Given the exceptional circumstances resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, a range of onsite and online activities will be on offer.  


Competition for schools  « An Iron Will » 

AfricaMuseum invites secondary schools offering metalworking classes to add their own sculpture to the new  Mabele eleki lola ! exhibition. The first 10 classes to register can join the competition. A board of judges composed of professionals will select the winning class. The works, to be created from scrap metal, will be on display in AfricaMuseum between13 and 21 February 2021.

Registration in French or Registration in Dutch


Artist Talk 

A panel discusses the work of Freddy Tsimba, his dialogue with objects from the AfricaMuseum's collections and the curatorial questions this has raised.

Date : Sunday 13 December 2020
Hour: 5:00 p.m.
Duration: 1h30
Freddy Tsimba, In Koli Jean Bofane & Nadia Yala Kisukidi
Moderator: Ayoko Mensah
Venue: Online
Price: free, but registration is compulsory
Info: As the debate will be held in French, the registration form is in French only. We thank you for your understanding.


Film screening Système K

In collaboration with BOZAR, the new documentary Système K by Renaud Barret will be screened in late February. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion. Système K (K for Kinshasa) places a spotlight on artists who, like Freddy Tsimba, draw inspiration from decay and transform chaos into hope. 

Date: 15 February 2021
Hour:  7:00 p.m.
Venue: M Hall at BOZAR (Brussels)


Combi guided tour Mabele Eleki Lola ! + AfricaMuseum galleries

A guided tour allows you to discover the dialogue between the works of Freddy Tsimba and pieces from the AfricaMuseum’s collections. The tour continues in the museum galleries, around themes that are dear to the artist. 

For groups
Tour: 45 minutes in the temporary exhibition and 45 minutes in the permanent exhibition
For groups of max. 4 persons
Price: € 90 + combi-ticket museum



Standing guide 

A guide will be present in the Mabele eleki lola ! exhibition to answer questions from visitors during the autumn, winter, and spring breaks.

Languages: in Dutch, French, and English 
Dates: Sundays 8/11, 27/12/20, 3/1 and 21/2/21
Price: free with (combi)-ticket museum


"A key to which paradise?"

This is the question you hear when you visit the Mabele eleki lola ! exhibition. Visitors can write a message on a label and tie it to one of the many old keys on offer. In doing so, they take part in this installation inspired by the work of Freddy Tsimba! 


Continuation of the temporary exhibition

Pieces in the permanent exhibition that touch on the same themes as the pieces in the temporary exhibition are labelled with quotes from the novels of In Koli Jean Bofane. 

Public activities are organized as part of the AfricaMuseum CAMPUS and FORUM programmes. These programmes are funded by Belgian Development Cooperation. 

The CAMPUS programme focuses on knowledge dissemination and awareness-building through educational efforts in global citizenship and solidarity. Activities for the general public, with special attention given to primary and secondary school groups, examine the main themes found in the permanent exhibition. Teaching tools and dossiers, webinars, and training courses for (future) teachers round out the offer.

FORUM is a programme that seeks to further the museum’s role as a resource centre for cultural actors and persons who are African and of African descent, by promoting and facilitating access to collections, archives, and scientific research. Like CAMPUS, the FORUM programme works together with cultural operators from Africa and the African diaspora to provide new readings of images and representations of Africa, Africans, and people of African descent. FORUM offers residencies to African artists and journalists. It supports artistic, cultural, and community projects that involve the archives, the collections, and the permanent exhibition. The AfricaTube project, in partnership with Centre d’art Waza (Lubumbashi,  DRC) provides a glimpse of the enormous range of African digital art. 

BOZAR is a partner of the FORUM programme.