A year later… COVID-19 AND THE PERFORMING ARTS: IMPACT, CHALLENGES AND OVERCOMING

The hard lockdown and prohibition of public gathering have generated widespread precarity and insecurity
within the Arts sector. Physical distancing and closure of performance venues have curtailed public
performances and rehearsal with dire consequences to livelihoods and careers. In regrouping, many performing
arts institutions have attempted to adapt by offering new (or newly expanded) digital services. However, lack
of consensus, limited funding and uncertainty within a largely unregulated, fractured industry has impacted
the way forward. The discussion will look at the current state of the sector as COVID-19 continues to impact
performing arts and aim to unpack principle issues of funding, support and technology as we look beyond
the horizon

PANELLISTS

DR ISMAIL MAHOMED

Director of the UKZN Centre for Creative Arts

MS THOBILE MAPHANGA

Artist, dancer, arts administrator, MA at UKZN

MR IAIN EWOK ROBINSON

Poet, writer, actor and alumni of UKZN Drama

FACILITATED BY:

DR LLIANE LOOTS

Lecturer at School of Arts, UKZN
(awardee African Voices Changemakers by CNN)

Date: 12 June 2020
Time: 16h00 – 17h15

Enquiries: sibran@ukzn.ac.za

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