The Power of ZA

SOUTH AFRICA/UK
Producer/Researcher

 

 

The Power of ZA (2014-2015)

A forum for celebrating the power of creativity across visual art, performing arts, film, architecture and city making, captured and expressed on screen; in the process bridging divides and transforming culture in South Africa’s 20th year of democracy.  www.thepowerofza.com

 

About The Power of ZA

In its 20th year of democracy South Africa is brimming with innovation in the arts, producing a creative scene that is transforming society through storytelling.

Few countries have had to heal divides as deep as the ones created under apartheid, but through creativity and innovation, South Africans are bridging the divides and transforming lives.

And a new generation is emerging. Distanced from the political struggle of apartheid but living with the legacy of that time, a new generation of South Africans are using their ideas and energy to forge new identities and imagine new futures.

Through documenting their creative ideas and innovations on film, they create the potential to export their stories globally. Irreverent of mainstream Western narratives they are capturing contemporary culture in South Africa whilst imagining new African futures.

The Power of ZA was an official World Design Capital 2014 project conceived by the creative studio Pidgin Perfect and African arts producer Natalia Palombo in collaboration with the British Council’s Connect ZA project.

In May 2014, Natalia Palombo and Dele Adeyemo (Pidgin Perfect) travelled to South Africa to produce a festival of film, storytelling and design. Through a programme of film screenings, workshops and public discussions, they engaged with over 25 creative practitioners working across film, performing arts, visual art and architecture & city-making, to consider the role that film and design-thinking has in interdisciplinary practice in Johannesburg and Cape Town. This website documents these events and interviews, relaying a plethora of innovative ideas captured during the scoping trip.



WEBSITE (CLICK ON IMAGE)

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PUBLICATION (CLICK ON IMAGE)

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HIGHLIGHTS (CLICK ON IMAGES TO VIEW FILMS)


FILM

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ARCHITECTURE & CITY MAKING

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PERFORMING ARTS

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VISUAL ART

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An exhibition of curated material from this project was presented at South Block
(Wasps Artists Studios) in February/March 2015. 
Please see www.nataliapalombo.thepowerofza_exhibition for more information.




Links

In Conversation with African Film Researcher Natalia Palombo, Connect ZA (British Council), Jun 2015
VELOCITY Talk June 19th 2014 (VIDEO): The Power of ZA, Aug 2014
Expositions: The Power of ZA, Contemporary&, 27 Mar 2015
The Power of ZA, African Digital Art, 9 May 2014
Cape Town and Johannesburg Festival Asks “What is the Power of Film to Transform Lives and Communities?”, Okay Africa, 28 May 2014
WDC2014: Power of Film programme released, Future Cape Town, 2 May 2014



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