Refugee|ni|us Exhibition: Celebrating Artists from Refugee communities
For the past decade, the word ‘refugee’ conjures negative connotations of being a threat or victim of war. However, refugees are human beings just like anyone else who dream to thrive in life. A two-part Refugee|ni|us exhibition that was set at two locations under Oslo Afro Arts Festival in August played an
Kenyan Hip-Hop Artist Octopizzo on the Power of Music and Entrepreneurship
From his home in Nairobi, the rapper, entrepreneur, philanthropist and head of the Octopizzo Foundation that bears his name reflects on his journey, his foundation and the Refugeenius project. His internationally acclaimed music album, ‘Refugeenius’ produced with refugee artists were played at Grønland Kirke during the Oslo Afro Arts Festival, alongside audiovisual
Let’s Dance! Meet OAAF Dancers Nasser Mhende, Thulani Maluleka, and Jomo Masai
The Oslo Desk sat down with three dancers during the Oslo Afro Arts Festival to discuss briefly what dance they were teaching and what it meant to them. African or Africana dance is a spiritual practice to communicate with the universe and for finding one’s own identity, as we have learned from the
Sudanese Khalid Shatta on His “Migration of the Soul” Paintings
From Sudan to Oslo, Khalid Shatta’s recent paintings “Migration of the Soul” were shown at Kunsthall Oslo and Grønland Kirke under the Oslo Afro Arts Festival for a two-part exhibition to showcase the work of refugee artists. Kunsthall Oslo, a non-profit art space located at the heart of Bjørvika which explores the
Thomas Talawa Prestø Sets the Stage on Africana Dance
At the Oslo Afro Arts Festival, choreographer, lecturer, founder and artistic director of Tabanka African and Caribbean Peoples Dance Ensemble, Thomas Talawa Prestø sets the stage. Imbued in his lecture was a conscious effort to educate embedded colonial concepts in academia, philosophy and dance.
The 7th Oslo Afro Arts Festival in 2021 Launches – Hear from The Founder and Get Your Tickets
OSLO (August 9, 2021) – The 7th edition of the Oslo Afro Arts Festival (OAAF) will be held from 26-29 August 2021 in different venues in Grønland, Oslo, where more than 20 nationalities will be represented in up to 15 events over four days. The expected audience is 1200 at this year’s events,
Oslo Afro Arts Festival 2021
The theme for Oslo Afro Arts Festival 2021 is Keeping us connected to African Rythms in a time of separation.