Friday, 8 June 2018

7.  BUILD-UP TO THE INDRA CONGRESS PATHWAYS 

HOSTED BY ARROWSA AND UKZN 

IN DURBAN FROM 2ND TO THE 8TH OF JULY 2018



We have an ongoing build-up to the Indra Congress Pathways that introduces the participants and arts facilitators and organisers to each other and also shares the artworks that the participating groups are working on that they will share with each other at the congress.



Today meet  Shanette Martin who is a director and team leader of South Roots International. Shanette and a team of volunteers will capture and share the Indra Congress Pathways through video and photographs.


Shanette Martin is the director of South Roots International - a non profit company using arts and media as a tool for social transformation.  Shanette studied film and video technology at the Film School of Tshwane University of Technology.


For eight years, Shanette worked between Los Angeles, London and South Africa in the main-stream film industry in post production and as writer/director in independent documentary productions.



In 1994, Shanette turned her focus to addressing issues of injustice in previously disadvantaged communities in South Africa and focused on the upliftment of the Roodewal community in Worcester South Africa.  She was based here for eighteen years, using musical theatre to tell the story of this people group from slavery of colonialism, to slavery of Apartheid, drugs, gangs and alcohol, to their ultimate freedom.  Today members of this community tour internationally, telling their story through the arts, while Shanette now documents such stories on video and continues to address issues of injustice within other communities throughout South Africa.

We look forward to working with Shanette and South Roots International at the Indra Congress Pathways!



Thursday, 7 June 2018

6.  BUILD-UP TO THE INDRA CONGRESS PATHWAYS 

HOSTED BY ARROWSA AND UKZN 

IN DURBAN FROM 2ND TO THE 8TH OF JULY 2018



We have an ongoing build-up to the Indra Congress Pathways that introduces the participants and arts facilitators and organisers to each other and also shares the artworks that the participating groups are working on that they will share with each other at the congress.



Meet the Media and Cultural Studies team from UKZN.

                 

"Luthando Ngema, has been part of ARROWSA as a volunteer since 2010. And through this participation her community engagement projects are strongly linked to ARROWSA and Indra Congress activities.  She will be one of the hosts at UKZN and will facilitate the hand mapping exercise.  Look forward to laughter and fun around Luthando.  And learning about the South African culture and people.  Youth development for Luthando  is important, because the youth are influential in creating cultural futures and encouraging peace in conflicted environments."                                          


              

"I'm Layla Dube, ready to welcome Indra Congress participants in Durban.  I am a Masters student studying Marketing and Cultural Studies.  I am an English, Media and Cultural studies tutor and the Academic Development Officer for the School of Arts.  My link to ARROWSA is through Luthando Ngema, and I've had the opportunity to attend events around the Abasha Bash and Passbook Competition, which are projects affiliated to ARROWSA.  I am passionate about youth development because young people have a lot to offer they just need a guiding hand and opportunities."


                         

"My name is Samantha Madondo and I am a Masters student in the school of arts at UKZN.  Volunteering for youth development is a crucial element to get involved in.  With youth month fast approaching it is important to get involved in initiatives like the Indra Congress that help assist youth in various creative spaces.  As students in the School of Arts it's important to pay it forward and give to our visitors an unforgettable South African experience.
Fun fact: I've played professional hockey for 6 years."


     

"Hi, I'm Sbusiso Lungani Hlongwa, born and raised in Durban KwaZulu-Natal.  I enjoy working with the youth, especially through edutainment programmes.  Making a difference in someone's life, give me motivation to keep going and encouraging youth to do better in approaching life and its challenges.  Volunteering for a youth development program for me is very important because for me it means I play a huge role in the development of our South African youth, therefore this ensures a more positive and confident individual.  Looking forward to meeting all the Indra Congress participants  Sizobonana maduze (we shall meet soon)"



"Hi everyone, I'm Tshimanga Tshiteya from ARROWSA SINCE 2010.  So excited to once again participate in the Indra Congress!  My short story, Imbewu Yesizwe, was adapted and performed at the Indra Congress back in 2014.  I am an aspiring young Civil Engineer currently doing his 3rd year at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.  I speak seven languages, play three different music instruments and I am hoping to travel to one hundred countries before 50 yrs.

I have always been passionate about the youth and being able to inspire young through my experiences. I believe that in order to change the future and the world, it start with the youth.  I have been an active, on and off, member of ARROWSA from 2010 to date. Looking forward to catch up with everyone!"



We are looking forward to working with ARROWSA management and UKZN lecturer Luthando as well as her Media and Cultural Studies, UKZN team.  We welcome back ARROWSA alumni Tshiteya!  We thank them all in anticipation for their assistance in running the congress.



Thursday, 31 May 2018


5.  BUILD-UP TO THE INDRA CONGRESS PATHWAYS 

HOSTED BY ARROWSA AND UKZN 

IN DURBAN FROM 2ND TO THE 8TH OF JULY 2018





We have an ongoing build-up to the Indra Congress Pathways that introduces the participants and arts facilitators and organisers to each other and also shares the artworks that the participating groups are working on that they will share with each other at the congress.


