During the last months Africa was overall the news in Germany – most as a hotspot for trouble. If not a political coup in one or the other of the over fifty countries caught the attention of the public, then the fear of the recently arrived or just expected refugees or the general discontent with the growing african population. A seldom guest in the public opinion was the awareness of the cultural richness of the cradle of mankind.
Now we are inviting you to have a look at our main project entitled "Focus on Africa" . ASSITEJ has been existing since 1965 but it is only towards the end of the 20th century that the African members have been progressively joining the organization. Today, there are 13 countries from Africa that are members of the ASSITEJ. Through this project you will be able to admire the ultra-diversity and plurality of the African cultures and theater-styles through images, documents and videos collected from about 30 theatres located in those African member countries as well as from other non-members African countries.
Being more precised, we have 21 countries represented in our collection out of 54 African countries in total. Amongst these we have 10 member countries of which 7 are represented in the web and 11 non-member countries of which 6 are equally represented in the web.
The african members of ASSITEJ Benin, Cameroun, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe are represented on the web, Angola, Rwanda and Senegal in the collection; Mali, Swaziland and Togo are not yet represented in the collection. From other african countries we choose documents from Congo (DRC), Egypt, Mauritius, Namibia, Tunisia, Uganda for the website; more documents from Botswana, Madagaskar, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zaire can be found in the archive.
The project has been conducted by Miss Manuela Ngoi Rymis and Mr Nyasha Mujuru from Cameroon and Zimbabwe respectively, exchange students at Frankfurt under the coordination and supervision of Dr. Jürgen Kirschner, scientific documentalist at KJTZ Frankfurt Am Main.
Frankfurt Am Main, December 2017
One of the stills taken from a choice of eleven out of more than thirty videos collected in preparation of the ASSITEJ World Congress 2017 in Cape Town / South Africa