Performing global African culture and citizenship : major pan-African cultural festivals from Dakar '66 to FESTAC '77

Murphy, David (2018) Performing global African culture and citizenship : major pan-African cultural festivals from Dakar '66 to FESTAC '77. Tate Papers, 30. ISSN 1753-9854

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    Abstract

    This article traces the ways in which the understanding and expression of global African culture and citizenship evolved across a series of major pan-African cultural festivals held between 1966 and 1977 in Dakar, Algiers and Lagos. It argues that these festivals were part of a general shift from political pan-Africanism to cultural pan-Africanism, and counterbalances the festivals’ grand, official, national narratives with the individual encounters fostered by the events.