Sylvia Vollenhoven

Writer, award-winning journalist, playwright and filmmaker. A University of Johannesburg Professor of Practice (Humanities Faculty). Stellenbosch University Project Manager for the 2023 Krotoa Building renaming process, which is linked to the Krotoa Is Present initiative. A Knight as well as Stias (Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies) Fellow. Awarded Sweden’s main journalism prize by the Publicistklubben, the prestigious Nordic academy of writers and publishers. Nomination: Cinema for Peace Award 2021 for Jozi gold (co-director and South African producer). Commissioned by the District Six Museum and Artscape to write Dance of the La Gumas: Revolution, rumba & romance, a play about the renowned writer Alex La Guma, which had a sold-out debut run in 2022. Commissioned by the Volksoperahuis of Amsterdam to write Krotoa Eva van de Kaap, a play that premiered in the Netherlands to standing ovations before sold-out runs in South Africa. Her seminal dance drama about Khoisan identity, The keeper of the kumm (based on the creative nonfiction novel of the same name that won the Mbokodo Literature Award), opened on the main programme at the National Arts Festival (NAF). A play she co-authored, My word! Redesigning Buckingham Palace, was chosen for a run on London’s West End and for the main programme at the NAF. The Main Festival also selected another of her plays, Cold case: Revisiting Dulcie September. This won both the inaugural Adelaide Tambo Award for Human Rights in the Arts as well as a Standard Bank Audience Award. South African producer for the BBC TV mini-series Mandela the living legend. Chair of the 2018 and 2019 Alan Paton Literary Award jury. Member of the International Emmy Awards 2018 jury. (Picture: Henk Oets)

Restore the right to learn with Ausis, uMakhulus and uGogos: A reflection on Youth Month and returning to the wisdom of female knowledge keepers

Sylvia Vollenhoven, June Bam Cultuur 2023-06-22

"By bringing Ausi/uGogo/uMakhulu back into the classroom and diverse sites of learning for our youth in communities, through both formal and informal education – in our streets, in the townships and in our schools, colleges and universities in Africa – we restore the right to learn and to reclaim being equally human across the racial and class divide."

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