Africa in 2020: Art & Activism

ACROSS AFRICA and the world, contemporary African creatives are taking up increasingly prominent – and political – positions. African artists and cultural producers have propelled a global boom in music, film, fashion and contemporary art, driving social change and shifting narratives both at home and abroad.

Our Africa in 2020 flagship event will explore what it means to be an artist and an activist in Africa today. How do creatives respond to political contexts, especially those operating under oppressive regimes? How do they create their own models and ways of organising? What insights can artists share that others cannot? And what will be the major themes that dominate the coming year and decade?

This event is delivered in partnership with the British Council.

London: January 28, 18:30 – 20:00, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, 10 Thornhaugh St, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0XG

Edinburgh: January 29, 17:30 – 19:30, Edinburgh University, Debating Hall, Third Floor, Teviot Row House, Bristo Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9AL

Boitumelo ‘Tumy’ Motsoatsoe – Head of Programmes, Business and Arts, BASA, South Africa
Makhtar Fall AKA Xumman, Musician/Broadcaster 
Valerie Asiimwe Amani, Artist/Curator  
Ahmed El Attar, Theatre Director, Playwright and Cultural Manager 

London Tickets: £6 / £10 / Free for RAS members 

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