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Voice4Thought festival 2016: ‘People in Motion’

Wednesday 21 September 2016 - Sunday 25 September 2016

After last year’s successful edition Voice4Thought is back with its second annual festival. This year’s theme is People in Motion: we are all migrant, refugee, or traveller. Artists, journalists and scientists will all contribute to the festival in which many different disciplines will be represented and combined: music and text, film, modern dance, visual arts, workshops and debates. 

Festive opening

On Wednesday September 21st, 15.00 hr, the festival will kick-off with a festive opening and a dance performance: “Onderstroom”. This dance performance has been made especially for the festival and is based on its principal theme: “People in Motion”. The dance, choreographed by Ita de Hes, will be performed in the gorgeous setting of the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden. Joumana El Zein Khoury, director of the Prince Claus Fund will open the festival.

Movie night

Thursday will be movie night, organised by the African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL). The eye-opening film ‘Stranded in Canton’ will be accompanied by Lieve Joris, who will be reading some lines from her book ‘On the wings of the dragon’. ‘Stranded in Canton’ is a revealing and funny film about a Congolese businessman whose business in T-shirts gets some delay through which he strands in Guangzhou. The Swedish filmmaker and photographer Mans Mansson uses this tragicomedy and fictional story to showcase the new relations between China and Africa. Africans are heading to China in great numbers to try and build a new life in Southeast Asia. But, the Chinese live by their expression: “Fool the businessman, but don’t kill him”.      

Panel discussion

“People in Motion” refers to many debates in our society. Are refugees welcome or not? In this V4T debate, ‘people in motion’ will be at the centre of the discussion and will join themselves. How can they contribute to the world? And how does the forced movement of people affect them? Why is there so much misunderstanding? The individual stories will give us a beautiful, if sometimes sad, outlook on an alternative explanation of the reasons of motion, and the will of the people in motion to contribute to the world. We will also pay a lot of attention to this. Marina Diboma, head of external relations and international cooperation of the Dutch-African Business Council (NBAC) will lead the debate. She will engage in discussion with, amongst others, Dr. Irial Glynn (migration historian, LU), Abdoul-Aziz Koné (artist, Mali), Aminata Bamba (human rights specialist, Ivory Coast), Habtom Johannes (journalist, refugee from Ethiopia), K’nowledge (artist, rapper, opinion maker, diaspora Ghana, Rotterdam), and Rana (refugee, Yemen).

Voice4Thought project

V4T is an artistic – academic project with inspiring voices from all over the world. Voices that give us a different view on our world. Their stories are of crisis and misery, but of power and change!

Programme and more information

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