Posts tagged: Villa Arcadia

Knowledge Leeches

“Dude, Talking Heads – I love that band.” It’s a joke wearing thin, as I break away from an inebriated group of friends preparing for a very different kind of Saturday night – the Converse Party at Mary Fitzgerald Square. I compose myself, shaking off the afternoon’s beers, as I approach the Villa Acardia mansion for an evening of intellectual stimulation, staring down the FOMO. Apparently there’s going to be carnival rides at that Converse thing... ‘A multi-layered, knowledge sharing platform conceived to identify, showcase, network and expose Africa’s thought leaders. It profiles the ideas, visions and manifestations of the extraordinary people living on this continent.' It’s the description printed on the back of a card received upon entering the Villa. There’ll be four sessions, according to the card, each with an accompanying table number. I’d hoped for some choice in my ‘heads’. Perhaps they’ll be like the TED talks ... read more

Speed-dating. For Thinkers.

It’s described as “Wikipedia on steroids”. There are 50 thought leaders, experts and mavericks sitting at different tables around the room. You have the chance of four 20-minute conversations, and you don’t know who you’ll be talking to. REBECCA DAVIS found out a little more about the Africa Centre’s Talking Heads Live events, which kick off this weekend. The Africa Centre is a pretty interesting beast. Established in 2005, it has a lofty mandate: “To utilise art and culture generated in Africa and the diaspora to create positive change,” Talking Heads curator Robin Jutzen tells the Daily Maverick. Each of their projects has a different way of fulfilling this ambitious aim. The Badilisha Poetry X-Change, for instance, aims to correct the situation whereby African poetry previously had no centralised repository online, often limiting the readership to foreign publications and academics, meaning that young African pupils are often likely to be ... read more