2021 marks 25 years since Phakama’s first project, Bulang Dikgoro (Open the Gates), an international exchange project in which Young People and Artists from London collaborated with Young People and Artists in South Africa.
Since that first project in 1996, Phakama has continued to spread our non-heirachiacal methodology of Give & Gain, a process that creates the opportunity for collaborative arts and theatre making; where everyone involved has something to learn and something to teach.
In celebration of this momentous occasion Phakama will host 25 projects, shows, sharings and workshops which will continue to spread our spirit of exchanging, sharing, and seeing and celebrating the value in everyone’s individual voice, experience, and talents.
2021 Line Up
We will be updating this section throughout the year so make sure to check regularly to find out how and when you can get involved!
Power to the People
To kick off Phakama's 25th birthday celebrations we'll be hosting our very first Digital Festival called Power to the People, exploring the theme of 'resistance'. The workshops ran over Zoom on Sunday 17th January 2021.
Over the course of a day, we'll be coming together to explore the things we are resisting. You'll be able to choose from a range of workshops exploring movement, art therapy, creative writing and photography, sharing your ideas and building a small piece of performance to showcase to the group.
Digital Artist Bursary
Artist facilitators are integral to the ongoing growth of the company and it is our intention that artists aren’t just delivering workshops for us but are also involved in the shaping and creation of projects.
During this difficult period of physical distancing we have been encouraging ways of staying socially connected and increasing solidarity.
We kicked off 25 years by offering seed funding to support artists to generate new ideas and creative ways for them move their practice to digital formats and to reach out to participants who are feeling isolated.
We hope that this seed funding will allow creatives to test their idea whilst collaborating with and complementing Phakama’s vision. This round has now closed but keep an eye out for details about the project and any future artist bursary opportunities.
Creative Get Together
To maintain Phakama’s strong community of Artists and Young Creatives, and to keep us all feeling motivated and supported we have been hosting get togethers over zoom. These have ranged from informal chats sharing best practice and creative responses to Covid-19, to Bollywood dance workshops hosted by Young Creatives.
Our next Creative Get Together will be run by Sarah & Bibi at 4:30pm 27th Jan.
Get in touch here if you'd like to join.
Queen Mary Autobiographical Project
Phakama are working with Associate Artist, Jake Boston, and QMUL to provide students at the university a creative outlet during this scary and often lonely time. The workshop series will focus on autobiographical work and performance.
World Book Day
Phakama artists will deliver a day of stories, fun and games to children at the Soho Family Centre for World Book Day 2021.
Students taking part in School 21's 'Real World Learning' will be working with us to create a video that celebrates the wonderful artists that have worked with and inspired Phakama's work over the past 25 years.
Image by Caroline Gervay