Azania to DC International Arts Exchange
Since 2013 international artist exchange programs between Washington, DC, USA and the City of Tshwane (Pretoria), South Africa have become annual celebrations of each Sister Cities International partners’ growing arts and culture sectors. I organize these exchange tours for promising young artists from each city to receive travel and technical experience in their field, mostly poetry writing and performance. As a Teaching Artist I make sure every exchange tour involves school visits and workshops with young people so that the artists are constantly giving back and learning from the community they are visiting.
This page is a look back on each of those programs, bringing South African poets to tour DC, and taking DC poets to tour the City of Tshwane, South Africa. We call it “Azania to DC” because southern Africa was known as Azania before colonization and much work around decolonization in both SA and DC still needs to be done. Our young artists are continuing that social justice work and advocacy using art and community organizing. These programs are made possible in part by funding from the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities.
SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH AFRICA