Below are links from the live streaming during the Women’s Humanity Walk and the panel discussions that followed:
Panel discussion: Have we got what we marched for in 1956? (featuring Archbishop Desmond Tutu)
Panel discussion: Trauma healing
And so we did. The first of three started with a panel discussion on Mothers and Memoirs – with panel here (from left) Nancy Richards (facilitator), Ntsiki Sigege, Philippa Kabali-Kagwa, Ruth Carneson, Malika Ndlovu who talked passionately about their books…..reading and reciting from them respectively….
Followed by some very personal stories from Jolyn Phillips and Lindeka Qampi….. The next day the discussion centred around food…..and children…starting with the kids, we heard from three children’s book authors, from the top…..Elana Agnello, Nicole Levin and Lucy Stuart-Clark….
Next came the foodies, in force…..(from the top), Cape Malay food royalty, Cass Abrahams with her daughter (there was an intergenerational theme running through the Festival too) ; two very chatty cooks from Bonteheuwel Koelsoem and Flori as well as sustainable foodies Jules Mercer and Zayaan Khan….. We also got some input from a couple of men….publishers Robin Stuart-Clark as well as Izaak de Vries
On the third and final day of Story Café, a panel discussion on Healing Society through writing was particularly poignant with (from left) Jade Gibson (facilitator), Michelle Hattingh, Leticia from Mosaic and Primrose from Rape Crisis….. Responses from the audience were strong and emotional.
….as was the final storysharing session when Nombeko Mpongo shared her story as an Aids activist author and sassy Busang Senne read from her debut novel. What more appropriate to close the Café with a poem from Bulelwa Basse who was part of the line-up in Women in Song the concert. Earlier poet Yolanda Benya had opened the session.
Last but so not least, two enormous Thank You’s to the team at Clarke’s the Bookshop who set up and sold from a table groaning with wonderful women’s books – and to Sophie Woolley, actress and film maker who very ably ‘periscoped’ the sessions and panel discussions for the world to see. Thank you guys.
The Woman Zone Team
Artscape has held a Women’s Humanity Arts Festival every year for the last decade. This year was special – it marked the 60th anniversary of the Women’s March for of 1956. And so we celebrated – with a statue that honoured ALL women – meet Wire Woman!
But it all began with Marlene le Roux – CEO of Artscape who had the vision for the Festival in the first place – and who honours other women all the time – like sis Thoko Ntshinga here, awarded for her work, and also director of the Festivals closing musical spectacular ‘Women in Song’. So Wire Woman drew the crowds – and VIP’s like Cape Town City Partnership CEO Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana…..
We signed in our ‘sheroes’…..…..
…..and honoured the women who designed her, Sue Kramer and Lovell Friedman who had her brought to life by Street Wires.
Then the day of the Walk finally dawned – and Annie Bisset does some early morning dressing of the truck, kindly loaned to us by Malcolm Moothal of the Tekton Auto Body Repairs with metres and metres of rainbow shweshwe fabric so generously donated by Da Gama Textiles.…..
….and so professionally translated into giant rosettes by Craig Carbutt and Mara Fleischer of the Cape Craft and Design Initiative.
We arrived in the cold light of day to the powerful image of artist Sithembile Msezane performing her ‘extallation’ piece The Charter outside the revered halls of Iziko’s Slave Lodge…..
….and to receive blessings from the leaders of many different faiths, courtesy the South African Faith and Family Institute led by Elizabeth Petersen.
Everyone was there – friends and family, strangers and soul mates – old or newly established…wearing doeks and cultural headdress – and carrying the names of their own cherished ‘sheroes’. And thanks to the Desmond and Leach Tutu Legacy Foundation team for being marshalls!
And so we arrived – the second lot of Walkers, to be greeted by the first – and by the press!
But not before first being addressed by The Arch, archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu and his smiling Leah – as someone put it, ‘The Father with the Mother.’ Our Women’s Humanity Walk 2016 was well and truly blessed!
Thank you to all who walked with us.
The WOMAN ZONE team.
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