Vibrant Sue-Livia van Wyk of South Roots will facilitate the combined music, singing and dancing workshops at the Indra Congress Pathways.





Sue-Livia has been a performing artist in South Roots for the past ten years and now leads the team as director / choreographer.  She studied business management and music therapy.

Her ambition in life is to create a platform for people to express who they are, to sing their songs, dance their dances and to tell their stories.  As a performing artist, with a love for community development, she discovered the power of the arts, to tell stories, restoring dignity and identity and to help people overcome insecurities. 

In 2013 Sue-Livia recorded her first album – HOLD ON and has impacted audiences locally and internationally with her songs of purpose Identity and design.  

We look forward to Sue-Livia working with us at the Indra Congress Pathways!

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

4.  BUILD-UP TO THE INDRA CONGRESS PATHWAYS 

HOSTED BY ARROWSA AND UKZN 

IN DURBAN FROM 2ND TO THE 8TH OF JULY 2018




We have an ongoing build-up to the Indra Congress Pathways that introduces the participants and arts facilitators and organisers to each other and also shares the artworks that the participating groups are working on that they will share with each other at the congress.




Indra Congress co-organisers: ARROWSA Bechet co-ordinator Bhekithemba Dlamini


Bheki writes: "I have been involved with ARROWSA since I was in high school.  After my high school career I volunteered as co-leader facilitator/co-ordinator at ARROWSA Bechet till I took over as co-ordinator of the group in 2013. During my time I participated in numerous productions and outreach activities and represented ARROWSA Bechet as a performer and later assistant co-ordinator for ARROWSA on field trips to the southern Kalahari, Northern cape, Cape town, Western cape, Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, Plymouth, United Kingdom, Bethlehem, Palestine.


In 2015 I was chosen to represent the city of Durban as the co-ordinating teacher and artistic director to accompany management of eThekwini Local History Museums and six secondary students, who had won a performance local history museum competition, to Bremen, Germany. I devised a short musical performance from workshops with the six students over two months preparation for them to perform at the Night of the Youth festival in Bremen, Germany."

We are excited to work with the enthusiastic Bhekithemba Dlamini and his ARROWSA Bechet team at the Indra Congress Pathways!

ARROWSA Bechet


Angela of ARROWSA Bechet writes about her experience in ARROWSA Bechet and the group's initial exploration of the theme Pathways through performance which they will expand upon and share with the other participants at the Indra Congress 'Pathways'.

                      

                                          "Keep your dreams alive." 



"Understand that to achieve anything it requires faith, belief in yourself, hardwork and dedication.  Have a vision, see the bigger picture. Its not about winning or losing, its about everyday hardwork and about thriving on those challenges."  


It's also about embracing the pain that you'll experience in the end of the race and being afraid of it."

"We are better together"



Friday, 25 May 2018

3.  BUILD-UP TO THE INDRA CONGRESS PATHWAYS 

HOSTED BY ARROWSA AND UKZN 

IN DURBAN FROM 2ND TO THE 8TH OF JULY 2018




We have an ongoing build-up to the Indra Congress Pathways that introduces the participants and arts facilitators and organisers to each other and also shares the artworks that the participating groups are working on that they will share with each other at the congress.



doung's 'city walk' in Durban as part of the Indra Congress Pathways



Participants of the congress will experience and be inspired by the meeting of present and past Durban heritage and culture on artist and open space architect doung's city walk (see http://www.dala.org.za/citywalk.html. )



                   









Thursday, 24 May 2018




Jewellery auction towards fund-raising for the Indra Congress 'Pathways':


Indra's net necklace in sterling silver with carved pearl.



An exquisite once off hand-crafted jewellery piece has once 
more donated  to assist in fund raising for the Indra Congress Pathway by Kathlyn Allan (@author-adorn).  The hand-crafted necklace of sterling silver with engraved pearl is based on Indra's jewelled net - a metaphor for interdependence and interconnectivity as each jewel is reliant on the others to reflect their own and each other's brilliance.  

Details of how to bid for the necklace are below. All proceeds will go towards the Indra Congress Pathways!  







If you can't afford to bid please support the congress with a contribution to ARROWSA.

Banking details:


Bank: Nedbank

Account Name: ARROWSA

Account Number: 1380160146

Branch Name: Westville Mall

Branch Number: 138026


Account Type: Current













Wednesday, 23 May 2018

2. BUILD-UP TO THE INDRA CONGRESS PATHWAYS 

HOSTED BY ARROWSA AND UKZN 

IN DURBAN FROM 2ND TO THE 8TH OF JULY 2018

We have an ongoing build-up to the Indra Congress Pathways that introduces the participants and arts facilitators and organisers to each other and also shares the artworks that the participating groups are working on that they will share with each other at the congress.



Visual art facilitators 

Three emerging visual artists will facilitate the arts and crafts section of the Indra Congress Pathways towards creating spectacular props and costumes for the street festival. The visual artists are Karla Nixon, Dane Knudsen (Stops) and Kathlyn Allan.


