From the 7th to the 9th of June, Arty Farty's team organized a series of talks, conferences and workshops centered around the subject of shifting narratives on the European level. In the 3 days of European Lab, over 80 guest speakers exchanged and debated over themes like inclusivity, sustainability, gender and racial representativity, afropeanity and more.

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Moderation : Nathalie Wakam

Speakers : Kiyémis, Wilfried N’Sondé, Marie-Julie Chalu 

Photo Credit : Brice Robert

Adventures in Afropea was an early-1990s album by David Byrne that introduced the world to the term “Afropean”. Although its use was initially confined to artistic circles as a means to designate African influence on European culture, nowadays it is used to refer more broadly to the generations of black men and women who have made the European continent their home. 

Rather than constantly relate their story back to a migratory past (which really belonged to their parents), the term conjures up a new collective imagination as much as it defines a new identity made up of multiple encounters. Afropean stories thereby present a world of journeys and experiences that, in their own way, tell an alternative history of Europe.

We also took this opportunity to record interviews with Sarah Gamrani, creator of poetry book “Au-Delà du Club” (Beyond Club) – to read here – , and Steven Van Lummel, founder of The Hague’s PIP – to read here.

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