Charter is a collaborative initiative of the National Arts Festival (NAF), GALA Queer Archive and the Centre for the Study of Race, Gender & Class (RGC), University of Johannesburg.
What kind of collective response is needed to address, in ethical and practical terms, the historic injustice, unequal conditions and normative violence faced by women, trans, intersex and nonbinary people working in the arts?
Join us for a conversation and public announcement of project Charter, a collective project of community-based consultation and Black-feminist and queer-led activism aimed at imagining and sustaining a safer creative community in South Africa. The intention of the project is to develop a charter outlining a set of life-affirming, gender and identity-sensitive values and goals for creative practitioners and arts-related organisations to endorse and adopt.
NAF Executive Producer Nobesuthu Rayi and Artistic Director Rucera Seethal host the panel discussion with human rights activist and lawyer Sibongile Ndashe, GALA Director Keval Harie and RGC Director Victoria Collis-Buthelezi. Including contributions from a number of artist from the NAF programme, the conversation will center on the pressing need for solidarity, transparency, accountability and collective will within the South African arts context, in seeking to address the normative conditions of GBV and rape culture.