FESTAC ’77

Revisit sessions from PASS in Oslo

PASS at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo

Over four days, from 17-20 February 2021, the Pan African Space Station (PASS) broadcast daily sessions for ‘Actions of Art and Solidarity’, a group exhibition curated by Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) in Oslo and organised with Kunstnernes Hus.

These transmissions looked to the Festac ’77 book and selected narratives to expand on in sound. They were the first PASS sessions to be produced under the conditions of a global pandemic. More about the landing can be found here and archived versions can be replayed via Mixcloud.

We give thanks to our core collaborators Arild Boman, Ese Otubu, Isaac Emokpae, mam Lindiwe Mabuza and Uhuru Phalafala. Thanks too to Christopher Lee, Christopher Ouma, Masello Motana, Nomaliqhwa Hadebe, Raheem Oluwafunminiyi and Rangoato Hlasane who added their voices to the programs. Takk to colleagues at Office for Contemporary Art Norway and Kunstnernes Hus.

This PASS series was produced by Ben Verghese with direction from Ntone Edjabe.

Photo: Vegard Kleven. Courtesy of Kunstnernes Hus/OCA

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PASS in Oslo (17 – 20 February 2021)

National Theatre, Lagos (during Festac). From ICA mag

(Photo from New Directions magazine) On Wednesday 17 February through to Saturday 20 February, Pan African Space Station (PASS) broadcast a daily session, produced for ‘Actions of Art and Solidarity’, a group exhibition curated by Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) in Oslo and organised with Kunstnernes Hus. These PASS transmissions unpacked and expanded stories and research published in the Festac ’77 book in which we revisited the imaginative (im)possibilities of pan African festivals (the PANAFESTs) that took place in …  ( continue reading

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FESTAC 77: PASS landing in New York City

From 23-25 October 2019, Chimurenga’s Pan African Space Station (PASS) at Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, New York City, explored three narratives related to the participation of African American artists and intellectuals at FESTAC ’77, the 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, held in Lagos in 1977. Wed 23 October 2019, 4pm – 7pm: Sun Ra Arkestra and the jazz avant-garde at FESTAC As revealed in Chimurenga’s recent publication which compiles stories from/about FESTAC, Sun Ra’s Astro/Afro-mysticism was …  ( continue reading

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The Legacy of FESTAC ’77: A Sonic Exploration

On 19 May 2017, streamed live as part of Online Radio Festival 2017, the Pan African Space Station presented an hour-long exploration into the seminal Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC 77) held in Lagos, Nigeria in 1977. Speaking to Chimurenga‘s ongoing research into the legacy of FESTAC 77, this mix is a historical-critical sonic presentation interrogating issues of place, exile and nationhood, and the confrontations and intersections of ideas on culture, politics and identities. The …  ( continue reading

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Listening to FESTAC

As King Sunny Ade sang, welcome welcome to Nigeria… Ntone Edjabe and Kodwo Eshun hung out in the Chimurenga Library to listen close to records from or recorded for FESTAC ’77.    ( continue reading

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PASS in NY: Marilyn Nance – FESTAC 77

Photographer and visual artist Marilyn Nance has produced exceptional photographs of unique moments in the cultural history of the United States and the African Diaspora, and possesses an archive of images of late 20th century African American life. For PASS at the Performa Hub, Marilyn will join us on Wednesday afternoon to share tales from FESTAC ’77 in Lagos where she was photographer for the North American Zone. A two-time finalist for the W. Eugene Smith Award in Humanistic Photography for her body …  ( continue reading

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Your Own Hand Sold You

Poet, choregrapher and AfroSonics arkivist, Harmony Holiday produced this audio mix as part of Chimurenga’s ongoing research project and multimedia installations on the legacies of FESTAC ’77, the 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, held in Lagos during 1977.  ( continue reading

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