Prof Roberta Comunian and Dr Jonathan Gross, in collaboration with international partners at Rhodes University, contribute to the programme of KCL Africa Week (6th-10th March)

They will share with online audience findings from a recent project on “Future Festivals South Africa” (AHRC, grant number AH/P005950/1). The seminar will launch the final policy report of the project, with a discussion of its key findings and implications for policy. The project included extensive fieldwork and support for festival organisations during different phases of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa between November 2020 and March 2022.

The seminar will see reflections from Prof. Roberta Comunian and Prof. Jen Snowball on the project development, its methods and the collaboration between King’s College London and Rhodes University. Ms Fiona Drummond will discuss here the extensive mapping of the impact of Covid-19 on South Africa Festivals between 2019 and 2021. Highlights from the report will be presented by Prof. Snowball and Prof. Comunian. Dr Jonathan Gross will present some reflections on the results of the “Letters, Videos & Pictures from the Future” data collection. Mr Delon Tarentaal will present some insight from the quantitative analysis of online and offline audience participation during the pandemic. Conclusions will be drawn on the lessons learnt and their policy implications.

There will be an opportunity for Q&A at the end of the talks.

The final report from the project will be available to download from the 9th of March 2023.

To register and participate in the online event, please use this link:

This event is part of the African Leadership Centre’s – Africa Week 2023 celebrations – taking place 6-10 March 2023.