Young female leaders invited to share experiences, connect with the world

A brand-new online project in partnership with the British Council - a first for the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK) - aims to create a unique opportunity for young black and coloured women from Oudtshoorn to connect meaningfully with like-minded rising stars and leaders in the United Kingdom (UK).

Through this exciting venture, these women will explore important issues and influences in their respective communities, have frank conversations about life, and explore ideas, stimulate thinking, and connect with the world. All from the beautiful Klein Karoo.

For this project, the KKNK has joined forces with Empatheatre as part of the British Council’s Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies programme (DICE), in collaboration with the SICK! Festival and Young Identity in Manchester, UK.

“We are looking for confident, curious, creative, energetic, and engaged participants,” says Hugo Theart, Artistic Director of the KKNK. “We want to invite leaders, thinkers, dreamers, and storytellers from the KKNK’s hometown of Oudtshoorn to collaborate in this series of exciting online workshops and conversations, which will take place during April and May 2021.

Three participants from Oudtshoorn will be chosen to be part of this programme, which will consist of digital experiences and workshops facilitated by UK and South African creatives, who will use processes and methods inspired by their own theatre and performance poetry backgrounds.

“This project is a springboard for long-term cultural collaborations between the project partners, with the voices of young female leaders at its centre,” says Theart. It will be a dream come true if the three successful candidates’ participation in this programme could result in further involvement with other activities and future projects of the arts festival.

If you are interested, simply record a short (3-4 minute long) video introducing yourself. Feel free to express yourself in any way you wish - either by relating a short story about your life or sharing a memorable experience. Perhaps you want to tell us what your interests, joys and frustrations are, or dream out loud about your hopes for the future? You could express yourself using humour, drama, dance or song, a short poem or a performance. Feel free to get creative and to experiment and play.

Criteria for applications:

  • We are looking for people who enjoy meeting and interacting with others, and who are not shy to express themselves creatively, clearly, and confidently.
  • This programme is for black or coloured women between the ages of 18 and 35.
  • Participants must live in Oudtshoorn.
  • Anyone in the above age bracket can apply – as long as you are available to attend the eight online sessions during April and May 2021 (details and specific times to be confirmed).

Application process:

  • Send your video via WhatsApp or Telegram to 060 848 8131 or via WeTransfer to no later than Friday, 26 March 2021.
  • Your name, surname, cellphone number and email address must be included with your submission.

If you do not receive confirmation of receipt of your application within a day, or if you are unable to record or submit your video, contact Shandré Harris at the KKNK office at 044 203 8600. She will also be able to assist, by appointment only, with the recording of your video at the KKNK’s office at 217 Jan van Riebeeck Road, Oudtshoorn.

Successful candidates will receive a stipend to be part of the programme and a reference letter will be issued to each participant at the end of the project. Candidates will be equipped with the necessary support and technology to participate in all the sessions and workshops.

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