17 October


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Auditorium

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Celebrating diversity

Celebrating diversity

After five years of Dancing Diversity, Dutch National Opera and Ballet are joining forces for the first time to devote the whole month of October to inspiring Black Achievement Month.

Celebrating Diversity

During this first joint Celebrating Diversity of Black Achievement Month, they therefore acknowledge that people of colour have always contributed to our society in the past and always will contribute to our society in the present and the future. Soloists and dancers from the new creation How Anansi freed the stories of the world will be among those making their appearance. Ambassador Sebia Plantefève-Castryck will shine in a choreography by associate choreographer Sedrig Verwoert and pianist Djuwa Mroivili will play music by various black 'forgotten' composers.

‘Black Achievement Month is a month that celebrates black artists and other prominent people of colour.’



Black Achievement Month

During the month of October, the Black Achievement Month Foundation will present the special contributions of people with African roots to the world and to Dutch society in particular. For a significant number of them, this country is an important focal point in their development.

Black Achievement Month

With fair success, people with African heritage have rooted themselves here and can be found in a range of disciplines in society. Among them are scientists, doctors, lawyers, writers, artists, theatre makers, athletes and entrepreneurs. All these talents and their achievements deserve to be brought to the attention of the widest and most diverse audience possible.

This year, Black Achievement Month is taking place for the sixth time. It is a recognition of the many qualities that can be found in the black community. The wealth of talent and expertise justifies this initiative and is also an ode to diversity and new citizenship. It also contributes to a balanced image of people with African roots. This is an image that is too often determined by what was said and written about persons of African descent in slavery and colonial times.

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