by Bhekilizwe Ndlovu
I enjoyed the whole process. On the 2nd day I sat next to Cletus Moyo, a former Masters class mate and this kindled memories of 2009. It felt like a regrouping exercise and I think the smallness of the conference spoke more to that than anything else.
The presentations were purely applied work where we came face to face with real life issues and were able to speak not just as academics but as human beings seeking answers to the different challenges of life that confront us as individuals and as communities.
Mapula's performance for me was the highlight of the performances because of it's lightness. The childlike presentation kept me smiling throughout as this 'adult' child played. When she eventually got her suitcase and left I was like 'ouch growing up has happened there...' and I just wished I could say to her, 'Don't grow up,it's a trap...' Now she had to deal with the father issues as an adult and that's a lot of work
The Cultural Policy white paper discussion was another practical process. You got the feeling that given focused leadership this country could become a powerhouse of real community engagement and existence. So you saw disjointed pieces of reasoning in that policy document but you still felt South Africa could do better. It whet my appetite to get involved in culture work. I could see projects coming out of that paper, serious projects.
So yah, what a small yet powerful get together and reflexive space. Thank you guys!