Performing global African culture and citizenship: major pan-African cultural festivals from Dakar '66 to FESTAC '77

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This article traces the ways in which the understanding and expression of global African culture and citizenship evolved across a series of major pan-African cultural festivals held between 1966 and 1977 in Dakar, Algiers and Lagos. It argues that these festivals were part of a general shift from political pan-Africanism to cultural pan-Africanism, and counterbalances the festivals’ grand, official, national narratives with the individual encounters fostered by the events.
LanguageEnglish
JournalTate Papers
Volume30
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2018

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African Culture
Africa
Citizenship
Pan-Africanism
National Narrative

Keywords

  • African culture
  • pan-African culture
  • cultural festivals
  • des arts negres

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