Challenging widespread perceptions of dagga use

Who smokes weed? Why do these people use it? What effect does weed have on society? What do we do about this drug “problem”? These are some of the questions that are often answered with stereotypes and misconceptions, either by ourselves or the people around us based on a lack of knowledge or being misinformed….

The difficulty of dealing with gender-based violence

How do you unsettle, unlearn and undo gender based violence? Many conversations have been had and hopefully, will continue to be had about the subject. It’s often easy to walk away feeling dizzy and hopeless at the realisation of how multifaceted the subject is and wondering where to begin in order to move forward. Panelists Catriona Mcleod, Gorata…

Women pursuing cultural leadership despite challenges

Women are slowly making their way up in the world with things shifting and changing considerably over the years. The arts industry in particular is showing good signs. It was recently announced that 80% of this years National Arts Festival programme is written, created, directed or headlined by women.

Painful-to-view art inspires compassion and empathy

With over 50 million refugees across the world, the global migrant and refugee crisis is ongoing and filled with myriad experiences of human suffering.  “So, what can the arts do?” asks Think!Fest convener, Anthea Garman. Three artists, Lereko Mfono, James Oatway and Brett Bailey come together to discuss whether, through their own work, they can inspire compassion which…

After disruption, we need conversation

Controversial media creates controversial and often differing responses. We’ve seen this with the media coverage of the South African student protests during the past year. Following a public screening of DISRUPT, two reporters share their perspectives on the documentary about the rape culture at the University currently known as Rhodes (UCKAR).

Connecting people through the arts for reconciliation, activism and healing.

In the midst of an ongoing Arts Festival, two panel discussions on the Think!Fest programme today delve into the context of theatre and the arts. In particular, the South African context, where theatre can be considered a tool for reconciliation, activism and healing. However, we’ve got a long way to go.

Muslim women hit hardest by Islamophobia

“Brexit was never about resistance against the overkill of European rules and laws which the British felt restrained their freedom and possibility. It was never about taking control of our own law again which they said very often. It was always about xenophobia, about an irrational hatred for foreigners and immigrants[…]. Blaming their problems on…

Gender activism through the arts

Gender is a recurring topic in the 2016 Festival programme. Gender has always been something multifaceted and fluid and is increasingly being discussed more in the public sphere. A panel made up of Hassnae Bouazza, Gertrude Fester, Tracey Saunders and Warren Nebe bring their different thoughts to the table, creating a fruitful discussion.

The value of art goes beyond the price tag

Jen Snowball’s talk was a fitting kick-off for Think!Fest as it offered insight into the broader impact of arts, culture and creativity on the South African economy. During the National Arts Festival, hundreds of people are employed in various festival related jobs. Several people get a platform to perform and sell their arts while others travel across the…