South African Cultural Observatory National Conference

Kevin Kimwelle

Kimwelle’s foundation in architectural studies and experience begun in Nairobi, Kenya and continued to Port Elizabeth with his undergraduate and master studies. He pursues a multidisciplinary doctoral research between CPUT, NMMU and Wismar University (Germany) where he is sensitive to people centred approach under supervision Prof. Mugendi K M'Rithaa and further responds to the urgency towards social justice through activist and co-supervisor Prof. Janet Cherry. Well travelled Eastern and Southern Africa in overland trips his work is mainly within the genre of community

Well travelled Eastern and Southern Africa in overland trips his work is mainly within the genre of community design/architecture where he explores alternatives that ground the green agenda in communities promoting a holistic sustainable development. with a musical background, he was part of the team behind the iconic Alliance Française Richmond Hill Street Music Festival growing it from 500 to 35,000people between 2011 – 2015; here he focused on its urban design, community participation and promoting a green culture.  Currently under construction is the Masifunde Leaner Academy - a green education building in Gqebera / Walmer Township that promotes creativity the green agenda amount the youth. The Joe Slovo West Community Project has is a green centre that was the only architecture and social project nominated in 2017 Design Indaba’s MBOISA (most beautiful object in South Africa), The work has a high social impact and creatively tackles various layers of community needs whilst building capacity in the township.

Kevin Kimwell

Kevin Kimwell

Cultural Observatory issues call for National Conference papers

January 31, 2017: THE SOUTH African Cultural Observatory (SACO) today announced the theme for its national conference of the arts, heritage and culture sectors.

2016 National Conference Highlights

Watch the SACO 'National Conference 2016 - Counting Culture' highlights video featuring interviews with some of the speakers and participants; and conference insights and lessons.

About the South African Cultural Observatory

Led by the Department of Arts and Culture, and hosted by NMMU, the SACO is a statistical research institute which charts the impact of the cultural and creative industries in South Africa.

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