Cultural Creative Workshop Series

Take your imagination by surprise and join our interactive cultural creative workshop series. Each workshop is customised and built to take you on this Incredible journey to ignite and inspire your joy and creativity.

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Online creative Cultural Workshop Series

Take your imagination by surprise and join our online interactive cultural creative workshop series via zoom. Each workshop is customised and built to take you on this Incredible journey to ignite and inspire your joy and creativity.

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WORKSHOP 1 – IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE FIRST ARTISTS

12 September

Introduction to origins of human creativity: cultural and social significance of Blombos Cave

Exploring art and music of the First Peoples including the Khoisan, and rock art, reference to symbolism of the Eland

Musical soundscape performance & demonstration by hunting bow player Glen Arendse

Introduction by representatives of the Western Cape Khoisan Council & Cochoqua Khoisan Tribe

Visualisation and facilitated drawing exercise: identifying symbols of personal and collective meaning

Breakaway groups: sharing, response and interpretation of drawn symbols

Plenary sharing & reflection

WORKSHOP 1 – IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE FIRST ARTISTS

12 September

Introduction to origins of human creativity: cultural and social significance of Blombos Cave

Exploring art and music of the First Peoples including the Khoisan, and rock art, reference to symbolism of the Eland

Musical soundscape performance & demonstration by hunting bow player Glen Arendse

Introduction by representatives of the Western Cape Khoisan Council & Cochoqua Khoisan Tribe

Visualisation and facilitated drawing exercise: identifying symbols of personal and collective meaning

Breakaway groups: sharing, response and interpretation of drawn symbols

Plenary sharing & reflection

WORKSHOP 2 – HONOURING OUR AFRICAN CULTURAL ROOTS

3 October

Presentation re isiZulu, isiXhosa,  seSotho,  seTswana,  isiVenda, Ndebele, isiPedi  and siSwati people’s migration within South Africa. 

Examining South African traditional dance forms: dance & music & speaking

Exploring distinct design traditions using siZulu, isiXhosa, seSotho and Ndebele artwork and adornment examples

Interpreting and generating new designs using traditional design vocabularies  

Sharing in plenary 

Online exhibition

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WORKSHOP 2 – HONOURING OUR AFRICAN CULTURAL ROOTS

3 October

Presentation re isiZulu, isiXhosa,  seSotho,  seTswana,  isiVenda, Ndebele, isiPedi  and siSwati people’s migration within South Africa. 

Examining South African traditional dance forms: dance & music & speaking

Exploring distinct design traditions using siZulu, isiXhosa, seSotho and Ndebele artwork and adornment examples

Interpreting and generating new designs using traditional design vocabularies  

Sharing in plenary 

Online exhibition

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WORKSHOP 3 – MARABI KWELA:  Sophiatown’s uniquely South African sounds and jive

24 October

Presentation re context of Sophiatown urban culture and history of Sophiatown in relation to Apartheid

  • Breakaway discussion re. examples of creativity and cultural expression that thrive in spite of adversity.
  • Plenary sharing & reflection
  • Familiarising with audio examples of marabi & kwela including music that reflects their influence
  • Demonstration & participation in marabi kwela dance moves

WORKSHOP 3 – MARABI KWELA:  Sophiatown’s uniquely South African sounds and jive

24 October

Presentation re context of Sophiatown urban culture and history of Sophiatown in relation to Apartheid

  • Breakaway discussion re. examples of creativity and cultural expression that thrive in spite of adversity.
  • Plenary sharing & reflection
  • Familiarising with audio examples of marabi & kwela including music that reflects their influence
  • Demonstration & participation in marabi kwela dance moves

WORKSHOP 4  – UMSWENKO: Move to your own beat

14 November

A celebration of impeccable style and self-expression, Umswenko is a contemporary South African movement originally expressed by miners, finding ways to convey identity outside of work.

Presentation including examples of umswenko  and amaswank

Participants dress and present themselves in their own swank

Presentation regarding archetypes of identity and the symbolism of popular styles.

Breakaway discussion re. cultural symbolism of costume, adornment & style in forging personal and collective identity.

Reflection in plenary

NB participants consider their own style and own identification

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WORKSHOP 4  – UMSWENKO: Move to your own beat

14 November

A celebration of impeccable style and self-expression, Umswenko is a contemporary South African movement originally expressed by miners, finding ways to convey identity outside of work.

Presentation including examples of umswenko  and amaswank

Participants dress and present themselves in their own swank

Presentation regarding archetypes of identity and the symbolism of popular styles.

Breakaway discussion re. cultural symbolism of costume, adornment & style in forging personal and collective identity.

