Implementation coordination of EUNIC funded project “Right To Speak”

Deadline for the submission of offers:
January 14, 2022


The Goethe-Institut and its partners (Hear My Voice, Centre for Creative Arts at UKZN, STAND Foundation, The Representation of Flanders, Wallonie-Bruxelles International, and the Institut Francais d’Afrique du Sud) submitted a winning project proposal to EUNIC’s “European Spaces of Culture”. This project aims at holistically supporting South African spoken word artists in particular and the art form in general. The implementation of this 10 month project will start in January 2022.

“Right To Speak - Fostering South-North exchange through spoken words on human rights and social issues”
The project "Right To Speak" will establish multiple spoken word events on humans rights and social issues allowing artists to showcase their art. Here, international days like March 21 – International day of Poetry as well as South African Human Rights Day – work as conduits for the supported art form and the content of contributions. Using a flexible combination of virtual and physical formats, "Right To Speak" supports medium-sized and smaller venues in South Africa as well as it allows artists from Europe and South Africa to build and expand relevant networks. Furthermore, the project provides opportunities to participants to further develop their skills.

The objectives of the project are:
1. Create space for poets in SA & Europe to connect, engage and exchange experiences and insights around various human rights issues
2. Build strong international relationships for poets and poetry organisations
3. Broker performance opportunities for local poets
4. Strengthen the capacity of poets and organisations to ensure their sustainability
5. Creating spaces for young creatives in SA and Europe to talk, share experiences and learn from each other
6. Spotlighting and promoting excellence in poetry to represent SA on international stages

The project is centred on connecting poets and poetry organisations on the ground and building relationships that allow for future collaborations. Events are produced in collaboration with local practitioners to ensure their needs are met. A spirit of dialogue and co-creation has been central to the project design where all partners have worked together on this application and will continue to work collaboratively to implement the project.

The objective of this assignment is to coordinate the implementation of the above-mentioned project in accordance to the submitted application between January 1, 2022 and October 31, 2022.

Key tasks are among others:
1. Conceptualisation and implementation of all project activities: Launching of a call for poets & poetry organisations wanting to be featured in a catalogue; Organising an international poetry event on March 21; Organising 4 x virtual poetry shows & discussions co-produced by an organisation in SA and 1 in Europe; Organising 3 x physical shows - in small venues outside main SA cities - featuring a local & international line up; Organising 3 x poetry shows hosted by European partner each to explore the respective poetry scene & introduce SA voices to other audiences; Organising 8 x workshops & masterclasses on writing, performance & arts administration. Developing a catalogue of export-ready poets & organisations to collaborate, to be launched on Africa Day (25 May) followed by a digital campaign to broker relationships & secure performances at international festivals; Organising a closing event, i.e. launch of a digital publication gathering all insights, information, artist profiles and poetry created during the project.
2. Holistic integration of all partners involved.
3. Responsibility for all project-related communication online and offline.
4. Ensuring good flow of communication with all partners involved.
5. Close working relationship with the Goethe-Institut as the legal entity implementing the project.
6. Engagement with relevant stakeholders and the industry at large to raise awareness of the project and to explore ways of continuing the project’s idea after the end of the implementation.
7. Sharing relevant documents (e.g. pictures, reports, etc.) with the donor.
8. Preparing the narrative report at the end of the implementation period and contributing to the financial report.

Essential elements of offer:
- Overview on relevant sector and national/regional expertise.
- Relevant experience in implementing grant funded projects (desirable)
- Indication of English abilities – especially with regards to communicating effectively in writing.
- Overview over past experience of the consultant, firm, or consortium submitting an offer covering at least the last three years (maximum the last six years).

Other aspects:
- Prices must include any taxes and other components (e.g. internet access, working materials, etc.); the Goethe-Institut will only pay the total price as indicated by the offer. Expenditures for travel, accommodation, and alike will be reimbursed to the consultant/group of consultant if these costs have previously been agreed to.
- The consultant/group of consultants need to be legally allowed to work in South Africa.
- Potential costs for workshop venues, etc. will be covered through a different budget.
- Neither the Goethe-Institut nor any other member of the consortium will provide a physical work space.
- Relevant project documents will be made available to the successful consultant
- Offers need to be submitted electronically (preferably in one PDF) to Johannes Backhaus by January 14, 2022. Later submissions will not be considered.
- The assignment will start as soon as possible; preferably in January 2022

Contact for further inquiries
Johannes Backhaus, Senior Expert Cooperation and Third Party Funding,