19:30 - 23:59
Exerzierstr. 14, 13357 Berlin
Admission is free - donations are encouraged
** This event is part of ISUSU Pan-African Festival 2019 · Black to the Future **
► Festival Grand Opening
Vernissage, Poetry, Fashion Show & Live Music
FRI, Aug 16th, 2019
Start: 19:30 h
‘ISUSU’ means ‘us’ in Shona. This festival aims to bring us together as Africans* (diaspora) to celebrate ourselves while shedding lights on an intersectional, sustainable and queer Africa. ✨
To launch our first edition of ISUSU Pan African festival, we start the ignition with an Afrofuturistic weekender. Expect cinematically-charged music, visual art, performances, Afrofuturistic and Afropresent short films, an open celebration of fashion as a medium for storytelling and a heart-warming African pop-up brunch. On our trip to black the future, we will also host workshops by keynote speakers. ✨
✨ · ABOUT THE GRAND OPENING ·
Come and enjoy art, music and spoken word while sipping on some complementary Sekt. be’kech will host four exceptional visual artists whose work will be exhibited all throughout the festival. Expect a ground-shaking performance from Thierno Diallo where he will tell a story connected to the color material indigo and the west African cotton, while introducing WearFula‘s traditionally handcrafted fabrics. In addition, we are proud to welcome and showcase the works of Tewa Barnosa & M. Tidou – Photographer. With afro-networking at its core, we will also showcase spoken word artists and music performances by talents such as Amora Bosco, Shannon Sea, Trovania and DJ Chabela. ✨
*Scroll down for participant bios and for more information on the schedule, donations and accessibility of be’kech. Looking forward to welcoming you all!*
► FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY
Shannon Sea is an American composer, sound artist, and writer, based in New York and Berlin. Her classical compositions are deeply influenced by the avant-garde aesthetic and her Afro-Caribbean roots; and she seeks to create sound worlds that fuse together acoustic and electronic means of expression. She releases her debut composition, “Elisa’s Theme,” this fall.
· TRVΛNIΛ’s Ink ·
T R V Λ N I Λ is a multilingual haitian poet, performer and social worker, currently based in Berlin. Her connection to writing helps her give a voice to her inner-chaos, reflect on the societies in which she finds herself by navigating and playing with ideas of identity, vulnerability and sexuality. She is also a co-founder of Poet & Prophetess , a Berlin-London based collective seeking to promote and create a platform for writers/artists of color.
· DJ Chabela ·
Abidjan-based Chabela (real name Isabelle Guipro) is the powerhouse behind the rising electronic music scene in Côte d’Ivoire. Her mission-resembling passion for mixing African traditional repertoire with House and Deep House has led her to DJ from the main electronic music events in West Africa,
to underground festivals in Europe. As a promoter, she is known in the country for increasing the army of fine electronic music lovers through the creation of various concept-based events.
· Amora Bosco ·
Amora Bosco is a spoken word Performer and Life Skills Facilitator based in Berlin, Germany. Her mission is to bring about positive change in the lives of African and African diasporic women in Europe, dealing with issues like social justice, health and education by means of performance poetry. She is giving underprivileged Black women a voice so their problems become known. She is creating a safe space for them in order to talk freely and openly. She teaches young Black girls how to relate to one another and creates dynamic opportunities for them to live up to their full potential. Amora is the pioneer of Poetry_lab a creative writing mentoring Program Growing up in Mombasa’s thriving hip hop scene Bosco performed, recorded music, and cofounded an artist network and event management organisation focused on promoting Kenyan hip hop acts. Bosco facilitates Workshops on a range of topics.
· Thierno Diallo with WearFula ·
Thierno was born in Conakry, Guinea and raised in Villingen, South Germany. He studied Architecture and urban Planning in Stuttgart, and travelled to 12 countries in Africa while working as architect. He also founded WearFula, a Start Up that aims to maintain African culture by combining handcrafted traditional fabrics and pattern with a modern twist. These African fabrics represent an alternative to the colonial waxprint. WearFula fabrics are part of a long-standing tradition based around myths of the Fula people, therefore wearing it requires more than love for fashion – it requires attitude.
Every WearFula client takes part in the creating process by choosing their style, material and design according to their fitted size. The unique pieces are created in a sustainable manner through tailored fashion and original material out of 100% organic cotton. WearFula engages with young African tailors only as the aim to create a platform that enables African newcomers to show off their skills and roots. WearFula‘s goal is to bridge the gap between culture, identity, politics and even architecture.
► FEATURING VISUAL ART BY ✨
· Tewa Barnosa · Variant Space
Barnosa’s work is focused on the use of Tifinagh alphabet, the original language of North African countries, The language is widely used in Morocco, Algeria, and Libya, also in some villages in Tunis and Egypt. However, the Tamazight race and culture was denied in the Libyan social fabric until the revolution of 2011, the tamazight roots in Libya spreads over the cost, the nafusa mountains and the desert. Barnosa used this poem by the Libyan poet Saied Sifaw who was assassinated by the former regime, spoke out and wrote about the struggle of identity and belonging, and how the leaders want to obress it and deny its existence.
Médine is a French-Ivorian photographer based in Berlin. She started photography eight years ago with a Canon Powershot holding on to the saying that “The camera doesn’t make the photographer”. Scanning the photographs of her heroes Henry-Cartier Bresson, Diane Arbus, Josef Koudelka, Médine learnt to sense moments few seconds ahead.
· Selflovetribute ·
Selflovetribute is an African/French Queerfeminist visual and audio artist based in Berlin. Her work primarily focuses on portraiture, performance, and documentation through which Self Love Tribute explores the varying nuances of intersectional identity, gender, intimacy and vulnerability within womxn, communities of color, LGBTQIA+ communities and especially the intersectionality of those.
► DONATIONS ✨
This event is free to attend and open to all – donations are strongly recommended, as all proceeds will be going towards the artists.
be’kech [anticafé · coworking space · bar] Exerzierstr. 14
13357 Berlin- Wedding
(U8 + U9/ Pankstr., Osloer Str.)
· HOUSE RULES ·
We have no place for sexism, queerphobia, transphobia, any form of racism or discrimination such as anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish racism, and any sort of violent or aggressive behaviour. be’kech is a safe space for all, an open forum for dialogue, criticism and a place where we stand up for each other. If someone/something is bothering you, please approach a member of staff who are here to help!
· ACCESSIBILITY ·
There are three steps to enter be’kech and the bathrooms are on the lower level. Regrettably, the bathrooms are inaccessible for wheelchair users due to the design of the building.
Whilst the bathrooms are gendered by law, we encourage guests to use whichever facilities they identify with. Bathroom policing will not be tolerated.
· LINKS ·
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