AFROPUNK ANNOUNCES SOLUTION SESSIONS FEATURING BLACK LIVES MATTER FOUNDERS, THAMI DISH & DREAM HAMPTON AND AFROPUNK ARMY VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME
AFROPUNK SOLUTION SESSIONS, 28 AND 29 DECEMBER, CONSTITUTION HILL, JOHANNESBURG . ENTRANCE FREE.
THIS CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FORUM / PODCAST WILL FEATURE:
FOUNDERS OF THE BLACK LIVES MATTER GLOBAL NETWORK, ALICIA GARZA AND PATRISSE CULLORS; LGTBI ACTIVISTS THAMI KOTLOLO AND THOKOZANI NDABA; FILMMAKER / ORGANISER / AUTHOR DREAM HAMPTON
FANS TO EARN FREE FESTIVAL TICKETS BY BECOMING AFROPUNK ARMY VOLUNTEERS ON THE 15TH OF DECEMBER AT CONSTITUTION HILL
AFROPUNK Solution Sessions, the people’s forum-turned-critically acclaimed podcast, will return to Joburg on the 28th and 29th of December 2018 for two nights of live events ahead of AFROPUNK Joburg 2018. Hosted by the veteran American social activist and podcaster, Bridget Todd, AFROPUNK Solution Sessions will feature the two founding members of the Black Lives Matter movement, the writers/organizers/public speakers Patrisse Cullors and Alicia Garza. Also appearing are: South African LGBTI activists Thami Kotlolo and Thokozani Ndaba, plus American author/filmmaker/organiser Dream Hampton, amongst others. The Solution Sessions are free and open to the public.
People can RSVP at: https://afropunk.howler.co.za/events/4057
As excitement continues to build for AFROPUNK Joburg 2018, which takes place on the 30th and 31st of December at Constitution Hill, the festival continues its social impact earned-ticket program. The initiative, called AFROPUNK (AP) ARMY, is part of the AFROPUNK Global Initiative (AGI) and gives fans the opportunity to gain admittance to the iconic festival in exchange for volunteer and community service. This year’s day of social action and service, 15th December, will be in partnership with Constitution Hill, and in celebration of 22 years of the Constitution of South Africa,
Says CEO of Constitution Hill Dawn Robertson. “We are proud to host the AFROPUNK Festival again and to take courage in the power of the collective – it is only by standing together that we can continue to change the world.”
Communities in Joburg — Maboneng, Braamfontein, Newtown — and all of Joburgers fiercest and brightest are invited to join AP ARMY for a day of action and service on 15 December 2018. This gathering will serve to unite neighbors and help build stronger community ties with the common goal of authentic urban renewal and revitalizing shared public spaces around the symbolic Constitution Hill site. The day’s activities will include: painting, rubbish and graffiti removal and refurbishing discarded facilities. All participants who attend and enthusiastically participate in the day’s activities will receive ONE (1) General Admission weekend ticket to attend AFROPUNK Joburg 2018 on 30 and 31 December 2018! People must register to attend. Space is limited. Sign up at afropunk.howler.co.za/APArmyServiceDay
The theme at the AFROPUNK Joburg festival this year is THE PEOPLE RESIST, a call to action against racism, patriarchy and any form of hate. AFROPUNK Joburg will feature Kwesta, DJ Maphorisa, Thandiswa, Moonchild Sanelly, Phuzekhemisi, Ready D, The Internet, Thundercat, Flying Lotus, Kaytranada, Muzi, Azagaia, YoungstaCPT, Dope Saint Jude, FAKA, BBZ, Big Freedia, Nomisupasta, Automatic Live, Azagaia and BCUC. Anais B, TYGAPAW, K-$, DJ Coco.em, Deniece Marz and Phatstoki will be on the decks. Tickets are available via https://afropunk.howler.co.za/AP2018
The AFROPUNK SOLUTION SESSIONS programming will be presented in collaboration with Red Bull Amaphiko from 12:00 to 17:00 on the 28th and 29th of December.
