artistic collaboration between Germany and Africa
*DEFINITION: “POLLINATION IS THE TRANSFER OF POLLEN LATER ENABLING FERTILIZATION AND THE PRODUCTION OF SEEDS, MOST OFTEN BY AN ANIMAL OR BY WIND.”
This project aims to encapsulate the process of artistic and social cultural pollination: facilitating the creative encounters between artists, genres, disciplines, identities, ideas, cultures, technologies and communities from various regions of Africa and Germany, taking and giving to and from one another, create new forms of expression and bring new inspirations, works and ideas to light while connecting to new audiences.
The focus on Africa will lead both German and African artists to work on deconstructing existing hardware and software to re-appropriate and re-purpose them.
Music and Dance
Music and dance have always gone hand in hand in Africa, but unfortunately when represented internationally, the two often get disentangled. With this project we want to re-contextualize the music through its dance element, and take it a step further by involving contemporary dancers and choreographers to create new modern interpretations to the music from the project.
The first phase of the project is taking place in Uganda around the Nyege Nyege Festival with residencies before and after the festival as well as artists’ shows and debates at the festival.
Further phases will take place in 2023 in Germany at the CTM festival in Berlin, at MS Stubnitz in Hamburg, at Festsaal Kreuzberg for the closing Afropollination event in June 2023 and with a partnership with Cosmo Radio (Cologne).
Afropollination is a project lead by Piranha Arts (Berlin) in cooperation with Boutique Foundation / Nyege Nyege (Kampala).
Artistic direction: Nyege Nyege
Afropollination is funded by the TURN2 Fund