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Afropolitan – Afrodiaspora in Transit in Out of the Dark Night

DIDI

ALKANARA - Afropolitan – Afrodiaspora in Transit in Out of the Dark Night - ©
  • 25.11 2022
  • Parties
  • Arroz Estúdios
  • Free entry for Arroz Estúdios menbers. Non-members can join the Arroz Estúdios Membership at the door of the event for 3€ (annual fee).
  • 23H - 5H

A queerative intervention by DIDI to celebrate Afrodiasporic artistic expression, through the medium of a party and the history of artistic and cultural representations including images, sounds, tastes, wisdom and traditions.

Afropolitan is Africa as a meeting point of different migratory movements. “By maintaining their ancestral cultures, the symbolic territories that the Afrodiaspora travels through become centres for African (re)existence – a locus of combat against the global societal (cis)tem grounded in Eurocentric colonialism – or, otherwise, they promote the expansion of the idea of the African diaspora throughout the world.” (MBEMBE, 2018)

“AFROPOLITAN – The Party – Afrodiaspora in Transit” aims to reaffirm and propagate the theme of Afrodiasporic identities in contemporary European territories. It is part of a strategy of Black artivism, in which artistic expression contributes to the fight for the political and cultural emancipation of Black people and people of African descent in the territories of the Afrodiaspora.

Emancipatory struggles, conducted through the lens of recognition and affirmation of identity, are fundamental to the strengthening of the body-existence of people of African descent. These struggles take place in spaces of collective and ritual artistic expression, such as the temples of the candomblé or quilombo, and include: samba, afoxés, bailes funk, kizomba, funana, kuduro, afro house, Azonto Afrobeat, hip hop battles and the ballroom community, among others.

These sociocultural and artistic knowledges/activities have shown and continue to show potential for thinking through identity in globalised times. Their primordial function is to encourage the development of an ethical, questioning conscience within a reality that is masked, silenced or relativised in most spaces of sociocultural, educational and political training and practice.


DIDI


To make Afropolitana with them, DIDI invited the artists antonyo omolu, Batukaderas Bandeirinha da Boba, Danykas DJ, Indi Mateta, Petra.Preta and ROD.

PROGRAM

Início - DIDI
23:00 - 23:30

Batukaderas Bandeirinha da Boba
23:30 -00:15

Antonyo Omolu - performance
00:15 - 0:30

Indi Mateta
00:30 -02:00

Danykas DJ
02:00- 03:45

DIDI
3:45 - 5:00

Didi

Di Candido aka DIDI is an afroqueer body in transit between Brazil, UK and Portugal, working, persisting and resisting through the mediums of research, cultural production and performance as a DJ, singer, and visual/multidisciplinary artist. Founder of the creative unit/party Bee, The United Kingdom of Beeshas (bee_lx) at Damas, as one of the first parties which brought #blackqueermagic to the centre of Lisbon. DIDI moves in connection with collectives, artists and makers from all of the diaspora, in cultural projects and creative industries. Also in the production...

Batukaderas Bandeirinha da Boba

Based in Casal de São Braz in the council of Amadora in Lisbon, the batucada group Bandeirinha was formed in 2016 by a group of female domestic workers from Cape Verde, with the aim of building an intimate space for exchange through batucada. This Cape Verdean cultural genre is profoundly influenced by the methodology of Griot oral tradition, where words are sung, danced and performed through Cape Verdean language. The group creates its space as a territory of “respiration” where each member can address the problems of their working life, giving their bodies the...

Antonyo Omolu

Hybrid artist who navigates through the waters of theatrical anthropology and who, as a practical-reflexive-theoretical researcher in this practice, introduces himself as an actor-dancer – a definition coined by Eugênio Barba to delineate the profile of the artist who investigates and practices the pre-expressive behaviour of the human being in a situation of organized representation: in Brazil he has experience in contemporary dance, theatre, Afro-Brazilian dance (dance of the orixás), scenic groups from Afro-Brazilian popular culture, such as the congada from...

Danykas DJ

Danykas DJ was born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal. The love of music has been a constant in her life, a feeling she has known since her earliest years at home. Her musical spirit was cultivated by her mother and father, who, in her own words, are an entire encyclopaedia of African, Arab, Latin and Portuguese music. Her musical luggage is thus always packed ready for voyages without borders. This shared family love for music led to her first interest in the world of DJing, at 11 years old, when she witnessed the parties thrown by the group ‘BlackProject, created by...

Indi Mateta

Indi Mateta is a multidisciplinary artist born, raised and now living in Luanda. She is a visual artist, music enthusiast and a fan of music festivals — one of those people who fall asleep listening to music and wake up singing. An unexpected turn of events in 2017 saw her first experience as a selector, since when she has dedicated herself increasingly to DJing as another artistic expression of her Black African identity. Her multifaceted DJ sets are full of African and Afrodiasporic rhythms from various eras, ranging in intensity and danceability depending on the...

Rodrigo Saturnino

Rodrigo Ribeiro Saturnino, aka ROD é Artista Visual, Doutor em Sociologia e Investigador Pós-Doc em Comunicação na Universidade do Minho. Desenvolve uma pesquisa sobre a economia da partilha e o racismo algorítmico através de plataformas digitais. Como artista queer negro e imigrante em Lisboa, utiliza o desenho, ilustração, pintura e arte de rua com foco no homoerotismo, na sexualidade e nos processos coloniais de produção de um corpo negro como chaves críticas para questionar algumas idealizações erradas em torno de uma masculinidade heteronormativa. É...

Sara Graça aka Petra.Preta.

With a degree in theatre from ESTC, she is a pluridisplinary artist and art educator. From her place of speech, she questions issues of identity and social systems and the power relations that operate as an inheritance from a colonial past. Besides her artistic work, she is co-creator of Invisible Stories, an educational project, supported by CMA, which aims to reflect on the concepts of Identity, Historical Memory and Human Rights through the Arts. She expresses herself mainly in the techniques of painting, illustration, performance and writing, although the form of...

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