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Shake Up the South – Shukuma Mzansi!

South Dublin will be host to Shukuma Mzansi (meaning Shake Up the South), a European Union – South African International Community Arts Centres Dialogue Project from May 14 to 18, 2018.

Ireland was chosen as the base for the international delegation due to its strong foundations in community arts practice, policies and systems of supports. The study visit is being hosted by the Arts Council and Tallaght Community Arts in association with Rua Red and the Civic Theatre in Tallaght.

The delegates which include the Ministry of Arts and Culture in South Africa and community arts centre professionals from South Africa, France and Belgium will be welcomed by the Ambassador of South Africa,Mr Ahlangene Cyprian Sigcau.

Shukuma Mzansi will include a number of discussion events with Irish arts organisations and others interested and experienced in community and collaborative arts practice and will provide a valuable international exchange and learning opportunity for speakers and attendees as well as visiting delegates.

The theme of the visit include community arts practice and policy, community engagement, inclusive programming and young people and the arts and up to 60 artists and arts professionals based in Ireland will participate over the course of the week. The group will also visit Firestation Artist Studios and Common Ground to experience first-hand how the arts provide a valuable source of and catalyst for community interconnectivity.

Please note that numbers for all study visit events are limited given the discursive and interactive nature of the visit.

The Shukuma Mzansi! Shake Up the South! International Community Arts Centres Dialogue Projectis led by Sibikwa Arts Centre in partnership with the National Department of Arts and Culture in South Africa, and is funded through the SA-EU Dialogue Facility.

Further information

For further details about the EU – SA Shukuma Mzansi! study visit to Ireland and related events please contact:

Tallaght Community Arts |Jennifer Webster jenniferiwebster@hotmail.com

Arts Council | Sinead O’Reilly sinead.oreilly@artscouncil.ie

For further information on the Shukuma Mzansi International Dialogue project please contact Janneke Strijdonk jannekes@iafrica.com


Timetable Overview: 

09.15 Arrival and refreshments 
Let’s get familiar led byJenny Macdonald 
12.00 Welcome to Tallaght | Civic reception and light lunch 
13.30 The Arts in Ireland , an overview by Martin Drury 
14.15 People and Places: 
Moderated by Sinead O’Reilly, Arts Council 
Panel: Dr Victoria Durrer, Kevin Murphy, Aine Crowley 
17.15 Róisín Whelan | Dance Artist performance

9.15 Arrival and refreshments 
Young People and the Arts – Moderated by Martin Drury.
Panel: Rhona Dunnett, Rosaleen Molloy, Orla Scannell, Veronica Coburn 
12.45 Lunch and theatre performance by Freshly Ground 
13.30 Study visit to Firestation Artists’ Studios facilitated by Helen Carey

09.15 Arrival and refreshments 
Community and Collaborative Arts | models of practice in Europe
Moderated by Ailbe Murphy
Panel: Tony Fegan, Michael Barker Caven, Yoann Gauvry, Siobhan Geoghegan, Staf Pelckmans , Edmund Mhlongo, Carla Fazio

14.00 – 16.30 Connecting Policy and Practice 
Moderated by Avril Joffe and Martin Drury

09.15 Arrival and refreshments 
Inclusive Programming 
Moderated by Ann O’Connor
Guest Speakers: Dr. Tara Byrne, Padraig Naughton, Claire Meaney, Justine Foster 
13.45 Study visit to Common Ground facilitated by Siobhan Geoghegan


10.00 – 12.00 What have we learned? A group reflection on the study visit with Jenny Macdonald
12.00 – 17.00 Delegates visit organisations / sites of individual interest.














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