Invitation to join arts exploration

Akhona Jolingana

A collaboration between ASSITEJ South Africa and Drama for Life (DFL) will soon host a ‘conference and festival’ to explore the current Arts landscape in the time of Covid-19, supported by the National Lotteries Commission of SA and the City of Johannesburg.

  In response to the global pandemic, DFL and ASSITEJ South Africa invite participants to an intergenerational exploration with students, children, artists, facilitators, young academics and DFL alumni and staff, where everyone is invited to share, between 20 and 24 August 2020.

  The Conference and Festival investigates the fundamental questions of Masidlale: Exploring Connection; How do we play, explore and co-create now; How can the Arts respond to disconnection; How do we ‘come together’ to create during this time; How can theatre be reimagined as a place for healing and connection; Who are our collaborators and how do we journey together?

  The event will include Zoom conversations, online creative experiments, panel conversations, online/virtual performances, and discussions, and play readings from the ASSITEJ SA In the Works, platform.

  This year’s crop of 10 writers was selected from over 40 applicants from all over South Africa, Botswana and Kenya. The writers are Jade Beeby, Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile, Lereko Mfono, Maimouna Jallow, Mathabo Tlali, Modisana Mabale, Sanelisiwe Yekani, Siphumeze Khundayi, Uvile Ximba and Zinhle Mbokane. 

  It will also host French playwright and dramaturge Karin Serres, and Rives Collins, US playwright. The deadline for submissions is 20 July 2020. Visit

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