Arts and Culture leads Africa Month activities through dialogues and festivals

21 May 2015

WeAreAfrica_BlogThe Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) in conjunction with various government departments, private organisations as well as other civil societies continues to lead Africa Month commemorations to celebrate our unique African identity. Africa Month is celebrated under the theme; we are Africa – Opening the doors of learning and culture to promote peace and friendship from Cape to Cairo.

This theme is amongst others seeks to encourage and strengthen socio-economic and political integration, as well as to enhance social cohesion within the continent.

The department is leading and coordinating nation-wide Africa Month Festival of Ideas & Cultural Exchange that is taking place throughout the month of May and beyond. The month of May will also provide a strategic platform and network for panel discussions, dialogues, lectures, literature, exhibitions, film and fashion amongst others.

President Jacob Zuma will lead the annual Africa Day celebrations on Sunday, 24 May 2015 at the University of Pretoria, Mamelodi Campus. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Building a Better Africa and a Better World”.Africa Day is celebrated annually within the African continent to mark the formation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on 25 May 1963 and the African Union in 2002 and the progress made by the continent since then to advance democracy, peace, stability and socio-economic development.

Other activities that will take place during Africa Month are scheduled as follows:

  • The Department of Arts and Culture in collaboration with the !Kauru Contemporary Art from Africa will open the !Kauru 2015 Exhibition: Towards Intersections. The event takes place tonight, Thursday, 21 May 2015 at the UNISA Space Art Gallery in Pretoria.

This exhibition will explore conversations through artworks of contemporary artists from Africa and its Diaspora. The Kauru 2015 Exhibition will run until 30th of June.

  • The Department will host the annual Africa Motherland Festival 22-25 May at Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre, in Inanda Ntuzuma Kwa-Mashu, Kwazulu Natal to celebrate Africa Month.

Now on its 3rd year, the festival will be celebrated through unique festivities of theatre, diverse music, dance, poetry, food, craft and film. The festival will encompass the participation of different African countries such as Ethiopia, Egypt, Mali and Zimbabwe.

  • Africa Month Film Festival to take place on 22-23 May 2015 at the University of the North West Campus, in North West Province to showcase films from different African continent. The Festival will showcase films such as Cry of Love, Tribute to the Frontline, and Plot for Peace amongst others.
  • Arts and Culture Deputy Minister, Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi, will lead the annual Africa Day Celebrations on Saturday, 23 May 2015, at the Makuleke ground in Malamulele, Limpopo.
  • The Department of Arts and Culture will host the second-leg of WeAreAfrica Fashion Spectacular on Saturday, 23 May 2015 at Moses Mabhida in Durban. This Africa month Fashion showpiece is aimed at promoting cultural exchange, integration, unity and solidarity within the continent.
  • The Africa Month Dialogue and lecture titled “Africa Cinema: Prospects and Possibilities”, which will take place on Saturday Monday, 23 May at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan, Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape.
  • The Department of Arts and Culture in partnership with Africa meets Europe cuisine will host the Mzansi International Culinary Festival (MICF); a food extravaganza aimed at celebrating the rich culture of African cuisine during Africa month. The event will take place from 23 to 24 May 2015 at Tintswalo Waterfall, Kyalami, in Midrand.
  • Gcwala Ngamasiko traditional Song and Dance Festival – Finale Day. This Festival will take place on 24 May 2015 at Walter Sisulu Square, cnr Klipspruit Valley and Square Roads, Kliptown in Soweto, Johannesburg.
  • The Africa Month Dialogue and lecture titled Writing and performance Master class, to take place Monday, 25 May 2015 at Luthuli Museum, Groutville, KwaDukuza in KwaZulu Natal.
  • The Department will host the Pan African Congress on culture from 25-29 May 2015 at Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg. Minister Mthethwa will open the conference.
  • The Africa Month Colloquium titled, Being African in the world,” will take place on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 at the University of Johannesburg, Soweto campus in Gauteng.
  • The Africa Month Colloquium titled, “Being African in the world,” will take place on Thursday, 28 May 2015 at Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha, Eastern Cape.
  • Also on Thursday, 28 May, the Department of Arts and Culture will host Africa Month Colloquium titled,“Languages, culture and Africa’s economic development”, at the Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein, Free State.
  •  Then on Friday the 29 May, DAC will host the Month Colloquium titled, “The long day of ideas and the long night of poets,” at Johannesburg Theatre in Gauteng.

These activities are part of the Africa Month activities to promote African identity, as well as to entrench African values and ethics in the continent.

“We believe our programme will contribute to the attainment of the African Union’s vision 2063 which strives for an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena,” said Mthethwa.

Government encourages all residents in the Republic of South Africa, the rest of the African continent and the African Diaspora to participate in the Africa Month activities.

Enquiries: Sandile Memela: 082 800 3750.

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