Workshops Africa Week 2018
Please read the following descriptions and choose 2 of your favorite workshops. Note that a maximum of 33 people are allowed in each workshop, so you may or may not get your two preferred choices but we will do our best to ensure that you do. It is compulsory that you choose from the options provided, if you do not choose you will be placed in any of the six. They are all amazing so it would not be a problem.
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Workshop: Once Upon A Time in Africa: African Folktales Retold
"Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity...When we reject the single story, when we realize that there is never a single story about any place, we regain a kind of paradise." - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This workshop explores the role traditional African folktales in shaping societies."
Workshop: Africa's Carbon Handprint
A sustainability simulation on Africa’s role in tackling climate change where students will partake in a series of informal debates on various motions that deal with Africa’s responsibility in a rapidly warming world.
(While a carbon footprint is combination of the negative impacts one's action has on the environment; a carbon handprint is all of the positive things one does to affect their footprint)
Workshop: Where are Africa's Da Vinci's and Van Gogh's?
Art History is filled with names such as Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh, and Michelangelo to name a few, but where are African artists? Is it due to colonization that Africans were stripped of their creativity, molded into yes-men, and forced into a straitjacket society? With times changing, we are moving into a world that actively embraces the visual stories that African artists are now able to tell through their art. This workshop deals with the colonial bondages around African art and how they are being broken in today’s world.
Workshop: African Beauty Separate from Western Beauty Ideals - workshops on African Hair, Identity and Fashion
Nowadays it is very common to hear people throw around sentiments such as “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and “beauty is skin deep”, however when particular complexions and hair textures are promoted in mainstream society through gatekeepers such as the media, one is confronted with the dilemmas of where do I fit in and am I beautiful? Black women are confronted with such dilemmas every day; living in a world where “beauty centers around Eurocentric features”, a dangerous internalization, both mentally and emotionally, has riddled the majority of African women where bleaching has become a norm along with chemically relaxed hair. These workshops unpack the broad question of Who is the African Woman in order to create a lens of beauty, separate from western ideals, from which women can see themselves.
Workshop: The Pulse of the Nation: A Djembe Drum Masterclass
The beat of the Djembe drums is the pulse of the continent, bringing people together in harmony. Led by Mr Perry, this workshop will be a hands-on learning experience where you will get the chance to learn and put together a dynamic piece that encompasses the vibrancy of African culture.
Workshop: Pidgin: Unbinding the Languages of Colonization
“I go catch the morning tea”
A pidgin language is a simplified language that develops as a means of communication between two or more groups that do not have a common language. West African Pidgin English arose during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in the 17th and 18th century when the British exploited Africans, exporting them to the West – mainly the U.S. Pidgin was a language of survival that many slaves used in order to communicate with English sailors; today it has evolved and become a feature of everyday life, connecting people within Africa and in the diaspora.
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