DAC to host its annual Africa Month Colloquia

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The annual DAC colloquium, this year’s theme is “Celebrating 25 years of Democracy: Building a Better Africa and a Better World…”

The National Department of Arts and Culture to host Linton Kwesi Johnson in Soweto as part of its Africa Month Colloquia Programme.

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The Department of Arts & Culture (DAC) in partnership with Joburg Theatres will host Colloquia on the literary arts, as part of its Africa Month celebrations.

This year’s Africa Month celebrations are centred on the theme: “Celebrating 25 years of Democracy: Building a Better Africa and a Better World”.

Following from this, the Africa Month Colloquium Programme is focussed on celebrating our literary luminaries, who have fought against racism in the world in their quest for Africa to take pride of place and whose writings have forged a language of liberation and a culture of freedom.

DAC Africa Month Colloquia
DAC Africa Month Colloquia

Leading speakers will focus on “Celebrating Legends in the African Literary World”, and in so doing, they raise the flag for Africa’s languages and African literatures as well as demonstrating “African Solidarity for Africa’s people.”

Celebrating Legends In The African Literary World features leading Jamaican, UK based reggae poet, Linton Kwesi Johnson (aka LKJ). LKJ will deliver a talk at the Luthuli Museum, in Groutville, KwaDukuza on ‘African Consciousness in Reggae Music’ on Monday, 27 May 2019.

He will thereafter deliver the keynote Africa Month address at the Soweto Theatre on Tuesday, 28 May 2019 on celebrating our Literary African heroes.

Linton Kwesi Johnson is a global icon in the music and poetry world. In 2002 he became the second living and only black poet, to be published in the Penguin Modern Poetry series. The programme will also feature readings by acclaimed South African writers including Don Mattera, James Matthews, Diana Ferrus and Sindiwe Magona as well as musical interludes by other artists.

Members of the public are encouraged to come in their numbers to celebrate Africa Month and 25 years of democracy in South Africa.

The Soweto Theatre event on Tuesday 28 May 2019 at 18h00 and is open to members of the public, but booking is essential. Transport will be available from the Joburg Theatre to Soweto Theatre at 17h00 sharp. However, booking is essential for both transport and to reserve a seat at the Soweto Theatre event on Tuesday 28.

The second Colloquium focusing on African solidarity for Africa’s people will take place on 31 May 2019 at 12h00 at the Joburg Theatre. In the session, Authors from Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa will participate in a panel discussion that will unpack the discourse of African solidarity in the midst of the current climatic, socio-political disasters and upheaval, while highlighting the importance of African unity in building the economy, society and culture of the continent at large.

The panel discussion also includes the presentation of a research paper by Prof. Jen Snowball from Rhodes University and the South African Cultural Observatory on “South Africa’s cultural goods trade with Africa: policies and trade potentials in the context of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement.” Adv. Sipho Mantula from Zimbabwe and Prof. Sipho Seepe from Mozambique are slated to form part of the panel which will be chaired by a representative of South African media.

Members of the public are encouraged to come in their numbers to celebrate Africa Month and 25 years of democracy in South Africa.

Further details of the remaining Colloquia programme can be found on www.dac.gov.za

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