Is a black renaissance emerging in the Netherlands in the fields of activism, politics, literature, art, science and music? This discussion examines Négritude, a literary and ideological movement developed by black francophone intellectuals, writers, and politicians in the 1930s. They will draw parallels between the current political and social context and the emergence of a new black awareness in the Netherlands and elsewhere. With Grâce Ndjako and Antoin Deul, founders of the foundation Black Renaissance, among others.
The Welcome Table is an unfinished play by the American writer James Baldwin, a prominent anti-racism activist in his country. The play consists of two characters (based on the dancer Josephine
Baker and the American professor and critic Henry Louis Gates Jr.) at a set table. Incomplete freedom they discuss the condition of the Afro-American community. During the Holland Festival a contemporary version of The Welcome Table will be staged at various venues for a variety of conversations about festival artists’ work and themes. The topics covered will include literary and ideological movements like Négritude and the Harlem Renaissance, the films Échangeur and Touki Bouki, Martiniquan philosopher Édouard Glissant’s work and life, and of course James Baldwin.