Completed Culture Projects

2008

In 2007, Isandla Institute conducted research on culture as a (undervalued and underutilised) tool for urban regeneration. This included an assessment of the current cultural environment in Cape Town and documenting nearly 50 case studies of local, national and international cultural activities and organisations. In 2008, the research and findings were published in the discussion paper Culture and the Right to the City: Diversity in the Cultural Ecology of Cape Town.  The report presents a coherent argument for a more comprehensive approach to culture in urban regeneration and is a valuable resource on innovative practice in communities.

In June 2008, Isandla Institute hosted a Round Table on the topic Whose right is it anyway? Communal violence and deprivation in the land of plenty. This was in response to the xenophobic attacks that erupted in urban areas across South Africa in May 2008, which shocked the country. The purpose of the meeting was to create a space for leading development professionals in the city to debate and reflect on this very painful episode in South Africa's recent history.

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