The Education and Culture Department works with Belgium’s African communities in a systematic way. Activity leaders, artists and specialists of African origin are involved in determining the content and organization of educational and cultural activities. This cooperation allows for a more accurate and nuanced representation of African cultures. This is in line with the RMCA’s general policy.
Established in 2003, COMRAF (RMCA-African Associations Committee) is a consultative committee comprised of RMCA and African diaspora representatives.
Creative projects for adults
Everyone 16 or older can take part in a creative project: art lovers, hobbyists, artists, art students, art schools, professional training, individuals or groups.
What's it about?
We offer art and culture lovers the opportunity to create a ‘creative project’ and present it in the Museum.
Inspired by material in and outside the Museum – exhibitions, the rich museum collection, contemporary works of art, discussions, documentation and photographs – participants work on a certain subject, usually as part of an exhibition.
The submitted work will be exhibited in one of the Museum’s rooms for several months, offering participants the opportunity to claim part of the Museum as their own.
The objective is to involve adults in Museum activities in a direct and personal manner.
The prior editions Hats Off! (2007), Would You Like to Sit (2008) and Create Your Own Mask and Exhibit It at the RMCA (2009) featured a high level of creativity.
- Edition 2011 : Luminous
More information on the 2011 edition
Africa < > Tervuren
Africa < >Tervuren is a forum for representatives of contemporary Africa and the African diaspora in Europe. Every edition is based on a main theme:
- 15 May 2011: Mix U Up! - theme: Modernity
- 16 & 17 May 2009: Mask-Up! – theme: Masks and identities
- 6 May 2007: Look! – theme: Fashion and Clothing
- 7 May 2006: Calabash celebration – theme: calabashes
- 24 April 2005: Congo Ya Biso – theme: the Democratic Republic of Congo
- 2 May 2004: Words of Africa – theme: Forms of communication
- 10 & 11 May 2003: Untitled – theme: Mutations (1st edition)
Throughout an entire weekend, the Museum and its decor serve as backdrops to a wide range of activities for all ages and tastes: music, performances, demonstrations, conferences, workshops, dance, parades, etc.
The event is the result of close collaboration with organizations representing Belgium’s African communities, such as: Afrikaans Cultureel Collectief (African Cultural Collective), CCAEB (Council of African Communities in Europe/Belgium), MINA, MWINDA-KITOKO, Platform Afrikaanse gemeenschappen van Antwerpen (Platform for African Communities of Antwerp), SADISA (Humanitarian Aid for Black Africa).
On the initiative of rapper and actor Pitcho Womba Konga, some 15 Belgian artists of Congolese origin will lead a discussion of the 50 years since Congo’s independence.
What links do they maintain with this country and with their sources? How do they experience the shared history of Congo and Belgium? What place do they occupy in Belgium? How do they cope with their memories and multiple identities?
Urban music (soul, rap, R&B, funk, slam, reggae) is the common language for this soul-searching. As a hybrid, it reflects the project’s participants.
The project is planning to release a CD and hold a concert in spring 2010. CD proceeds will finance language and history teaching projects in the DRC.
In addition, awareness-raising campaigns will be held in schools, universities and other educational institutions for the young to expand their thinking on the subject.
The Royal Museum for Central Africa is a project partner.
> more information: http://www.heritagecongo.be