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! 

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What participants liked most and say about CDC Festival 2023

“The positive vibes and feeling of inclusion”

“The Workshops and the thought-out concept”

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

The approach of the whole festival: I really felt that it was all about consciousness and not only consumption of the dance. And the way everything felt respectful and even people’s behaviour was love and consciousness and trying to be better humans. There is a before and after CDC for me!!!

“I really like the words celebration and joy. I liked the conference very much, of course all the dance, but I like the instances of reflection to go deep also to spirit and to see there our relation with dance”

About the Reflection and Epowerment Session at CDC 2023

“thank you for offering these, so important and mostly lacking in our community”

“I went to both reflection sessions. I really loved that it was not passive but active involvement with activities and exercises and not only presentations. It was uncomfortable because it was a mirror and that made it very constructive.”

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