Attention: This is the surrounding-programme for 2018.
We will publish the programme for 2019 soon.




Panel discussion at the Havana Club on 03 June 2018, at 11 a.m.

Host: Sarah Bergh


Today, there are almost one million black people living in Germany – in a society dominated by white people. The panel discussion takes up the topic and we have invited four impressive people who will not only talk about their personal experiences with racism, but also about how they use their work and commitment to reveal and overcome discriminating and racist structures in Germany.
As an introduction to the topic the documentary Afro.Germany will be shown at the ARTE cinema tent on Saturday evening, 2 June 2018 at 08.30 pm. "Afro.Deutschland" has been produced by Deutsche Welle. 
The following people will take part in the panel discussion at the Havana Club on Sunday, 3 June 2018 at 11 am.

Raphael Dernbach (member of ISD, Munich)
Raphael Dernbach studied economics in Munich, co-authored two books (Spiegelblicke), is living in Munich with his two children and has been dedicatedly working for the “Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland e.V.” (Initiative of Black People in Germany) for 30 years. The aim of the initiative is to represent the interests of black people in Germany.
© Raphael Dernbach

Jermain Raffington (host and basketball player, Berlin)
After a two-year study stay in the USA, in 2007, Raffington, the son of a German mother and a Jamaican father, became a professional basketball player in Germany. Ever since he has ended his professional sports career, he has been working as a producer and host of VICE Media in Berlin. In his autonomously produced web series Jermain focuses on the life and experiencesof black Germans.
© Jermain Raffington
Jana Pareigis (host at ZDF, Berlin)
Jana Pareigis is a TV host of the ZDF morning magazine and she is also working as a freelance journalist. She is the author and director of the TV documentary “Afro.Germany” in which she talks about her experiences as a black person in Germany. Jana Pareigis studied political sciences and Africana Studies in Hamburg, New York and Berlin and subsequently completed a journalistic traineeship at Deutschen Welle.
© Maurice Weiss




Tiranke Diallo (Mama Afrika e.V., Berlin)

Guinea-native Tiranke Diallo is the chairwoman of the initiative Mama Afrika e. V. and consultant for FGM. Her mother who founded the initiative was afflicted by female genital mutilation. Tiranke Diallo was born in France and grew up in Germany. She is a trained office clerk and has worked in human resource management for years. She considers herself a black German.

© Tiranke Diallo



Saturday, 02 June 2018, at 11 am

Sarah Bergh | © Bugs Steffen
Ambassador Georg Schmidt

The Regional Director for sub-Saharan Africa and the Sahel, ambassador Georg Schmidt, will be talking with Sarah Bergh and take position on current questions concerning the German Africa policy. Afterwards, the visitors of the Africa Festival will have the opportunity to participate in the following discussion with questions and comments.


Georg Schmidt was born in 1963 in Freiburg, Germany. He studied in History, Economics and Chinese and entered the Foreign Service in 1995, during which time he was also working for the German Embassy in Mali. His postings include Japan, Sri Lanka and Mali. From 2006 to 2010 he worked on African (and Asian) Affairs with Federal President Horst Köhler. He served as Head of Division for Asia, Australia, Africa and International Development for two more Presidents of Germany, Christian Wulff and Joachim Gauck. In 2014 he moved back to the Foreign Office and has since been Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa and the Sahel.


Sarah Bergh studied education, psychology and theatre arts. For over ten years she has worked freelance in her office for art and cultural projects. The focus of her work is the political education, especially the topics of migration pedagogics, discrimination and racism. Since 2015 she has been working at the pedagogical Institute in Munich. Ever since the 19th Africa Festival she has been a host of the event.

Tiranké and Souleymane Diallo from "Mama Afrika" in front of the banner
of the Africa Festival against Female Genital Mutilation in Africa. | © Bugs Steffen