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Afrika Eye Festival

Watershed and other locations, Bristol, BS1 5TX

Tel: +44 (0)1179 275100

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Afrika Eye Festival


Afrika Eye presents a celebration of African arts, cinema and culture, including a Senegalese evening of film, food, music and discussion aboard the SS Great Britain, a visit from Gary Younge, live music, dance and spoken word and a full weekend dedicated to the best new and classic films from &/or about Africa. 

The 2019 festival’s centre-piece will be a full weekend of screenings, Q&As and panel discussions at Watershed, Canons Road, Harbourside, Bristol, from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 November, opening with a film premiere and party featuring live music from The Krar Collective of Ethiopia.

Highlights of the Afrika Eye programme now on sale via include: 

·    A Senegalese Night aboard the SS Great Britain (Monday 4 November, 6.30pm), featuring traditional Senegalese food by Samba Samba, combining a traditional buffet, live music from kora master Mamadou Cissoko, plus screenings of Youssou N’Dour’s Return To Gorée, and shorts from the Afrika Eye Bristol/Dakar British Council exchange from filmmaker Pierre Amiral and spoken word/musician/rapper Joel Douglas (aka ‘SplitzP)’. 

·    The award-winning writer and broadcaster Gary Younge giving the keynote address on the future of journalism at a symposium at Arnolfini, presented in collaboration with Mandem - a new voice for young men of colour (Tues 5 November, Arnolfini, 7pm).

·   Performance poet and musician Zena Edwards headlining at a ‘Voices of Africa’ event alongside TJ Dema (Africa Writes), Saili Katebe (SS Great Britain poet in residence) and dancer, DJ and wordsmith Ripton Lindsay (Thurs 7 November, SS Great Britain, 6:30pm) 

·    A rare big screen showing of the Sundance award winning film The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, written and directed by 12 YEARS A SLAVE star Chiwetel Ejiofor, that’s just been picked as a UK Oscars entry + an after-party with hot and hypnotic live music from The Krar Collective dubbed the Ethiopian White Stripes (Fri 8 November, Watershed).  

·    A full weekend of film screenings, Q&As and panel discussions including regional premieres, classics from the archives, a round-up of shorts selected especially by the Bristol network of BAME filmmakers, Cables & Cameras, and a chance to preview the winner of the prize for best documentary at this year’s Berlinale  (Sat 9 and Sun 10 November, Watershed). 

·    After-school family screenings of African animations plus a workshop.

·    Story telling with Zakiya Mackenzie & spoken word workshops in partnership with Bristol Libraries 

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