THIS DISCUSSION WILL TAKE PLACE ON 30 JUNE AT 18:00 CENTRAL AFRICAN TIME
AT COVID-19 has changed, in some case devastated our cultural and creative industries. Still, cultural professionals and artists find creative solutions. Art is resilient.
The UNESCO initiated ResiliArt movement is an online debate series with key industry professionals and artists which raises awareness of the far-reaching impact of the current confinement measures as well as the importance of cultural and creative industries to economic development and social cohesion.
Since the launch of the movement on 15 April, over 20 countries have organised ResiliArt debates with the participation of artists and cultural workers as panelists.
The National Arts Festival with the Wits School of the Arts and the South South Collective the movement and has organised a ResiliArt discussion focusing on festivals of the global south.
Festivals offer a unique opportunity for celebration and for showcasing artistic excellence and experimentation to diverse audiences. In this Resiliart debate we speak to five festivals in the global south, from Latin American, the Caribbean and from the African continent, all with unique offerings, ways of working and engaging with their audiences.
During the Covid 19 pandemic the possibilities for festivals changed fundamentally. We will hear how these festivals are reimagining themselves during this pandemic. How are they responding? How do they see their future offerings changing? They will reflect on the obstacles and share the new opportunities facing festivals going forward in each of their regions.
Panelists: Qudus Onikeku (DanceGATHERING and AFROPOLIS DIGITAL PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL, NIGERIA), Rucera Seethal (NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL, SOUTH AFRICA), Leah Gordon (GHETTO BIENNALE, HAITI), Hillary Brown (CARIFESTA Festival), roving CARRIBEAN Festival, Lina Maria Gavira (FLOWERS FAIR, COLOMBIA)
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
Olayinka Jacobs-Bonnick is a cultural industry strategist, with a background of over 20 years working in the cultural and creative enterprise development sector. She is the founder of the South-South Collective, an art and culture led B2B collaboration platform, that connects creative & cultural practitioners across the 134 countries of the Global South, through international convenings, collaborations and business opportunities. Olayinka is the former British Council Country Director for Jamaica and Director Caribbean, a trained art historian, textile designer, and a creative industries international development consultant, with a client portfolio that includes Caribbean governments, ACP/EU UNESCO, and the World Bank.
SOUTH SOUTH COLLECTIVE https://www.facebook.com/southsouthcollective/
Qudus Onikeku is the Artistic Director of DanceGATHERING Lagos and AFROPOLIS DIGITAL PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL. danceGATHERING is an annual gathering for creatives from diverse backgrounds, an anti-disciplinary convention, operating as a horizontal, co-creation and co-learning space of freedom and experimentation. AFROPOLIS DIGITAL PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL is on the contrary a festival which combines collaboration with remote and physical interaction. An inclusive performance festival of new forms of transdisciplinary interactions between performance and digital technology, to generate creative synergy and express innovative ideas for a digital live audience.
AFROPOLIS DIGITAL PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL https://www.afropolis.org/
Leah Gordon is a photographer, film-maker, curator, collector and writer. She is the co-director of the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The Ghetto Biennale is a cross-cultural arts festival held in two adjacent informal neighbourhoods in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, called Lakou Cheri and Ghetto Leanne. It is hosted by the artists’ collective, Atis Rezistans, and has taken place every two years starting in December 2009. The Ghetto Biennale is attempting to momentarily transform spaces, dialogues and relationships considered un-navigable and unworkable into transcultural, creative platforms. The Ghetto Biennale has realised a ‘chaotic, amorphous, de-institutionalised space’ for artistic production that attempts to offer a vibrant creative platform to artists from wide socioeconomic classes.
GHETTO BIENNALE http://www.ghettobiennale.org/
Dr. Hilary Brown has been active in the field of culture and regional development for the past 20 years, and is currently the Programme Manager, Culture and Community Development at the CARICOM Secretariat. Dr. Brown is responsible for coordinating the culture, youth and gender programmes in the CARICOM region, which includes the management of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA). CARIFESTA is a roving, multidisciplinary, mega arts festival that attracts artists from over twenty-five countries in the Caribbean and Latin America and from the Caribbean diaspora. The Festival celebrates diversity and excellence in the arts and serves as a platform for the development of the creative industries. The Festival was first held in Guyana in 1972 and has been held fourteen times in eight countries, most recently in Trinidad and Tobago in August 2019.
Lina María Gaviria is from Medellín-Colombia, with eight years of experience in public cultural management working as manager of the International Festival of Contemporary Dance Medellín, Bogotá, and as a City Manager of IDARTES cultural & art buildings at the Bogota City Hall. Her current role is Secretary of Culture in Medellín City Hall. The Flowers Festival takes place in Medellín-Colombia. The festival goes to every home and every street in Medellín with the Ruta de las Flores (Flower Route), a lounge pre-recorded cultural agenda, concerts on terraces, roofs and hills; sculptures, streets and balconies are decorated with flowers and colours.
FLOWERS FAIR https://www.medellin.gov.co/irj/portal/medellin?NavigationTarget=navurl://87cd563d6bb2f7dc513380e265cb6c7b
Rucera Seethal is artistic director of the multi-disciplinary National Arts Festival, now in its 46th year. The National Arts Festival is an important event on the South African cultural calendar, and one of the biggest annual celebrations of the arts on the African continent. Spanning 11 days and in its live format typically mounted across 90-odd different venues in its home city of Makhanda in the Eastern Cape, the Festival enjoys strong participation from artists from South Africa, but also internationally.
NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL https://nationalartsfestival.co.za