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Africa in Black and White: Gallery Run, Sept. 2012

Africa in Black and White: Gallery Run, Sept. 2012

The popularity of the annual Afrika Tage (Africa Days) each August on the Donauinsel, demonstrates if anything a rising interest in African culture in Vienna. Like most major European cities, Vienna has its collections of historical native African art, but interest in the contemporary is a growing trend. MOYA: Nigeria in Öl Entering Christoph Schönbäck’s […]

Afrikatage 2012: An African Village on a Viennese Island

Afrikatage 2012: An African Village on a Viennese Island

This 18-day celebration of African art and culture on the Donauinsel comes to a close on Sunday. Some of the event’s main attractions are the several daily open-air concerts of traditional and contemporary African music, with many native African and other international artists performing. There is also a bazaar with arts and crafts from Africa, drumming and […]

Book Review: A Long Way Gone, by Ishmael Beah

The Boy Soldier The following review accompanies a report of Ishmael Beah’s visit to Vienna, found here. A memoir of a child soldier in Sierra Leone, A Long Way Gone, by Ishmael Beah, will take you on a journey through suffering and survival, an endless struggle against the seemingly impossible, a miraculous delivery. In telling his […]

Bombs, Books & Bank Statements

Bombs, Books & Bank Statements

The following accompanies a review of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah, which can also be found in the Mar. 2011 TVR. On Feb. 2, Ishmael Beah sat down between two panelists at the Military History Museum, a big smile stretching from ear to ear. Beah is a survivor. A former child […]

Gone to Dogon

My sense of wonderment began with a night-time call of nature that I didn’t dare answer. Relieving myself would have involved crossing the uneven, dusty rooftop in a village on the edge of the Sahara. More pertinently, it would have meant negotiating my way down a rickety ladder.  So I held it in and lay […]

An African Comments

“Everyone on the subway was aware of the Brennan incident,” said Paul Kojo, a native of Ghana who has lived in Austria for 23 years. “It always comes down to showing one’s ID. I have personally never had any confrontation with the police, only routine controls. I have been checked four times in over 20 […]

The Obama Factor

At the Amerikahaus, Simon Inou was in constant motion, organizing the last details for the Radio Afrika & Co celebration of the inauguration of Barack Obama, a consortium of NGO’s representing the migrant communities in Vienna supported by the U.S. Embassy. We caught him in the final moments before the festivities were to begin. The […]

Mandela At Ninety

On 11 February 1990, Nelson Mandela, icon of resistance to the South-African apartheid regime and later  Nobel Peace laureate, was released from prison after 27 years. This was a truly moving moment for African blacks, so afflicted for so long, and a signal for a new era of peaceful opposition to suppression and war – […]

Shadows of a Dream

I lunged desperately but he skipped around me again, leaving me sprawled in the ochre-coloured sand. Padmore, the player I had been assigned to mark, was only 15 years old, but he already had that dangerous mix – the barrel-chested body of a sprinter and the agility of a cat. Our slightly deflated ball seemed […]

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