African culture: events in February 2023

“Sanctuary” (2022), by Sizwe Sama Sibisi.

Exhibition "Flag-bearer of women and the LGBTI community" at the Christophe Person gallery.

© Christophe Person Gallery

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In Libreville, Brussels, Ségou, Saint-Denis, Paris, Sharjah, Marrakech, Ivry-sur-Seine, Cotonou, Ouidah, Poitiers, Berlin, Ouagadougou, indoors or outdoors, here are sixteen meetings of Afro culture or not to be missed in this month of February.

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In Gabon, the Black History Arts Festival invites us to look into the history of black cultures and arts.

From February 1 to 28, at the National Museum of Arts, Rites and Traditions of Gabon and at the French Institute of Gabon, in Libreville, the stated ambition is to give " 

a place to the value of art by establishing a link history for the preservation of black culture


Since February 1st, the European House of Photography (MEP) in Paris offers us the first retrospective in France dedicated to the South African visual activist Zanele Muholi.

Her very committed work aims to promote, make visible and document the lives of members of the black LGBTQIA+ community (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, queers, intersex, asexuals +).

From February 3 to 5, the Menart Fair Brussels opens its doors.

As 42% of the artists exhibited are women, the fair will raise the question of the status of the female artist in the regions of North Africa, the Middle East and the Gulf.

In Ségou, Mali, until February 5,


, the Festival on the Niger, opens its doors on the theme "Heritage and creativity".

On the program: Contemporary art fair, theatre, dance, workshops, master classes, conferences, giant concerts on the banks of the Niger River, cultural caravan for peace...

“This was meant to be meditative” (2022), by Hannah Macfarlane.

Exhibition "Flag-bearer of women and the LGBTI community" at the Christophe Person gallery.

© Christophe Person Gallery

On 6 February, the Panorama des Cinémas du Maghreb et du Moyen-Orient (PCMMO) in Saint-Denis is showing the first film, recently rediscovered, by Mostafa Derkaoui, a pioneering director of modern Moroccan cinema:

Some events without significance

(1974 ).

The screening will be followed by an unpublished documentary by Sophie Delvallée on the filmmaker:

Librement, Mostafa Derkaoui


From February 7, the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris paints a portrait of the writer, poet and statesman Léopold Sédar Senghor (1909-2001), through his cultural policy in the aftermath of Senegal's independence.

Senghor and the arts.

Reinventing the Universal

 brings together the reflections and achievements in the cultural field of this champion of Negritude.

From February 7 to 11, the 15th Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates, designed by Okwui Enwezor and curated by Hoor Al Qasimi, Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation, looks at Enwezor's visionary work under the title:

Thinking Historically in the Present


More than 150 artists from 70 countries are expected.

The Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg is participating by offering works by South African artist Gabrielle Goliath, Angolan artist Kiluanjui Kia Henda from Angola, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum from Botswana and Yinka Shonibare who grew up in Nigeria before moving to settle in the UK.

"We're here to stay!"

(2021), by Sizwe Sama Sibisi.

Exhibition "Flag-bearer of women and the LGBTI community" at the Christophe Person gallery.

© Christophe Person Gallery

On February 9, Les Verrières

will open in Paris

, a new space dedicated to African arts.

Its particularity consists in bringing together a center of specialized skills both in ancient African arts and in the contemporary scenes of the continent.

The inaugural exhibitions are provided by the 31 Project gallery (

Group Effect

) and by Charles-Wesley Hourdé (

Selected Pieces


From February 9 to 12, the largest international art fair dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and the African diaspora, 1:54 Marrakech is back.

La Mamounia will host more than 20 galleries from around the world to present the work of more than 60 African and diaspora artists.

From February 10th to 12th, the Aleph Theater in Ivry-sur-Seine presents

Meeting Godot

by the Ivorian author Tiburce Koffi, Grand Prix RFI du Théâtre in 1996. Conceived as an echo of the famous play

Waiting for Godot

 by Samuel Becket, the show interpreted by the Cie Culture du Monde 2007 and directed by Bello Elisabeth Oseini, wishes to give an unexpected follow-up to the expectations and hopes never realized.

Detail of “What we hold” (2022), by Hannah Macfarlane.

Exhibition "Flag-bearer of women and the LGBTI community" at the Christophe Person gallery.

© Christophe Person Gallery

The Benin International Arts Festival (Finab) in Cotonou Porto-Novo and Ouidah welcomes art enthusiasts, professionals and art dealers from all disciplines from February 14 to 19.

From February 14 to March 12, the

African Workplaces

exhibition shows work on the African continent.

What images attract the attention of image professionals?

Researchers and photographers cross their eyes on their professional practice of photography of Africa and work.

What are these “areas of the photographable”?

How to make shadow workers visible?

Event offered as part of the Festival Filmer le Travail and the Institut des Afriques Season, in partnership with Espace Mendès France in Poitiers.

From February 16 to 26, the Berlinale will open its doors.

Several films from the African continent have been selected for this 2023 edition of the Berlin International Film Festival, one of the biggest film festivals in the world.

“Devilish Durban” by Jo Rogge.

Exhibition "Flag-bearer of women and the LGBTI community" at the Christophe Person gallery.

© Christophe Person Gallery

Until February 18, the Parisian gallery Christophe Person, in collaboration with the South African gallery Guns & Rain in Johannesburg, presents an exhibition on textile artists from South Africa:

Flag bearers of women and the LGBTI community


A comparison between the figurative and abstract expression of Sizwe Sama and Bev Butkow, as well as an encounter between the intimate work and the work of the archive of Hannah Macfarlane and Jo Rogge.

The German Ernst Barlach Haus museum in Hamburg pays tribute to the Beninese artist Georges Adéagbo.

Until February 19, the German institution exhibits the works of the artist born in 1942 in Cotenou and considered today as one of the most important artists in Africa and a pioneer of an art of the "Global South". .

His exhibition includes a deep exchange with the work of the expressionist Ernst Barlach (1870-1938) who left many traces in the work of Adéagbo.

From February 25 to March 4, the 28th edition of Fespaco will take place in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso.

The largest pan-African film festival is this year dedicated to “African cinema and the culture of peace”.

170 cinema and television films and series were selected under the direction of General Delegate Alex Moussa Sawadogo.

Tunisian producer Dora Bouchoucha will chair the jury that will award the Golden Stallion, the supreme award for African cinema.


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