November saw us take over the Matadero in Madrid where Mwasi was welcomed by Afrofeministas, Mapa 12N, Migrantes Transgresores, Kwanzaa et Sindicato de Manteros. Together we held Quilombo Nimba’ Fest, a collective experiences focusing on the specificities of Queer and Migrant Black identities, rooted in Black feminism with a Spanish and trans-european context.
In addition to a rich programme filled with workshops, conferences and discussion, we hit the street for the annual March Against Racism where hot the streets to protest state violence against Black people in Spain and in solidarity with the diaspora. Our performers had us singing, dancing, crying, laughing and turning up at our party Don’t Hit A La Negra, and of course, in true Mwasi tradition, we made time to eat and talk together over delicious food.
The talented actress and director Silvia Albert Sopale concluded this second day with her play, No es pais para negras. A satyr on the forms racism takes throughout the lives of black women, at school, at work, on the streets and with their families. For 2h30, the power of Silvia Albert Sopale’s performance catalyzed all the energy we had exchanged in 48 hours and gave us the strength necessary to participate in the anti-racist march the next day.
At 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon, we met for the last time at the Matadero for a workshop which located the different struggles of black women in Europe with special attention paid to Portugal and Switzerland.
Above: Ana-Laura holds a black and white photo of the National Liberation Army corps with Amilcar Cabral in its center, weapon in hand, bonnet on head and sunglasses on nose. Each member of the army wears a similar outfit and weapon.
Signs in one hand, umbrellas in the other, we then joined the thousands of demonstrators in the processions of the annual anti-racist march. The distraught looks of passers-by mingled with the brilliance of our voices in the Madrid rain. The evening continued with a ball titled Dont hit a la Negra; A celebration of Afroqueer identities that Afro-San artist Megane Mercury has been able to express with authenticity.Megane Mercury