The hard lockdown and prohibition of public gathering have generated widespread precarity and insecurity within the Arts sector. Physical distancing and closure of performance venues have curtailed public performances and rehearsal with dire consequences to livelihoods and careers. In regrouping, many performing arts institutions have attempted to adapt by offering new (or newly expanded) digital services. However, lack of consensus, limited funding and uncertainty within a largely unregulated, fractured industry has impacted the way forward.
The discussion will look at the current state of the sector as COVID-19 continues to impact performing arts and aim to unpack principle issues of funding, support and technology as we look beyond the horizon.
Dr Ismail Mahomed – Director of the UKZN Centre for Creative Arts
Mr Iain Ewok Robinson – Poet, writer, actor and alumni of UKZN Drama
Ms Thobile Maphanga – artist, dancer, arts administrator, MA at UKZN
Dr Lliane Loots – Lecturer at School of Arts, UKZN (awardee African Voices Changemakers by CNN) (Facilitator)
Date: 29 April 2021
Time: 14h00 – 15h30
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