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.
Sebia Plantefève-Castryck, élève at Dutch National Ballet, is ambassador of Black Achievement Month. As a black ballerina in a predominantly white world, Sebia sees that there is not much diversity in ballet. Although she notices changes taking place in the ballet world, there is still room for improvement. As a black dancer, she still stands out too much. She would like to see so much diversity that a little more or less colour completely passes the viewer by. “I hope that there will come a time when everyone can just show their talent, without wondering: do I belong here?”
Photo: Les Adu
Performances Dutch National Opera & Ballet
Ticket sales for the performances Reclaiming Our Time, Celebrating Diversity and I Feel it Too start on Thursday 23 September. Keep an eye on the pages below for ticket sales and updates.