Reflection in plenary

NB participants consider their own style and own identification

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WORKSHOP 5 – THE VOICES OF WOMEN – Every year the Cape Town Carnival honours the women of our country.

5 December

Presentation & discussion re the voice of women in society 

Identifying & differentiating traditional and contemporary role models, voicing perspectives 

Breakaway discussion: Expressing & witnessing to the challenges experienced by women. Voicing the power & perspectives of women 

Contextualising the roles and responsibilities of men with relation to women in South Africa 

Creative interpretation of the voices of women 

Plenary sharing & reflection

WORKSHOP 5 – THE VOICES OF WOMEN – Every year the Cape Town Carnival honours the women of our country.

5 December

Presentation & discussion re the voice of women in society 

Identifying & differentiating traditional and contemporary role models, voicing perspectives 

Breakaway discussion: Expressing & witnessing to the challenges experienced by women. Voicing the power & perspectives of women 

Contextualising the roles and responsibilities of men with relation to women in South Africa 

Creative interpretation of the voices of women 

Plenary sharing & reflection

    WORKSHOP 6  – ONE HEART, MANY VOICES: Celebration of cultural diversity in South Africa

    16 January 2021

    Introduction re diversity & inclusivity 

    Demonstration and explanation of Indian traditional dance + participation 

    Demonstration and background of traditional Chinese dance + participation 

    Observations and sharing 

    Demonstration and explanation of traditional Portuguese dance + participation 

    Demonstration and background of Middle Eastern  bellydance + participation 

    Observations and sharing 

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    WORKSHOP 6  – ONE HEART, MANY VOICES: Celebration of cultural diversity in South Africa

    16 January 2021

    Introduction re diversity & inclusivity 

    Demonstration and explanation of Indian traditional dance + participation 

    Demonstration and background of traditional Chinese dance + participation 

    Observations and sharing 

    Demonstration and explanation of traditional Portuguese dance + participation 

    Demonstration and background of Middle Eastern  bellydance + participation 

    Observations and sharing 

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    WORKSHOP 7 – A CHANGING NATION

    6 February 2021

    Contextualising symbols of social change in South Africa

    Breakaway discussion re.  unofficial and popular national symbols including symbolism of utata uMadiba as father of the nation.

    Discussion & sharing re the meanings & experience of “the new South Africa”

    Contextualising dance and protest in South Africa, including reference to other artforms involved in protest, emphasis on Toyi Toyi as a call for change. The South African tradition of demonstrating through song, dance, music and movement is one of the strongest examples of the proactive power of our people.

    Identify current social challenges and needs for social change in South Africa

    Breakaway discussion on the role of art & creativity in forging social change and contributing to society and social resilience

    Physical demonstration and participation in dance movement and vocalising in the style of toyi-toyi and gumboot dancing

    “Next time we’ll envision the next chapter of the South African journey “

    WORKSHOP 7 – A CHANGING NATION

    6 February 2021

    Contextualising symbols of social change in South Africa 

    Breakaway discussion re.  unofficial and popular national symbols including symbolism of utata uMadiba as father of the nation.  

    Discussion & sharing re the meanings & experience of “the new South Africa” 

    Contextualising dance and protest in South Africa, including reference to other artforms involved in protest, emphasis on Toyi Toyi as a call for change. The South African tradition of demonstrating through song, dance, music and movement is one of the strongest examples of the proactive power of our people.  

    Identify current social challenges and needs for social change in South Africa 

    Breakaway discussion on the role of art & creativity in forging social change and contributing to society and social resilience 

    Physical demonstration and participation in dance movement and vocalising in the style of toyi-toyi and gumboot dancing 

    “Next time we’ll envision the next chapter of the South African journey “

      WORKSHOP 8  – AFROFUTURE explosion of creativity

      27 February 2021

      Contextualise African creativity and ingenuity as shaping the future we dream of right now.  

      Identifying fears & beliefs around our country’s future: clearing fear and doubt by making space for them. 

      Visualisation and drawing symbols and images of the desired future South African reality 

      Interpretation and sharing 

      Identify desired qualities of social relationships, social contracts and social contact

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      WORKSHOP 8  – AFROFUTURE explosion of creativity

      27 February 2021

      Contextualise African creativity and ingenuity as shaping the future we dream of right now.  

      Identifying fears & beliefs around our country’s future: clearing fear and doubt by making space for them. 

      Visualisation and drawing symbols and images of the desired future South African reality 

      Interpretation and sharing 

      Identify desired qualities of social relationships, social contracts and social contact

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