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Warona Seane in Did We Dance

Ukutshona ko Mendi… Did We Dance (The Sinking of the Mendi)

On 21 February 1917, 600 men from the Eastern Cape lost their lives when the troopship SS Mendi sank off the Isle of Wight, on its way to support the British Army in France during World War I. Ukutshona ko Mendi… Did We Dance retells this story. According to oral legend, these brave men performed a barefooted ‘death dance' while meeting their end with great dignity and courage. The play premieres on 25.11.2014 at the Soweto Theatre and runs until 30.11.2014. More ...


Europeans Only. 1956.

20 Years of Democracy:

Interviews and more
Rush Hour

Architecture & Urbanism:

Durban hosts architects and ideas
Image from Ponte City book

Joburg Art Fair:

Focus on contemporary African photography

Current Projects

Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life   deutsch

After acclaimed runs in Munich, Milan, and New York, this unprecedented photographic exhibition is now showing in Johannesburg until 29.06.2014.

Music In Africa  

Music In Africa is a groundbreaking new web platform that allows users to enhance their knowledge of African music scenes while effectively networking and promoting their work for free.

African Metropolis   deutsch

6 Films from 6 African Cities – screening at international film festivals worldwide

Goethe on Main  

Multidisciplinary art space in Johannesburg’s inner city. Visit one of the current exhibitions.

The Spoken Word Project   deutsch deutsch deutsch deutsch

Stories travelling through Africa in poetry slams: Spoken word artists are keeping the tradition of storytelling alive.

Writing about Africa   deutsch deutsch deutsch deutsch

Welcome to a voyage of discovery of new German literature representing images of diverse Africa

Weblog: Moving Africa   deutsch deutsch deutsch deutsch

Pan-African exchange is the main goal of the Moving Africa program, which enables African artists to travel to the most important festivals in Africa. On this blog, they share their experiences.


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