Africadelic is an Amsterdam-based platform and festival that promotes African and African diasporic cultural creativity, diversity and activism in the Netherlands and beyond through music, film and other performing arts.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Africadelic is an annual festival on and around International Africa Day (May 25) celebrating African cultural creativity, diversity and activism. Africadelic is an ode to the African continent and its worldwide diaspora, and features a showcase of the cultural riches and the impacts that Afrodescendants, people of African descent, have on global culture and society.
The festival’s programme mainly focuses on artistic expression and social critique through music, film and oher performing arts. In addition, Africadelic always casts a critical eye on the state of the continent in the form of talks. At our festival artists, activists and other changemakers come and talk about the various historic and current issues at play on the continent and in the diaspora.
In particular, with our festival we want to discuss the Afrodescendant experience of (de)colonization, racial (in)equality and (anti-)racism – and place this experience in the historical context, happening present and hopeful future. One of the main missions of the Africadelic Festival is to raise awareness about the colonial past and to challenge inequality, exclusion and racism in contemporary Dutch and global society.
Through a week full of music, film, other performaing arts, talks and discussions, we aim to contribute to healing, empowerment and joy for Afrodescendants in the Netherlands and beyond.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
Otiniel da Silva aka Mano is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Africadelic. He is a socio-cultural activist, cultural producer and programmer who divides his time with his creative agency Mano a Mano produces between Amsterdam and Luanda, the capital of his native Angola. Mano is also special programmer of Paradiso and Ticket to the Tropics in particular.
Mano has been organizing the annual Africadelic Festival in Amsterdam since 2016, and in 2020 Africadelic was officially founded as a non-profit organization together with a team of like-minded people. Besides Mano, Africadelic consists of Co-Founder and Managing Director Emiel Martens, Project Manager Amandla Awethu!, and a six-strong Board: Kayode Gomes (Chair), Marlouze Vooijs (Secretary), Mayomona Dombele Jone Lunda (Treasurer), Ama van Danzig, Eunice Jones and Adriaan Kauffman.