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Africa Day 2017 is a success!

Auckland Africa Day 2017 was a great success and a beautiful day. Thank you to everyone who made that possible. A huge thank you to our sponsors – Love Cover Protect, New Zealand African Welfare Services Trust, Creative Communities and the Lottery Grants.

A big thank you to our incredible volunteers who worked tirelessly throughout the day. We are so grateful.

Thank you to our amazing performers, the businesses, NGOs, food stall holders, the DJ and Ropu Waiata for opening the proceedings.

And thank you to all of those who turned up, supported and celebrated the day with us. We hope you had fun!

 

Photos here.

 

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Auckland Africa Day Festival 2017

The African Communities Forum Inc. is proud to host Auckland Africa Day 2017.

This year’s event is a daylong festival at Roskill Youth Zone on Saturday 27 May from 11am to 7pm.

There will be food stalls, African business stalls, information stalls, performances and children’s activities throughout the day.

This year’s theme is Africa’s responsibility for freedom, peace and unity.

Join us for a fun-filled celebration.

Watch our Save the Date video below:

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In Transit

“At the heart of this play is a very important slice of NZ history.” —Auckland Theatre Company Literary Unit

WHO: Tala Pasifika African Connection (Tala PAC)

WHAT: First ever Pasifika and African theatre production in New Zealand

WHEN: 4-13 May, 2017

WHERE: Mangere Arts Centre, Bader Drive and Orly Avenue, Mangere 2022

In Transit is a New Zealand/African play that gives voice to former refugees and migrants as they transition from everyday lives in their African homelands, and the unnatural and often perilous journeys across continents and oceans to their new homes and new lives in Aotearoa.

Based on true stories collected by Wanjiku Kiarie Sanderson (now archived at the National Library NZ – Oral History & Sound)

In Transit presents the real-life experiences of African people living in Aotearoa NZ with a thought provoking theme of intergenerational conflicts.

The play revolves around eight different characters of various backgrounds. The ensemble: actors, musicians and dancers are from Africa and Pasifika communities.

Importantly, the production presents a visual and vocal answer to the question, “What happens when African and Pacific cultures meet and fuse their theatre and performing arts traditions in a contemporary context?”

In Transit, written by Wanjiku Kiarie Sanderson, is as a tribute to the late NZ actor, Martyn Sanderson, and his life-long involvement with African theatre, and with the African communities. It was meant to be their next project after the successful production of Muntu in 2009, but Martyn passed away two days before Muntu opened. Wanjiku has spent the last seven years bringing In Transit to the stage.

She says, “The tradition of telling stories comes very naturally to many Africans, but what amazed me in the interviews, was the generosity and warmth of the interviewees when relating some of their most horrific, as well as humorous experiences, and I knew that all New Zealanders would appreciate their stories as I do.”

Director: Justine Simei-Barton

In Transit opens 4 May and runs through 13 May at Mangere Arts Centre.Tickets are now on sale: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2017/in-transit/auckland/mangere ENDS

CONTACT: Kubé Jones-Neill, Producer 021 0847 3590; Valeria Edwards, Media & Public Relations 021 775 652

 

The New Zealand African Film Festival is back!

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A character in “Ayanda” – one of the films at our 2016 AFF – used these words:

My mission is to capture what it means to be African. I feel we’ve been completely misrepresented. It’s not all civil war and kwashiorkor…It’s really understanding the vibrancy, the colour, the flair that is Africa. It’s embracing our music…our culture…our arts…sewing our own tapestry. So what I’m looking forward to doing with this story – this journey – is to answer the question:  who is the modern African?

 

This quotation serves as a perfect introduction to the essence of the 2017 edition of the African Film Festival, New Zealand.

 

So what are we offering this year? Perhaps you love the work of the great Senegalese musician, Baaba Maal. One of this year’s films provides a unique insight into the man and his music. An African take on the after-life? It’s here. How does a young woman from Niger handle the complexities of love, engagement and marriage? Come and find out! How do the problems of being Transgender look in an African context? What about the issues arising from cross-cultural relationships or from having a child living with disability? The festival tackles those topics too!  Many of the films also explore the theme of the clash between tradition and modern ideas – especially for women. How appropriate, then, that four of the films are actually directed by women. Another stereotype overturned!

We have put together a diverse, fascinating and thought-provoking range of films, but they are not interesting solely because of their themes. Lovers of the medium will be impressed, also, by the directorial skills, by the range of techniques and by the excellent cinematography on display.

We are delighted that Rialto Cinemas, Newmarket have once again agreed to host the festival. We are also very proud of the impressive line-up of patrons, sponsors and organisers of African film-festivals, world-wide, who are supporting our 2017 event. In particular, the opening night promises to be something extra-special, with many of those people in attendance – not to mention the Ethiopian coffee-makers, traditional food, singing and drumming which are all part and parcel of the evening. Come along to help us celebrate!

The closing night also includes an added opportunity: we are offering a double-feature, with a glass of wine provided during the intermission. You can purchase tickets for the two-film package or for either film separately.

To find out full details of the 2017 AFF programme (including film-synopses and trailers), and for access to ticketing-information, visit the website at: https://africanfilmfestivalnz.org.nz/

(Incidentally, as the first two years of the festival were so well received by both the public and the media, we have decided to extend our reach in 2017 by running a shortened version of the festival in Wellington 3rd to 5th May this year. Details for the Capital’s edition of the AFF are also to be found on the website).

The organisers of the 2017 African Film Festival, New Zealand are excited to be forerunners, once again, in widening the scope and range of Arts and Culture in Auckland. Please do all you can to support our venture.

 

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