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Looking back into the future – The Great Lakes Region: Symposium with exhibition and music



Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda: Countries in Central Africa, a region with a long history that is strongly connected with the enduring consequences of colonisation.

Media report on vote rigging, illegal office extensions of presidents and an increasingly alarming security situation. We intent to broaden the perspective and speak about the youth’s fight for peace, hope and development, that still continues in spite of everything and their incredible work in this difficult socio-political and economic context, especially in Burundi.

On the morning of the 2nd of November 2016, we want to approach the region from a historical perspective. We will start with an exhibition commemorating outstanding figures such as Patrice Lumumba and Julius Nyerere.

Subsequently we will listen to activists, artists and experts from the region who find different ways to express their ideas. Special attention is dedicated to the youth, their objectives and activities in the political, economic or cultural sphere.

Thus, the spotlight will be shone on different aspects of society in this rich and diverse region. We will talk about daily experiences, ways of participation, neo-colonial structures, violence and security, living together beyond oppression and xenophobia. The role Europe has played and is still playing in the region, not least in regard to neo-colonial and racist structures, will be appraised in a critical manner.

Symposium: free entrance, please register until 01.11.2016 by sending an email to: s.keller@africavenir.org

More detailed information will follow on our website www.africavenir.org

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