Special guests for the 2018 conversations include: Two of the co-founders of the American based Black Lives Matter Global Network — artist and organizer Patrisse Cullors, and writer, organizer, public speaker Alicia Garza. Thami Kotlolo, founder of the Thami Dish Foundation that mentors and educates young LGBTI leaders, LGBTI Theater Activist and performer, Thokozani Ndaba. Filmmaker, writer and organizer from Detroit, Dream Hampton. Self-proclaimed mayor of South African street culture — entrepreneur, host, and content creator, Frypan. Youth activist, facilitator, and project manager for Africa Matters Initiative, Aluwani Ramarumo.
Black Lives Matter has grown from a hashtag to one of the most influential social justice and resistance movements in the world today. BLMGN is partnering with AFROPUNK Joburg in celebration of the social justice organization’s Fifth Anniversary.
The programming will also feature members of Red Bull Amaphiko Academy (https://amaphiko.redbull.com/en), a platform for social entrepreneurs, which promotes and uplifts people creating change in their communities, connects agents of change with one another, and shares inspiring stories about social change.
Discussion topics will include youth resistance, radical self-care, male and female gender roles and communication, and LGBTQ+ cultural community conversations.
Constitution Hill is a living museum that tells the story of South Africa’s journey from colonisation and apartheid to democracy. A former prison complex that was once defined by the gravest of human rights abuses, it is now the home of the highest court in South Africa, the Constitutional Court. Constitution Hill is the representation of our nation’s capacity for change, a change that can only be driven by the people. It carries the pulse of all South Africans – irrespective of age, colour, creed, gender or sexual orientation.
“AFROPUNK is more than a music festival – it represents a fusion of cultures, languages and colours from all around the world. It is a transformative festival that reminds us that we all belong; that there is so much more that unites us than divides us. It provides the platform for expression of a shared vision – of a world free from racism, sexism, ableism, ageism, homophobia, fatphobia and hatred.” Says Roberston.
SOLUTION SESSIONS FULL PROGRAMME
DAY ONE (28 December)
Theme: Gender & Politics
A temperature check for male- and female-identifying individuals, discussing and confronting current issues and topics around gender roles and relations as they relate to community, equality, sexual violence, and forward movement.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO US: THE STATE OF THE DIASPORA IN 2018
A community conversation exploring the current global state of Black and Brown socio-political issues and identifying clear solutions that have led to progress and what comes next.
AFRICAN, QUEER & FREE: CULTURE, IDENTITY, AND TRADITION
The LGBTQIA+ community in 32 African countries face criminalization and discrimination. This conversation will explore solutions on how we address young Africans learning to be more authentic in their identity while being ostracized by their communities and cultural traditions.
DAY TWO (29 December)
Theme: Youth Resistance & Radical Self-Care
THE YOUNG BLACK RESISTANCE
Young activists and social entrepreneurs speak on highlights of global youth resistance and about living without labels.
AMAPHIKO PRESENTS: MEET THE INNOVATORS
Meet social entrepreneurs from the Red Bull Amaphiko Academy –– a platform for social entrepreneurs, which promotes and uplifts people creating change in their communities, connects agents of change with one another, and shares inspiring stories about social change.
RADICAL SELF-CARE + BLACK WELLNESS
A candid dialogue around mental health and self-care. In order to be creative, successful and liberated, you have to get your mind right. Mental wellness, wholeness and focus takes time, hard work and energy. We discuss the issues around mental illness in the Black community, the stigma around mental health, and how we can heal ourselves and our community, with mental health professionals, activists and advocates.
AFROPUNK takes place annually in London, Paris, Brooklyn, Atlanta and, since 2017, Johannesburg. Launched in 2005, the festival revolves around an influential community of young people of all backgrounds, interested in music, art, film, lifestyle sports, fashion, photography and more. They are the influencers, creatives and tastemakers once seen as outsiders, but who now directly affect pop culture.
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