Creatives in Conversation

Creatives in Conversation kickstarts the interdisciplinary discourse

Presented in partnership with the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and the University of Johannesburg (UJ) “these free public engagements are linked to the upcoming conference” says Anastasia Pather, Project Manager for the 2016 instalment. “The idea behind these conversations is for the series to create a bridge linking conversations that emerged from the previous conferences and to set in motion discourse around interdisciplinarity, unpacking and previewing creative intersections in an intimate and interactive setting,” she explains.

Creatives in Conversation offer platforms for creatives to be introduced to the content that the upcoming Conference Programme will explore (16 & 17 March). Interdisciplinarity is normally framed within an academic framework and the free series will start unpacking the fusion of academic disciplines that have evolved into this movement. #creativeintersections aims to extend the scope of this adoptive thinking approach outside of academic confines and to stimulate thought around how interdisciplinary practice finds its way into the local environment, identifiable through working spaces, individuals and organisation. Furthermore, it also aims to explore the potential this kind of thinking holds for the creative industries.



Creatives in Conversations

Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect: The second round of the battle will see all six shortlisted projects pitch again and then face a series of questions from the panel of judges. This will take place at 18:00 on Wednesday, 13 April, at the Con Cowan Theatre at the University of Johannesburg’s Bunting Campus. Audience spaces are limited, to book yours contact

The six groups moving on to the second Pitch Perfect session are, in no particular order: Charismatic Rhythms, a skills transfer project based in Limpopo; Let’s Sing, a training project that uses state-of-the-art technology to teach musical arrangements; Creative Cocoons, a national incubation programme for women, by women; Join The Dots Festival, an annual public arts festival in the city of Johannesburg; Underground Dance Theatre, a dance company that wish to promote the arts through audience development; and Cultural Exchanges, an outdoor arthouse cinema aimed at rural youngsters.

Family Ties

Family Ties: In this introspection, artist-entrepreneur duo, Roger and Paul Ballen and artist-scientist duo Mariapaola and Trevor McGurk, look at how creativity can disrupt the everyday around the dinner table. During this conversation they will be exploring the value of shared knowledge, unlikely intersections and collaborations, and will reflect on some of their most exciting projects impacted by their family ties. This session kicks off the series and will be starting promptly at 18:00 on 24 February 2016 at the Con Cowan Theatre on the Bunting Road Campus.


The Multi- hyphenator: In this segment entrepreneur, philanthropist, social commentator and community builder, Shaka Sisulu and multidisciplinary artist, designer and dot-connector Atang Tshikare, will dissect the intersection of multi spheres of practice and explore how this can be applied as a physical framework for an alternative way of thinking and approaching creative collaborations, using their surrounding local communities as a resource and muse. The talk will be hosted from 18:00 at the Con Cowan Theatre on the Bunting Road Campus on the 2nd March 2016. This conversation will be guided by brand strategist Anthea Poulos.

Creative Spaces

Creative Spaces: Abstract digital sculptor, designer and electrical engineer, Dr Michaella Janse van Vuuren, and anthropologist, curator, communications guru, and art entrepreneur,  Julie Taylor, talk to academic and performing arts expert, Mwenya Kabwe, about how to break down barriers between physical spaces and the virtual world as they take a journey exploring the intersection between diverse ideas, concepts and disciplines. This final pre-conference session is scheduled to take place on 9 March and will also be hosted on the University of Johannesburg’s Bunting Road Campus at the Con Cowan Theatre promptly at 18:00.


Creatives and practitioners are invited to RSVP to attend by no later than three days prior to each session. Entrance is free but space is limited; first come first served. Please RSVP to indicating which session you would like to attend.

Venue: The Con Cowan Theatre, UJ Bunting Road Campus
Time: 18:00, drinks and canapes to served from this time
Date: 24 February, 2 March, 9 March & 13 April 2016
Cost: Admission Free



13 April 2016 – Pitch Perfect

Six projects that pitched at the #creativeintersections conference will be shortlisted to do a presentation and answer a selection panel’s questions at this session. Shortlisted projects stand a chance to win two R80 000 grants to implement the project. This free post-conference event will be hosted at the Con Cowan Theatre on the University of Johannesburg’s Bunting Campus and will start promptly at 18:00.


Creatives and practitioners are invited to RSVP to attend by no later than three days prior to each session. Entrance is free but space is limited; first come first served. Please RSVP to indicating which session you would like to attend.


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