GIPCA to host “the names we give’ in May


The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) proudly presents “the names we give’, a weekend long occasion of performances ranging from film, jazz, public interventions and a groupthink called “Delicious Sensations’. Facilitated by Donald Gordon Creative Arts Award Winner, Rael Jero Salley, the event will take place between 13 to 15 May at the UCT’s Hiddingh Campus.

According to Salley, everyday life happens through primary activities like social life, politics and history, but basic to each is the giving (and taking) of names. “This fact presents a need to address past legacies and present questions at once for the sake of new futures,’ said Salley. “The names we give to concepts, things and people put them in a specific headspace,’ said Jay Pather, GIPCA Director. “This in turn influences our interactions with them, and sows the seeds for selective sometimes myopic, viewing. The weekend event will be a large, malleable space for creative conversations about these “names we give’ in an interactive, informal, social environment,’ he added.

Speakers have been drawn from a range of different institutions and contexts: Thembiknosi Goniwe and Zen Marie (Wits University), Ruth Simbao and Nomusa Makhubu (Rhodes University), Leora Farber (University of Johannesburg), Crain Soudien, Carolyn Hamilton and Imraan Coovadia (University of Cape Town), Kathryn Smith (Stellenbosch University), Lerato Bereng (curator at Brodie Stevenson Gallery in Johannesburg), Creative Cape Town’s Zayd Minty, Ntone Edjabe (founding editor of Chimurenga Magazine) and writer, Alex Dodd. Film screenings curated by Lesedi Mogoatlhe will bring fresh perspectives in compelling image and sound.

The full programme will be available on by the end of April. The registration fee for attending all three days is R60, or R30 for a single day. Student registration fees are R40 for the entire event, or R20 per day. Bookings need to be made by emailing, payment can be made at the door. For more information contact the GIPCA office on 021 480 7156 or


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