Taiwo Afolabi presented the conversation Environmental Theatre and Climate Justice in Africa livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Wednesday 5 July at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 5 p.m. WAT/BST (Lagos, London, UTC +1) / 6 p.m. SAST/CEST (Berlin, Johannesburg, UTC +2) / 7 p.m. EAT (Nairobi, UTC + 3).
Environmental theatre in Africa has been a vital medium for creating awareness of and learning about climate change on the continent. Artists are aware that climate change has come to stay, the need to engage the art to discuss issues such as climate change mitigation strategies, anticipatory adaptation modes and climate justice. This episode introduced the series. Guest speakers reflected on the question of environmental theatre and climate justice in Africa. Particularly, we reflected on the past and imagine the future. Questions explored include how did we get here? what are the challenges of doing environmental theatre on the continent and how can environmental theatre fully promote climate justice on the continent? And how do we move forward?
Aleya Kassam is a Kenyan feminist, storyteller, writer, and performer. Her work, which is often eco-feminist in nature, explores the spaces between imagination and memory, and uses ritual as a way to access those realms. She is also a co-founder of the award-winning content studio, The LAM Sisterhood, which fills the world with stories for African women to feel seen, heard, and beloved including the children's podcast KaBrazen.