A Gathering Of Curious Minds

CAPE TOWN – The epic Whale Well at the Iziko South African Museum will serve as the backdrop for the first Talking Heads Live event of the year on Saturday, 20th April 2013.

The Africa Centre’s Talking Heads is a knowledge-sharing platform that uses the potent art of conversation to discover and interrogate the work of thirty-six seasoned thought leaders, experts and mavericks. Drawn from very different disciplines, the gurus are invited to interact and converse with audience members. The aim is to exchange ideas, experiences, build and test knowledge, while developing new ways of thinking about some of the toughest social, economic and environmental problems facing us today.

Hosted in Cape Town and Johannesburg, Talking Heads is a carefully curated experience that sees multiple conversations happening simultaneously. The discussions that emerge are always invigorating and spirited.

A genius mix of musical chairs and speed dating for the brain, a bell marks the time and guests are invited to move from table to table engaging in four intimate 20-minute conversations. In one evening you could meet with a social activist, an expert in Artificial Intelligence, a seasoned foodie, a tech junkie or perhaps a clinical psychologist … the possibilities are endless.

Confirmed speakers for the event include the edgy and ever-controversial author Ronald Suresh Roberts; women rights advocate Dr. Sindiwe Magona, urban food security genius Leonie Joubert, dinosaur lover, Dr. Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan; artist and cultural activist Jill Trappler; community agitator and anarchist Aragorn Eloff; tree-hugging green enthusiast Misa Teasdale; shark warrior Lesley Rochat; medical herb specialist Dr. Nox Makunga; youth activator James Donald; vanished civilizations expert Michael Tellinger; and holistic system thinker and water nymph Caron von Zeil; to name a few.

“Talking Heads was launched in 2008 in a response to a real need for African thought leaders across disciplines to connect, share their ideas in real time with live audiences and remotely via audio and video casts”, remarks Africa Centre Executive Director, Tanner Methvin.

At the core of the Talking Heads initiative is a call to challenge misleading stereotypes about Africa and help people move away from a single story of corruption, poverty, disease and conflict to something more complex, resilient and real.

“For us it’s about profiling and amplifying the exciting and bold ways that people are thinking in this city. Often this profound thinking happens behind closed doors. Talking Heads brings these locally meaningful, yet globally relevant conversations out into the open,” Methvin adds.

This one-night-only event promises to be a glitzy affair where conversations will be punctuated by a cocktail reception and a light meal served. Only 70 seats are available, tickets can be purchased through Computicket.