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The National Arts Festival with funding

from the Presidential Economic Stimulus Package

administered by the National Arts Council

presents

Hope Circuit: ground for resilience.

“psychology for 120 years believed that the past plus the present determined the future.  And by undoing memory and perception we get rosier futures.  That has been a colossal failure.  We’ve become very interested in both the psychology and neuroscience of how we see futures; how we envision possible scenarios and choose among them.
The most exciting development in this area is something called the “hope circuit”.  It turns out there is a set of circuitry [in the brain] that turns off helplessness and panic.
So, the discovery of perceptive circuits, of human hope. … now that we can begin to identify the circuitry that subsumes hope, we may be able to stimulate it.”

Martin Seligman, ‘The Science of Resilience’ podcast

How do we actively create a future we desire?

It must be imagined, creativity has to prevail despite trying times.

During the course of the past year, the NAF has been working with artists across the county to continue their artistic research and develop and share their work.  In many cases, artists worked within their communities, connecting to their networks through creating and sharing.  Largely in digital format, we now launch the Hope Circuit to present these works or evidence of process for public presentation via our website. The Hope Circuit has stimulated artistic activity and hopefully reignited fading ambers.

MMINO WA BANA

PATHS CROSSING

EKHAYA SESSIONS: UBUNTU

MANGAUNG VISUAL ARTS SHOWCASE

TRACKSIDE CREATIVE

PEACE AFTER WAR

JAHROSE POETRY DOCUMENTARY

EKHAYA SESSIONS: UBUNTU

UTHANDO

MANYAKO MASHILO

STAGE FRIGHT

WATER STOKVEL

C SECTION

DITORO TSA RONA  

a song for the living …

ICU – IN CORONA UNIT 

BRIDGES PROJECT

FORGOTTEN ANGLE COLLECTIVE

MWANA WA MVULA

NYANGA MURAL PROJECT

ONE TAKE GRACE

ACCESS DENIED

BETWEEN THE PILLAR AND THE POST 

KEISKAMMA ART PROJECT

MUSA HLATSHWAYO