ArtGlo regularly participates in a variety of events that combine the arts and driving social change. Below are a number of the special initiatives that we’ve been involved in. If you have an event or project that you would like ArtGlo to be a part of, please do not hesitate to connect with us.
Culture and Bodies is a network of scientists, researchers and artists who work with local communities in Malawi and Tanzania to explore how we can use community arts to prevent non-communicable diseases. The project allows researchers from medical and social sciences, and arts and humanities in the UK, Malawi, and Tanzania to work closely with non-governmental, arts, and community organisations to develop unique inter-disciplinary knowledge, understanding, skills and methods.
ArtGlo is part of the Sustainable Futures in Africa (SFA) network, an interdisciplinary collective that brings together researchers, educators, and communities of practice that acknowledge the situated and complex nature of practices and conceptions of sustainability. SFA aims to build understanding, research, and practice in socio-ecological sustainability in Africa.
In January 2018, ArtGlo ran a workshop bringing together artists and development practitioners to explore the role of arts in development projects. Film-maker Elson Kambalu made a short documentary about the event.
In 2016 and 2018, ArtGlo brought our participatory, arts-based approach to the Day of Ideas, an initiative hosted by Lake of Stars and the British Council Malawi. On the day before the Lake of Stars music festival, secondary school students from the area are invited to join a day of fun and brainstorming. We started discussions with the youth on civil society and development.
Lake of Stars is Malawi’s premier music festival, and ArtGlo has had an exciting partnership. In 2016, we delivered a creative writing workshop and participatory storytelling sessions. In 2018, ArtGlo hosted at the Malambo Stage, showcasing performances from our Make Art / Stop AIDS Squads, poetry readings, and artist Q&As, among other things.
In 2016, ArtGlo hosted a livestream of TEDx Lilongwe at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College in Zomba. Rodney Likaku, the former Programme Officer for Students with Dreams, participated in the event and delivered a talk on youth leadership.
At Pakachere Arts Festival in Zomba, ArtGlo screened Last Chance, a film by Chancy Mauluka that exposed the sexual abuse of girls in rural primary schools. Pakachere Guesthouse is a local hostel and restaurant in Zomba.