Arts of Resistance / Festival Reclaiming the City

Arts of Resistance / Festival Reclaiming the City

‘’Music is a weapon of the future / music is the weapon of the progressives / music is the weapon of the givers of life” – Fela Kuti.

‘’If I can’t dance, it’s not my revolution’’ – Emma Goldman.


Following the successful protest music festival Studio/K co-organized with Afrogrooves in October 2019 during ADE, December 12th will see the continuation and expansion of this idea, which developed into “The Arts of Resistance”, a collaboration between Aralez, Afrogrooves and Afrispectives.


Saturday December 12 we will kick off this renewed collaboration. The evening consists of a series of performances, live music and a critical panel discussion on protest music, social activism and the role of music in community building. We will talk about current issues around gentrification and inclusion in the cultural field of big cities such as Amsterdam. Speaking and listening to a variety of revolutionary artists and social organizers, we will investigate the role of the arts to envision and build a more just society.


The discussion will be followed by a live music session. First the Afrogrooves houseband will kick off with a set, followed by the main act of tonight: Miss Catharsis, “An all-female band voicing stories by women of colour, where the personal is political”.



➠ Panel
Dorothy Blokland (moderator)
Wouter Pocornie
Ngudjal Kwame
Shishani Vranckx


➠ Performances
Dean Bowen (including screening of short film Exodus)
Miss Catharsis
Chidi Onwuka (story-teller, writer, photographer)


Tickets for the LIVE HALL you can purchase here

Tickets for the STREAMING HALL you can purchase here

More information will be announced soon.


➠ Arts of Resistance is a collaboration between Afrogrooves, Aralez & Afrispectives

➠ Aralez is a pan-decolonial network & grassroots organization based in Amsterdam.

➠ Afrogrooves is a growing community of people with a shared love of West-African music.

➠ Afrispectives is a Dutch based non-profit platform by and for people of African and Afro-Caribbean descent.


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