AN AFROPOLITAN HUB IN BRUSSELS
BOZAR is a unique, continuous, multidisciplinary platform in the heart of Europe, presenting exhibitions, debates, lectures, performances, events, and publications around art, architecture, design, fashion, literature, music, theatre, and film.
BOZAR’s AFROPOLITAN initiative is a platform for the ebullient creativity of young Afropolitan artists who bridge continents, cultures and influences, creating new artistic forms and discourses. It aims to present the best of contemporary artistic creations linked to Africa and its Diaspora in Europe, to engage the mind, mix audiences, and open up perspectives to a new image of Africa, and the Africa Next Narratives at play. It is built with institutional and independent partners and articulated as:
• AFROPOLITAN CHRONICLES - annual encounters for exchange, debates, film, networking;
• AFROPOLITAN FESTIVAL - biannual multidisciplinary festival
• AFROPOLITAN HUB - a physical and virtual meeting and showcase space
• EXHIBITIONS & CONCERTS
BOZAR strives to:
• Highlight the contemporary creativity of the African Continent and Diaspora for audiences in Belgium and Europe, in line with its international mission to promote cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue;
• Include African voices in today’s global societal and cultural discourses;
• Support collaborations between north African and sub-Saharan artists;
• Offer a platform for the Continent’s next narratives and its players.
BOZAR relies on its ongoing partnership with the ROYAL MUSEUM FOR CENTRAL AFRICA, generating exhibitions which place heritage and collections in dialogue with contemporary art and society. BOZAR also developed an extensive network of both renowned and younger African curators, contemporary art centres, artists, activists, urbanists, architects, leaders and thinkers; and privileged partnerships with Belgian, European, and international agencies, foundations and NGO’s.
A team of dedicated individuals work within BOZAR’s artistic departments and with external partners to create programmes that are transversal in nature. Their combined expertise lies in economics, international relations, music, cultural cooperation, cultural heritage, journalism, cultural policy, architecture, urbanism, scenography, art history;.
Kathleen Louw (US/Belgium)
Ayoko Mensah (Togo/France)
Tony Van Der Eecken (Belgium)
Terenja van Dijk (Netherlands / Belgium)