, the sounds of the city of Saint-Louis (Senegal) and music. This production is the result of a collaboration between the Senegalese contemporary dance company Diagn’art and the Belgian and Swiss artists Kita Bauchet and Stéphanie Pfister. The screening of the film will be preceded by the contemporary dance performance Siki by the performer Alioune Diagne, choreographer and self-taught dancer who lives and works in Saint-Louis.

From October 3, the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris will introduce us to the New Orleans Black Indians. On the program of this exceptional exhibition: dazzling costumes, jerky rhythms and sung jousts. A tribute to the extraordinary creativity of African-Americans in Louisiana through the parades of Black Indians. When the memory of slave ancestors intersects with that of Native American communities.

On October 6, the Swedish Academy will award the Nobel Prize for Literature. In 2021, the Tanzanian writer Abdulrazak Gurnah became in 2021, after the Nigerian Wole Soyinka in 1986, the second writer from black Africa to have received the most prestigious literary prize in the world. Who will be his successor in 2022?

Pauline and her daughter in front of the library. “Ciel de saison”, portfolio by Baudouin Mouanda, winner of the 2022 Roger Pic award. © Baudouin Mouanda

To What End. The Center for the Less Good Idea is an interdisciplinary arts incubation space based in Maboneng, Johannesburg. From October 6 to 9, this center created by William Kentridge presents for the first time at the Barbican Center in London six performances created by thirteen South African artists. The program features a captivating female choir, rhythmic dances, solos using multimedia to explore themes of social and political change in South Africa.

As part of his exhibition Globalistothe MAMC+ in Saint-Étienne invites on October 6 and 7 to an international symposium on Art and (de)colonization. How to create a new philosophy? How to (de)colonize society? How does art shed light on these debates, undo official discourse and offer other readings of the world? As the world continues its (de)colonization, a new philosophy emerges, inspired by post-apartheid transitionalism and the humanist principles of Botho, based on the South African culture of respect. The philosophy of Globalisto is a call to radical hospitality, to the idea of ​​a world without borders.

On October 8, the Belgian culture center Bozar will show, within the framework of the Afropolitan Forum, the premiere of Taamaden. Malian filmmaker Seydou Cissé accompanies three men, originally from West Africa, during their crossing of the Mediterranean. Every day, these young people perform rituals, pray and listen to the advice of the marabout through their smartphone. A dive into the universe of African spirituality at the time of new technologies.

On October 12, Aya, the “ first movie heroine avikam “. Belgian director Simon Coulibaly Gillard takes us to Lahou-Kpanda, a small peninsula being swallowed up by the sea. The film tells the story of a 14-year-old girl who experiences the disappearance of her paradise off from Ivory Coast. It is both a portrait of the dangers of climate change and of a girl coming of age.

A street vendor of medicines under the yoke of rainwater.
A street vendor of medicines under the yoke of rainwater. “Ciel de saison”, portfolio by Baudouin Mouanda, winner of the 2022 Roger Pic award. © Baudouin Mouanda

From October 13, the winner of the Roger Pic 2022 prize is exhibiting his works at the Galerie de la Scam, in Paris, in partnership with Fisheye magazine. Congolese photographer, member of Afrique in visu, Baudouin Mouanda lives and works in Brazzaville. His work on the history and repeated wars of his country has already been rewarded several times, for example at the Rencontres de Bamako. His portfolio seasonal sky is distinguished by its style which questions and documents reality and its disasters in a different way with humanity, singularity and humour: “ This project was born from the bad weather due to climate change that Africa has experienced in recent years. This series was produced according to real events, during the floods suffered by many families in Brazzaville, in the Republic of Congo, in the midst of a period of confinement. These photographs remind everyone of the need to preserve and respect the environment, under penalty of natural reprisals. »

From October 13 to 16, the Contemporary African Art Fair 1-54 celebrates its 10th anniversary in London. 50 international exhibitors from 21 countries will be present at Somerset House. 16 galleries are from the African continent. The Senegalese gallery Selebe Yoon from Dakar is among the newcomers to the fair. The Ivorian Gallery Gazelle Guirandou d’Abidjan will present the work of Ange Dakouo and Pedro Pires.

From October 20 to December 4, photographer Pascal Maitre exhibits his photographs on the Fulani of the Sahel at the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris. The winner of the last edition of the Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière Photography Prize has been working on this adventure for two years, crossing Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Benin.

From October 20 to 22, the National Museum of the History of Immigration in Paris is hosting a very large-scale international symposium. At the heart of this meeting entitled Sharing museums / Shared museumsthe challenges faced by migration museums, the issues of diversity and the implications of restitutions will be discussed.

The choreographer Bintou Dembélé presents from October 20 to 22 at the Théâtre de Gennevilliers her piece Rite of passage – solo II, designed for dancer Michel “Meech” Onomo. Nourished by hip-hop before evolving towards a transdisciplinary aesthetic, Dembélé questions here, among other things, the existence of a “marronne” dance. ” If marooning has historically qualified the escape of African slaves far from the masters who kept them in captivity, the term has come to designate, in art, the conquest of a space of freedom in the face of the constraints imposed by a system “.

Moukarata and her two children observe the clouds in the courtyard flooded with rainwater.
Moukarata and her two children observe the clouds in the courtyard flooded with rainwater. “Ciel de saison”, portfolio by Baudouin Mouanda, winner of the 2022 Roger Pic award. © Baudouin Mouanda

From October 21 to 23, the 7th edition ofAKAA. The main fair dedicated to the artistic scenes of Africa and its diasporas in France brings together 38 international galleries under the glass roofs of the Carreau du Temple in the heart of Paris. An invitation to discover artists who claim a link in their practice to the African continent.

The paintings of Yannick Akah will be exhibited until November 20 under the title The Poetry of Existence at Galerie Melbye-Konan, Hamburg, Germany. The work of this emerging Ivorian artist is rooted in the visual cultures of Africa, enriched by very diverse materials such as paper, newspaper articles or fabrics bringing in aspects of everyday life and pop culture.

Is it morning for you yet? is called the 54th International Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. Created in 1896, it takes place every three or four years. It is the oldest international art exhibition in North America. This year, it presents until April 2, among others, the work of Sanaa Gateja. The Ugandan artist, born in 1950, lives in Kampala and dedicates his work to communities, materials and traditions. He is known for incorporating recycled man-made waste into his practice, especially for his beads made from discarded paper, which earned him the nickname “King of Beads” in Uganda.

Listen to the voices of the rivers. On October 27, echoing the temporary exhibition We the rivers, the Musée des Confluences in Lyon, in partnership with Initiatives for the Future of the Great Rivers (IAGF), Erik Orsenna of the French Academy, and several experts and artists, offers universal advocacy for rivers in the form of a conference-projection . The event takes us from the Rhône to the Saint-Laurent and the Senegal River in order to alert us to the fundamental role of rivers and the imperative need to protect them.

From October 29 until November 5 the Recreatrales in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, invite us to meet under the theme “ make face », title borrowed from the novel Silence of the choir of the Senegalese writer and prize Goncourt Mohamed Sarr. The 12th edition of the Pan-African Resistances of writing, creation and theatrical research marks at the same time the 20th anniversary of this pioneering theatrical adventure on the African continent. Creations from more than fifteen countries in Africa and elsewhere are expected.

African culture: events in October 2022