Episode 4: Arts in crisis: the role of creativity and the arts in times of physical isolation
Writer Ben Okri argues that in the crisis of this pandemic we need art more than ever. “We need art to remind us why life is worth living. …It is in the face of death that art becomes most powerful”.However, the arts industry that includes artists and many more behind the scenes labour, came to a complete standstill before the lockdown. This has put many people in the arts sector in a precarious position.Art is often understood as being crucial to a sense of hope and well-being; to express resistance and to offer room for imagining alternatives. What are the opportunities and difficulties for artists to respond to this moment? How are arts-activists adapting to a world that is in isolation? What does the future hold for the arts?
Mike van Graan is a playwright and works in the field of cultural policy. He has coordinated various artists’ structures including the National Arts Coalition which heavily influenced the first White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage and Arterial Network, a Pan-African network of creatives and cultural NGOs engaged in culture, human rights and development. He is currently a fellow at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS).
Qondiswa James is a theatre-maker, performance artist, film and theatre performer, installation artist, writer, arts facilitator and activist. She is currently studying her MA in Live Art, Interdisciplinary and Public Art at the Institute of Creative Arts.
Anele Selekwa is a political educator currently working with the International Labour Research and Information Group. He is an organiser with anti-capitalist hip-hop group, Soundz of the South. His work is engaged in movement building through the arts and political education.
Tuesday, 28 April 2020 
13:00 – 14:30 

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This episode is part of a 5-part video education series on the Covid-19 crisis. More information about episode 5 will follow.