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FROM THE DIRECTORS DESK
Greetings from PACSA
Summer has arrived and all the jacaranda’s the borders the street of the inner-city of Pietermaritzburg is in bloom. Not only is these purple flowers a beautiful sight it is also a reminder that the year is fast approaching its end with the summer holidays on the horizon.
For PACSA the remaining 2 months promises to be busy as always. On the 15th October we presented our 2015 Annual Food Price Barometer Report at a media conference. The release of the report coincides with World Food Day on the 16th October.
In this newsletter we provide you with a brief overview of some of the highlights of our work during September. This includes a roundtable discussion on racism, our 2015 PACSA Film and Arts Festival, a new initiative around bread-baking by some of our community partners and a conversation we had with Diana and Martin from the All Together in Dignity: 4th World Movement who visited PACSA to strengthen our solidarity relationship.
We hope you find the articles and stories thought-provoking and of interest to you.
While there is much to celebrate in terms of the progress made on eradicating institutional racism since 1994, the more difficult and complex issues have often been side-lined in favour of expediency and avoided to protect the interests of the powerful. The results of this are now clearly seen in our public discourse where there is a worrying increase in intolerance and growing polarization on racial issues.
The 6th edition of the PACSA Film and Arts Festival, a social justice awareness and mobilisation event, took place from the 24th to the 27th September at the Msunduzi Museum, Pietermaritzburg. This year’s theme, ‘Imagine we all belong here’, explored the concept of belonging and invited the festival participants to imagine a richer sense of belonging: relationships of solidarity, of rootedness, of being at home; belonging that nurtures human dignity, creating spaces to live fully and well, to think and act upon our world.
A bread-making training took place in Trust Feed on the 6th October and attended by 12 members of the Hlakaniphani Group. Community partner groups who form the Food Justice Collective have been toying with different ideas of how they can increase household income whilst also supporting one another in their daily struggles and work towards defining their own food and agriculture systems. One of the ideas they have taken on is that of bread baking.
Diana Skelton and Martin Kalisa from the ATD (All together in Dignity) 4th World Movement visited PACSA on the 8th October and animated a conversation, hosted by PACSA, on the work of the ATD 4th World movement and their recently released book, Artisans of Peace Overcoming Poverty.
The 6th PACSA Film and Arts Festival take place from September 24-26 at the Msunduzi Museum. The programme will showcase a stimulating and highly topical range of art forms that celebrate the aspirations and imaginings of ordinary South Africans, and serves as a reminder of the power of art to challenge the status quo.
A stimulating and topical range of art forms will be showcased at the Annual Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (Pacsa) Film and Art Festival from September 24 to September 26 at the Msunduzi Museum. The festival aims to celebrate the aspirations of ordinary South Africans, and remind the community of the power of art to challenge the status quo.
Read the full article here published in The Witness on the 22 September 2015
The sixth annual Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action Film and Arts Festival will take place from 24 to 27 September at the Msunduzi Museum. The festival will showcase a range of art forms which celebrate the imaginings of ordinary South Africans, and remind us of the power of art. Under the theme “Imagine we all belong here”, this year’s festival will explore a richer understanding of the concept of belonging.
Read the full article here published in News24 on the 24 September 2015
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