Arts and Culture to host Public Lecture in Solidarity with the People of Palestine at University of Venda, Art Gallery

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11 Oct 2017

The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) in collaboration with the Embassy of Palestine in South Africa will on Friday, 13 October 2017 host a public Lecture in solidarity with the people of Palestine at the University of Venda, Thohoyandou in Limpopo. The Lecture will be led by Mr Hashem Dajani, the Palestine Ambassador to South Africa under the theme, The Year of OR Tambo. The year 2017 marks the centenary celebrations of Oliver Reginald Tambo in South Africa, an anti - apartheid activist and an internationally renowned liberation struggle icon.

“We take this occasion to stress the responsibility of the international community to assist the people of Palestine in their struggle for a State of their own. In this context, we must avoid falling into the trap of holding the question of Palestine captive to cold war bickering. On this crucial issue, we must be guided by fundamental values and principles and above all, by the best interests of the Palestinian people and of all the other people in the region”, stated Cde. OR Tambo at the 9th United Nations International NGO Meeting on the Question of Palestine in 1982.

Taking place during the momentous month of October, the Public Lecture in  solidarity with  the people of Palestine is as a fitting tribute to mark his selfless and fervent effort towards bloodless transition and an advocate for human rights. This will amongst other seeks to engage the youth and students on African Affairs as future policy makers, the public, international organisations, politicians, and scholars on the unfolding issues in the international arena.

The discussion will also revolve around some of the following sub-themes: Palestine-Israeli relations; and a comparison discussion between the then nature of Apartheid in South Africa and today’s nature of Apartheid in Palestine.

Other speakers include: Advocate Sipho Mantula (Researcher at Institute for Dispute Resolution in Africa – UNISA);  Mr Seane Mabitsela Lecture, Development Studies, UNIVEN; Mr Muhammed Desai: (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement)and Prof. Muxe Nkondo (Social Policy, National Strategists, and discourse analysis scholar and practitioner – Former Vice Chancellor of UNIVEN). The lecture will be followed by the screening of the Palestinian film, “Five Broken Cameras.”

The Public lecture also forms part of a commitment made in the Cultural Agreement signed between the two countries. In previous years, the department has hosted Palestine Cultural Weeks and the United Nations International Day of Solidarity by showcasing Palestinian cultural heritage.

Members of the media are invited to attend the lecture as follows:

Date              : Friday, 13 October 2017

Venue          : University Art Gallery, University of Venda, Thohoyandou in Limpopo.

Time             : 09h00 am         

To RSVP, please contact Madimetja Moleba @ 072 842 6594/ madimetjam@dac.gov.za;          

For more information contact Teresa Magidela @ 060 601 7724 /teresam@dac.gov.za;