Riddim of Joy and Resistance

18.10.2023 - 22.10.2023

This was CDC Festival 2023

For the 6th time Europe’s biggest dance festival around afrodiasporic culture took place in Berlin. From the 18th to 22nd October CDC provided a unique space for exchange and growth with their authentic and original concept. 

Following this year’s motto “Riddim of Joy and Resistance” participants had the chance to learn from an international line up of outstanding dancers and mentors at the Culture Dance Camp.

Since we as MINCE e.V. always focus on combining cultural and political education, we offered free reflection and empowerment sessions. We understand them as important spaces to exchange, grow, learn and to lay the foundation for this year’s Festival. 

As a special surprise we proudly presented the dance theatre Afrikan Party!
An ode to Afrika, a celebration of its diverse and amazing cultures, Afrikan Party is a stage piece that narrates the afrikan lifestyle, music and fashion through the prism of this child from the United States of Afrika. 

Between motion and emotion was the title of the CDC 2023 conference. Our panelists exchanged the cultural and emotional expression of emotions like joy, pride and anger & resilience.

On Friday night we introduced a new evening event. The Culture Dance Night – a performance night with artists from Berlin and Europe curated with love. 

One of the highlights was seeing CDC’s talents and dancers from all over Europe at the Culture Dance Clash. A unique battle that had the room going through all kinds of emotion, talents that left the spectators speechless. 

CDC Festival 2023 says thank you!
Thank you for sharing your energy, light and riddim of joy with us! 

Your feedback is essential to help us improve and grow further. Use this form to let us know how you experienced CDC 2023

We are already working on CDC Festival 2024 and we will let you know about the dates as soon as possible! 

CDC in motion!

Thank you for being a part of CDC 2023!

CDC Voices

What participants liked most and say about CDC Festival 2022

“As a black person, I felt heard, seen.”

The feeling, the community and atmosphere”

“The celebration of black culture. The effort to try to create a safer space – the great lineup”

“The authentic dance classes and teachers. The aim to make create a safer space for people who identify as black. Meet great people! The foooood. Everything I could learn! From lectures etc.”

“The musical was a big highlight. The artists you picked for the workshops were amazing. The vibes were special”

“I loved the fact that it was such a perfect mixture of things considering dance culture. The festival gave me life and lust and i feel so so grateful for having met and learned from these wonderful dancers and human beings! I want to learn more and grow and be more appreciative and listen better.”

CDC Location

Gemeinschaftshaus Gropiusstadt, Bat-Yam-Platz 1, 12353 Berlin
Metro: U7 Lipschitzallee
Car: Navigation to Lipschitzallee 68, parking spot next to the car dealer
The venue is accessible barrier free.

CDC Festival 2023 is funded by