Afrika Eye announces dance, theatre, photography and music events alongside its film lineup

Afrika Eye returns to Bristol from November 7 for an 11-day celebration of African cinema and culture.

Along with the mix of new and classic films for which the festival is best known, the program celebrates a rich array of street art, spoken word, dance, theatre, music, food and photography in venues through the city.

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Zimbabwean dancer and choreographer Barwen Tavaziva will present Khaya boyhis powerful new work fusing ballet and contemporary styles with African dance, all set to a soundscape of music and spoken word.

Tavaziva will also lead a participatory workshop aimed at inspiring new audiences through the discovery of modern African dance.

Bawren Tavaziva – photo: Jevan Chowdhury

Boy’s Khaya is in Arnolfini on November 17 at 7:30 p.m. (doors 7 p.m.).


Curated by Cynthia Sitei of Ffotgallery, Cardiff, the photographic exhibition More than a number will showcase the work of emerging photographers from across Africa. The collection will conclude with a photo symposium at Trinity Arts on November 15.

The wheel of life, Casablanca, 2017 – photo: Yoriyas Yassine Alaoui

Ballet in Kibera – photo: Sarah Waiswa

More Than A Number is at The Graffiti Room, Trinity Arts Center from November 7-15 (times vary).


Telling his own story as a member of Zimbabwe’s ‘born free’ generation, writer and actor Tonderai Munyevu stars in his acclaimed play Mugabe, my father and me. Following his emigration to England, Munyevu’s story is one of enormous political upheaval and personal transition. The traditional music comes from the Shona cultural artist, Millicent Chapanda.

Mugabe, My Father and I is at The Wardrobe Theater on November 16 at 7:30 p.m.

music and food

On the opening night of the festival, Harare – led by Zimbabwean musician Kuda Matimba (ex Bhundu Boys) – will be in the Watershed cafe mixing marimba, mbira and plunging basslines to create irresistible beats and uplifting songs, performed in the Shona language of Zimbabwe.

Kuda Matimba – photo: courtesy of Afrika Eye

Harare ft. Kuda Matimba is at the Watershed coffee bar on November 11 around 10 p.m.

Before a screening of the hailed Somali film The Gravedigger’s Wifea festive evening at Windmill Hill City Farm will kick off with Somali food and music from the oud duo ‘Nabra’.

A Somali celebration will take place at Windmill Hill City Farm on November 14 at 7 p.m.

A taste of South Africa promises to be a unique evening of cooking, conversation and music, hosted by musician and singer Sisanda Myataza at the Coexist Community Kitchen in Easton. The evening will pay tribute to Miriam Makeba, singer, actress and South African civil rights activist.

Sisanda Myataza – photo: courtesy of Afrika Eye

A Taste of South Afrika is at Coexist on November 10 at 7 p.m.

Annie Menter, festival director, is delighted with what awaits us for the 16th edition of the festival: “We are back with a packed program with films, dance, music, food, panel discussions and a superb exhibition of photographs,” she says.

“Artists from across Africa and the Diaspora bring extraordinary ideas, creative ideas and projects, which broaden and enrich our knowledge of a continent that for centuries has been part of our common histories without ever having an equal voice. .”

Afrika Eye runs from November 7-17; times and locations vary. For the full film and event schedule and all ticket information, visit or follow @AfrikaEyeFest on Insta.

Main photo: Courtesy of Afrika Eye (Boy’s Khaya, by Barwen Tavaziva)

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