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Cultural Heritage, territories and spaces: building inclusive communities and sense of place.

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Projects

Narratives from Zimbabwe” retrieves the voice of people living in Zimbabwe and treasures it in an interactive digital archive as part of the region’s intangible cultural heritage. The project, which highlights the “limited available time to capture those stories”, has allowed to enhance the role of creative practitioners but also inhabitants in preserving and transmitting the wealth of historical narrative present in the memories, knowledge, customs and experiences of a society. The creation of the archive, conceived as a large collective database from which artists and creators of the audio-visual field can, through film and storytelling, generate new cultural artefacts for society to interact with, involved a process of process of identifying and filming ethnic groups, heritage sites and cultural activities, carried out by a research team set up for the occasion.

Narratives from Zimbabwe

Arts de l'oralité et des scènes urbaines” (PAOSU) brings together cultural institutions, organisations and actors from Benin and strengths their professional capacities, offering a space for exchange, networking and creation of synergies that allows them to collaborate in the promotion of social inclusion, creativity and intercultural dialogue. The project has demonstrated the importance to raise awareness on artistic education at an early stage, and has enhanced the existing framework for the reception, expression and dissemination of contemporary artistic expressions on urban scenes, namely storytelling and slam, thus contributing to building a diverse, inclusive and peaceful society. Activities implemented within the project included capacity-building workshops for artists, cultural organisations members, artistic and socio-educational schools.

Arts de l'oralité et des scènes urbaines (PAOSU)

The “Sounds of the Sacred Web Festival” (SOSAWEF) celebrates and recognizes African traditions and knowledge embedded in architecture, as a significant factor in facilitating, sharing and preserving indigenous cultures and knowledge systems. This initiative allowed the development of a relevant thematic African village set up with the Nigerian and Zimbabwean model villages, which contributes to the development of alternative cultural spaces that enable community engagement, training and exchange of knowledge on African vernacular architecture.

Sounds of the Sacred Web Festival (SOSAWEF)

The “Sukiana, une criée publique pour la paix et la cohésion sociale entre peuls et cultivateurs dans le nord du Bénin” project staged oral arts performances in town squares of northern Benin where tensions between the nomadic ethnic group Fulani and farmers in Benin run high. Culture and media professionals collected stories, interviews and testimonies of experienced conflicts between the two communities, to understand how these conflicts had been resolved and to give visibility to these conflict resolution methods through artistic creation and dissemination (database creation, multidisciplinary show and radio documentary). The initiative was carried out in three specific areas of the northern region of Benin, around three localities, namely: Savè, Tchaourou and Sinendé.

Sukiana, une criée publique pour la paix et la cohésion sociale entre peuls et cultivateurs dans le nord du Bénin

Blueprint for Majestic cinema culture hub” is one of the first projects in Zanzibar aimed at recovering an historically important community space – an art deco cinema house from the 1950s. The aim of the project was to gain an in-depth understanding of the role the Majestic Cinema played as a community space in the past, and to prepare a programme for its future use as a culture hub. The project started in September 2019 and soon became a powerful way to gain knowledge on the history and importance of cinema in Stone Town at large, and to better understand the needs of the future users of the Majestic Culture Hub. The project fostered a feeling of ownership and a sense of place among the local community through a number of activities including an exhibition and interviews with relevant stakeholders.

Blueprint for Majestic cinema culture hub

Caption for images presented in the section: 

Hon. Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Madam Leila Muhamed Mussa. Photo by Atif, courtesy of Hifadhi Zanzibar Ltd.


Masoud Salim, Hifadhi Zanzibar Ltd. director. Photo by Atif, courtesy of Hifadhi Zanzibar Ltd.


Fatma Aloo, Zanzibar International Film Festival co-founder. Photo by Atif, courtesy of Hifadhi Zanzibar Ltd.


Project by Doug Bryant, University of Cape Town. Work produced as part of the Bachelor of

Architectural Studies Programme at UCT in the Architectural Design Studio Elective, StudioAdapt Zanzibar 2020.


Project by Treasa Mc Millan, University of Cape Town. Work produced as part of the Bachelor of

Architectural Studies Programme at UCT in the Architectural Design Studio Elective, StudioAdapt Zanzibar 2020.


Project by Sephelane Mpho, University of Cape Town. Work produced as part of the Bachelor of

Architectural Studies Programme at UCT in the Architectural Design Studio Elective, StudioAdapt Zanzibar 2020.


Project by Morris Higenyi Wabuya, Uganda Martyrs University


Project by Sephelane Mpho, University of Cape Town. Work produced as part of the Bachelor of

Architectural Studies Programme at UCT in the Architectural Design Studio Elective, StudioAdapt Zanzibar 2020.


Project by Sephelane Mpho, University of Cape Town. Work produced as part of the Bachelor of

Architectural Studies Programme at UCT in the Architectural Design Studio Elective, StudioAdapt Zanzibar 2020.


Majestic Cinema in Vuga, Stone Town, Zanzibar. Photo by Berend van der Lans, courtesy of Hifadhi Zanzibar Ltd.

 
Interior of the Majestic Cinema in Vuga, Stone Town, Zanzibar. Photos by Francesca Snelling, courtesy of Francesca Snelling.

  
People gathering in front of the old Majestic Cinema (previously Royal Cinema), date and author unknown.


Majestic Cinema, c.1956. Photo by Ranchhod T Oza, courtesy of Capital Art Studio.