Professional theatremakers and dancers were hard hit by the Covid pandemic which not only cost them income but a sense of community. The Take-a-STAND Dialogues aim to reinvigorate this community with a gathering based on the model of literary festivals. The Take-a-STAND panel discussions featured a diversity of voices from the dance and theatre sector on various challenges and social issues in the performing arts.
The event was presented by the SU Woordfees and STAND (Sustaining Theatre and Dance) Foundation over the weekend of 19-21 February in Stellenbosch. The gathering was made possible by the generous support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and NATi.
Each panel discussion was 60 minutes and included up to four panellists. The panels were conversational and guided by facilitators. Audience members had the opportunity to ask questions.
The Take-a-STAND Dialogues took place at 44 Ryneveld – both the name and address of a newly renovated venue in Stellenbosch.
All sessions were also streamed live and the event was open to the general public. Recordings of the conversations will be available soon.