Drama for Life Celebrates 10 Years of Transforming Lives through Art on the African Continent with Ground-breaking Conference and Festival

Johannesburg, South Africa: Drama for Life, a unique academic department and creative research hub on the African continent specializing in using the arts to innovate social change, transformation and healing, is set to celebrate a decade of ground-breaking and cutting-edge innovations on the African continent and abroad, with ten days of exciting theatre and research from around the globe with their Transforming Arts|Transforming Lives Conference and Festival, at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) from 28 November to 8 December 2018.

Stretching over 10 days, Transforming Arts | Transforming Lives is the first conference and festival of this magnitude on the African continent - bringing together artists, activists, applied drama facilitators, drama therapists, educators and academics from Africa to Brazil, Sweden and even Canada, to share the most recent innovations, productions and cutting-edge research on arts for social change and transformation, happening on the global stage.

During these times of great international socio-political change and turmoil, the conference and festival is led by a variety of dynamic womxn, including Sibongile Khumalo, Zimitri Erasmus, Mmatshilo Motsei, Jennie Reznek, Nondumiso Msimanga, Shelley Barry, Sara Matchett and many more, whose voices and revolutionary ideas will take centre stage as they shine the light on themes ranging from trauma, intersectional gender and identity politics, mental health, and the decolonial African project, engaging with these crucial themes in critical and exciting ways ranging from workshops, presentations and reflection sessions to creatively challenging theatre productions.

Join us as we celebrate and witness the exciting power of arts in transforming lives, both nationally and internationally, at the Drama for Life Conference and Festival, Transforming Arts | Transforming Lives.

View the full event programme here.