At the beginning of March we launched our “Media4All” project, focusing on the insufficient representations and access of minorities to national media in The Netherlands.
Our first creative take on the project was called, ‘N*gga and da Terrorist’, a web series that grew out of sessions from last year’s Voice4Thought festival between engaged poets/rappers, “Général Valsero” (from Cameroon) and “Mohammad” (from Syria/Netherlands).Together, they addressed the issue of images and social perceptions that are circulating within Dutch society, calling for a deeper reflection on the issues. Look back at all the amazing contributions and debate sparked bythe project. Their contribution can be found on: FB voiceagainstfear and on V4T’s youtube channel playlist N*gga and da Terrorist #thinkcritically #voiceagainstfear.
We partnered with the cultural centre, Agoratoire, in its 4th edition of Festival International de Slam et l’Humour du Mali from March 13-20 in Bamako, for its “International Day of the Francophone.” Voice4Thought’s slam artist, Croquemort, performed and spoke in a panel discussion on “Youth and citizenship,” and fine-arts artist, Cindy van der Aa, collaborated on a number of art projects with Agoratoire, as well as with a school for disabled children. Check out the photos onFacebook.
We have new blog posts from our e-blogging network for you to read:
Mirjam de Bruijn’slatest blog brings you the “ugly contrasts in Chad.”
In response to the current Anglophone crisis and internet shutdown in Cameroon, we have created areading list of everything you need to know about the situation as well as Vera Bakker’sblog post on demonstrations in the capital, Bamenda.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, V4T is working on a book on “radicalization” in sub-Saharan Africa. The working title of the book is: “Deciphering Radicalization: Biographies from West and Central Africa.” Combining stories and biographies from different parts of West and Central Africa, the book will give a reflection on the processes and dynamics behind radicalization, as well as its polarizing tendencies in the regions of concern. We have invited different specialists to contribute a chapter, including specialists in Islam, anthropologists, political scientists and historians. The book will also be accompanied by a short documentary, in collaboration with the research projectConnecting in Times of Duress.
We will be launching a series of portraits, of young Chadian leaders who are engaged in social and political change, including musicians and online activists. This comes at a time of extreme socio-political tensions in the country, where people often have little-to-no means of accessing reliable information. The platform will serve as a free and independent tool of expression, and will be brought to you by a blogger and a filmmaker from Chad. The first issue will introduceRay's Kim, a hip hop artist and rapper from N'djamena .
In April, we will launch our Record Label, connecting you to voices from all around the world. Stay up-to date until then by following us on Soundcloud.
On May 5th, Voice4Thought will be present at the Liberation Day Festival in The Hague. Drop by to understand what we do as an organization, reflect with us about what “Voice4Thought” means, and enjoy some of our tunes of freedom!
Where: Malieveld, The Hague
When: 5th of May, all day
All the best and we look forward to seeing you soon,