Changing African perspectives through Chimurenga
Ntone Edjabe suffered the unfortunately typical blight of theft granted to immigrants when he first arrived in South Africa. After working a variety of small jobs, including spinning and coaching basketball, he began a small grass-roots publication named “Chimurenga” after the Zimbabwean Shona word for “revolutionary struggle”. The Financial Times has a...
“Robot Artists” is a short documentary by African Cartel showcasing a group of Zimbabwean artists make their livelihoods selling art about township life next to traffic robots throughout parts of Cape Town.
Tying Charity to Clothing Design
Sevenly is an organisation dedicated to bringing the message of charities to a wider audience through a simple fundraising and marketing campaign: web-sales of T-shirts. Each week, the organisation designs a t-shirt with inspiration from one chosen charity across the globe, for a variety of causes: slavery, water, poverty, hunger, aid, poverty, medical or disaster. For each t-shirt sale, $7 is...
Madiba reaches the living room sofa
Nelson Mandela has given permission to producers in the UK for a 6-hour televised mini-series to be broadcast in either the USA and/or the UK. Mandela’s grandon, Kweku Mandela, will be co-producing the series and says it will “not just be another project painting his grandfather as ‘Mandela the saint’, but would seek to credit the many people who helped shape his life...
Opening up to Vulnerability
Volunteers travel from afar to work with the children Dramatic Need supports in Rwanda and South Africa. Whilst an exciting opportunity, many experience a much deeper reality while working with these troubled and disadvantaged youth. A lot happens in the few weeks volunteers share with our students: their artform becomes redefined from the new context, their hearts are pulled and stretched open...
Hope in the rugs of ARZU Studio
In 2003 Connie Duckworth embarked on an ambitious project - to utilise her skills in business to empower the lives of women suffering from the aftermath of Taliban rule in Afghanistan. Pardon the pun, but we at DN are just floored by the beautiful carpeting and design that has been a bi-product of ARZU’s work in these devastated areas. As we embark on our own work with social...
THE CASE FOR CULTURAL LEARNING
The Cultural Learning Alliance, (CLA) a powerful, UK-based advocacy collective which works to ensure that arts and culture are not sidelined from Children’s education and development in the United Kingdom. The CLA has recently published a groundbreaking paper entitled The Case for Cultural Learning which effectively argues for arts and culture to be a major part of every child’s...
Start the New Year with a Bang! →
2012 New Year’s Resolutions? We’re sure you have plenty! We thought we would encourage you to add one more to your list - HIV Testing. HIV testing is a bit scary, as all of us at Dramatic Need readily acknowledge. And as none of us are immune to the risks of HIV, no matter where we live, how much money we earn or due to the colour of our skin or choice in sexual partner(s). ...