Date:18 May 2018 - By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho
The ambitious founder of Charismatic Rhythms, Kagiso Kekana, embarked on an international study tour to Ireland in Europe during the past week.
The tour was being hosted by the European Union and the Irish Arts Council, in partnership with Sibikwa Arts Centre in South Africa. The tour took place between Monday and today (Friday).
“As part of the study tour, South Dublin will be host to the South African Department of Arts and Culture and EU-funded programme Shukuma Mzansi! (Shake up the South) and the European Union-South African International Community Arts Centres Dialogue Project,” she said.
Ireland was chosen as the base for the international delegation because of its strong foundations in community arts practices, policies and systems of supports. The study visit was hosted by the Arts Council and Tallaght Community Arts, in association with Rua Red and the Civic Theatre in Tallaght.
The delegates, which include the Ministry of Arts and Culture in South Africa and community arts centre professionals from South Africa, France and Belgium, were welcomed by the ambassador of South Africa in Ireland, Mr Ahlangene Cyprian Sigcau.
Shukuma Mzansi engaged in a number of discussion events with Irish arts organisations and others interested and experienced in community and collaborative arts practice. The cultural and artistic programme was designed to benefit all speakers, attendees and visiting delegates.
''The theme of the visit included community arts practice and policy, community engagement, inclusive programming and young people and the arts,” she said. “At least 60 artists and arts professionals based in Ireland, along with visitors, participated over the course of the week. The trip was an eye-opening for me as I lead a orientated arts organisation that still needs to grow.”
The artistic director at Charismatic Rhythms, Kagiso Kekana, boards a flight from Polokwane International Airport to OR Tambo International Airport for an Ireland trip.
By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho
Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho was born in 1984 in Madombidzha village, not far from Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. After submitting articles for roughly a year for Limpopo Mirror's youth supplement, Makoya, he started writing for the main newspaper. He is a prolific writer who published his first book, titled A Traumatic Revenge in 2011. It focusses on life on the street and how to survive amidst poverty. His second book titled The Violent Gestures of Life was published in 2014.