Karla Nixon



                                                      Paper sculptures by Karla Nixon

Karla 'is a Durban based artist who mainly works with paper' (see www.karlanixon.com/bio). Karla has won numerous scholarships and awards and has had a number of exhibitions in South Africa.  She is a lecturer in Fine Arts  and was awarded the artist residency 2017-2018 in Bremen, Germany.


Dane Knudsen (Stops)

                                                              Wall mural by Dane Stops

Dane Stops is a multidisciplinary artist in Durban and a lecturer at the Durban University of Technology Fine Arts Department.  Dane has had a number of exhibitions in South Africa and 'has done live art at various events.  He has been an active contributor to the Durban mural and graffiti scene for over a decade. His work has various influences, from painting graffiti to figurative subject matter such as people and birds' (see https:/northcoastcourier.co.za/78449/tea-and-art-with-dane/ ).




                             
                                  Kathlyn Lange jewellery creations (@author_adorn)

Kathlyn Allan is a Swellendam based jeweller (see https://www.facebook.com/authoradorn/) Kathlyn 'makes jewellery that tells a story' (see @author-adorn) . She has been part of a number of group jewellery exhibitions in South Africa.  Kathlyn has worked with ARROWSA since she was a jewellery student at DUT through facilitating visual art workshops with ARROWSA Bechet, assisting with museum educational programmes and raising funds for ARROWSA intercultural events through jewellery donations.  

We look forward to working with the talented Karla Nixon, Dane Stops and Kathlyn Allan at the Indra Congress Pathways in Durban!










Karla Nixon is a Durban based artist who predominantly works with paper. 


1. Build-up to the Indra Congress Pathways 

hosted by ARROWSA and UKZN 

in Durban from 2nd to the 8th of July 2018

We have an ongoing build-up to the Indra Congress Pathways that introduces the participants and arts facilitators and organisers to each other and also shares the artworks that the participating groups are working on that they will share with each other at the congress.


eThekwini Abasha Bash 2017 Group 


The eThekwini Abasha Bash 2017 group that are part of the eThekwini Local History Passbook Competition (see https://www.facebook.com/LHMPassbookCompetition/ ) are attending the Indra Congress Pathways.  They represented eThekwini Local History Museums at the Bremen Youth Festival in 2017 and they also performed their devised work on Steve Biko at the Passbook Competition Educator's workshop 2018.  The vibrant group is made up of teenagers who attend schools in the Durban area and who were judged as the best performers at the Abasha Bash 2017 competition.  The group will be led at the Indra Congress Pathways by two eThekwini Local History Museum, Bergtheil Museum Westville, interns Zinhle and Mbali.






A video of an extract of the exciting performance of the Abasha Bash 2017 group is on view at the Passbook Competition art exhibition at the Durban art gallery until the 26 May 2018.  The exhibition celebrates the five year mark of the Passbook competition.  








ARROWSA is privileged to be one of the partners of this project.  The art exhibition not only includes a video of the Abasha Bash group that will be attending the Indra Congress Pathways but also is worth a visit for the impressive artefacts made by mainstream and special needs Primary School learners from Grade 4 to Grade 7.  The artworks explore the themes posed by the Local History Museum Passbook Competition over the past five years and are well worth seeing!

                                   

We look forward to sharing with the Local History Museum interns and Abasha Bash 2017 team at the Indra Congress Pathways!

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

ARROWSA is excited to host
The INDRA Congress Pathways
on 2 to 8 July 2018 in Durban

Would you like to be a supporter of this arts for peace event?

Were you an ARROWSA participant who went overseas or within South Africa to participate in ARROW of INDRA Congresses and would you like to reciprocate the kindness of our hosts overseas or nationally by contributing funds for the congress accommodation and food of participants from Derry (Northern Ireland), Sierra Leone, India, Northern and Western Cape, UK, Nigeria, Greece, Palestine and Germany?
Contact Mary or Bheki at arrowsa.artpeace@gmail.com

     To see what Indra Congress is about go to 



Bheki Dlamini, ARROWSA Bechet co-ordinator and 
ARROWSA alumni Kholekela Zikhali appear in the video from when they attended the Indra Congress in Derry, Northern Ireland.










Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Kholekela Zikhali revisits ARROWSA Bechet

Kholekela Zikhali visited ARROWSA Bechet to share her experiences of ARROWSA with the new and old participants.  Her enthusiasm to share her talents is always very appreciated. Thanks Kholekela and hope to see you at the Indra Congress to be held in Durban from 2nd to 8th July 2018!


Below:  Kholekela visits ARROWSA Bechet led by Bheki Dlamini in February 2018.


    Below:  Kholekela performs in Derry, Northern Ireland with Bheki Dlamini as they represent           ARROWSA at the Indra Congress.



    Below:  Kholekela when she was in ARROWSA Bechet in 2013


Pathways Indra Congress build-up programme starts

ARROWSA Bechet in Durban, South Africa held their first Pathways session.  They look forward to engaging with youth from all over the world by sharing through the arts.their exploration of inner and outer pathways and what helps their personal and collective pathways or hinders them. 



ARROWSA Bechet learners win many awards!

Congratulations to all the ARROWSA Bechet learners who won so many awards from Bechet High School!