Congolisation is a multidisciplinary cultural festival that lends the stage to a wide variety of artistic ventures from the Congolese and wider sub-Saharan diaspora. From the 1st to the 4th of February the Pianofabriek will host artists from different horizons, with different perspectives, histories and stories. 

The term ‘Congolisation’ is a blend of the name of the country Congo and the term colonisation. The common thread of the festival is building and imagining together, to create a future we can all be part of. The festival unites various disciplines, including an exhibition, lectures and debates, theatre and theatrical workshops, film and performances. You can find the full programme via this link. 


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Conference Black History Month – why and how?
Several speakers, including KVS city dramaturge Tunde Adefioye and KVS face Pitcho Womba Konga, engage in conversation about Black History Month. Should our country also organise a Black History Month to draw attention to the history of the African diaspora here? Why and how? The first debate takes place at Pianofabriek on February 3rd as part of Congolisation. A second debate takes place at BOZAR on February 23rd in the context of the Afropolitan festival. 

Projection: Kinshasa in video slams
On February 4th the creative splurges of the “laboratoire dramaturgie urbaine” will be shown at Pianofabriek. KVS organised this project in Kinshasa in the summer of 2017, together with Plateforme Contemporaine. Over a period of ten days, six slam poets and six filmmakers from Kinshasa collaborated closely around their artistic visions and their relation to the city. Working in duo, they endeavoured to find a cross-pollination between slam and video, resulting in a number of experimental video poems. 

Two of the poets, Do Nsoseme Dora and Fabrice Kalonji, aka Malabar, created the performance SLOW#03 – Slam Our World at KVS last autumn. 


KVS is a proud partner of Congolisation, an initiative by Pitcho Womba Konga.