GABORONE, Botswana, August 2019 — Young Africa Botswana in conjunction with The Embassy of The Kingdom of the Netherlands in South Africa is calling on all interested play writers, theatre actors/directors and associated professions within the theatre industry to participate in a Meet & Greet Session with one of South Africa’s most renowned playwrights and cultural activists, Mike van Graan.
The event will be hosted at the Lady Olebile Masire Youth Centre today (August 1st from 2:00p.m to 4:00p.m) and will also feature special guests from The Embassy of Kingdom of the Netherlands in South Africa.
“The purpose of this Meet & Greet session is to allow for participating arts practitioners within the theatre industry to engage with Van Graan on how they may diversify their creative works to reach more impactful and sustainable markets locally,” said Young Africa Botswana Executive Director, Jelena Mitrović.
Mitrović said topics to look out for will range from but are not limited to:
· Arts Activism and its impact on society
· The need for Cultural Advocacy in policy and,
· How Batswana practitioners can assist policy making for development of their Industry
Mike van Graan is the President of the African Cultural Policy Network and an award-winning playwright with thirty-two plays under his belt. He is currently an artist-in-residence at the University of Pretoria where he was conferred with an honorary doctorate in 2018 in recognition of his cultural activism and creative work. After South Africa’s first democratic elections, he was appointed as a Special Adviser to the minister responsible for arts and culture, where he played an influential role in shaping post-apartheid cultural policies.
He has served in leadership roles in anti-apartheid and post-apartheid cultural formations, as well as in Pan-African organizations like Arterial Network, promoting the creative sector and its contribution to human rights, democracy and development. He currently also serves as the interim secretariat for the nascent Global South Arts and Culture Initiative (GLOSACI). https://www.nepad.org/skillsportalforyouth/good-practice/reframing-tvet-capacitate-youth-employment-botswana
“We believe his input to our conversation of developing the arts industry in order to diversify our economy, will be useful to all those participating and would appreciate your presence then,” added Mitrović.