The Artfluence Human Rights festival is launched

The University of KwaZulu-Natal Center for Creative Arts, in partnership with uMngeni Municipality and uMngeni Tourism, will present the 2nd Annual Artfluence Human Rights Festival from May 3-8.

Image provided: Artwork from the Sounds in Context exhibition

Under the theme “Free Imagination: Resilience, Action and Change”, the festival showcases and spotlights artists whose voices and creativity are advancing a culture of human rights.

In addition to the “Live in uMmngeni” events program on the capture site, the festival presents an extensive program of online events broadcast on YouTube and Facebook – and the public can join in on Zoom.

“We are delighted that with the end of the national closures, we can present a hybrid festival this year with online and live events; the latter made possible through a partnership with uMngeni Municipality and uMngeni Tourism, said Ismail Mahomed, Director of the Creative Arts Centre. “The six-day ‘Live in uMngeni’ program will include theatre, dance, music, exhibits, films and a specially curated animated series of some of Nelson Mandela’s favorite folktales aimed explicitly at children. “

The Artfluence Human Rights festival is launched

The six-day program will take place at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s capture on the roadside a short distance from Howick. After his 27 years in detention and South Africa’s transition to constitutional democracy, Nelson Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize by the international community.

“The festival located at the Capture Site intends to draw inspiration from Mandela’s legacy and rekindle tourism at the site after the devastating impact of the national lockdown on the cultural economy. Our partnership with uMngeni Municipality and uMngeni Tourism aims to strengthen a cultural economy that allows local arts organizations to thrive,” said Mahomed.

The festival will open on May 3 with an online opening at 3pm filmed from the capture site and will feature this year’s keynote speaker, Chester Missing, who will provide entertaining but biting commentary on South African democracy.

What to expect

Live in Umngeni will open with the exhibition Umongo Msindo (Sounds in Context), an immersive installation that brings musicians into conversation with their traditional African instruments through videos and textiles that function as interactive wall pieces and a QR portal who develops their work.

This installation will be exhibited at the Capture Site until May 8th.

South African political cartoonist Nanda Soobben will exhibit 25 of his cartoons which are a powerful commentary on South African constitutional democracy. Satirist Conrad Koch will also bring his alter ego Chester Missing to the Capture site.

UKZN’s Center for Jazz will present a concert featuring some of its most talented students. The Flatfoot Dance Company will present its latest production, Cleansingwho travels to the heart of Earth’s problems and negotiates the true meaning of ecology – the connection of human existence to all existence.

Poetry Africa curator Siphindile Hlongwa and University of Johannesburg Arts & Culture Poetry Programs Coordinator Quaz Roodt have joined forces to organize the specially designed poetry program, At the Marketplace, with four poets at who they asked to venture into South Africa. informal commercial spaces to find inspiration for their poems.

Hlongwa has hosted a unique live program taking place during Live in Umngeni titled “Freed Imagination,” which will feature internationally acclaimed poet Lebo Mashile along with local poets from KZN. Lebo Mashile is an award-winning actress, poet, novelist and social justice activist.

The Creative Arts Center will also host workshops focusing on skills in art practice and administration for uMngeni-based artists during the Live in uMngeni Artfluence Human Rights Festival.

The full program of the Live in uMngeni program and the online program will be published on the festival website on April 27. Places for each event are limited based on existing Covid-19 protocols. Reservations can be made via Webtickets from April 28.

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