When in #031, you may see a Durbanite,
when in #cop17.031 you mite be a DurbanKnight
The Call-out sounded loud and past the walls, for people in Durban during #cop17 to stand up, accept the challenge and rise to be Knights, serving the army of Justice, lady tall, blind and a weapon in each hand.
Several DurbanKnights emerged through the flames, free-radicals skimming surfaces across the city, night-time taxi’s, carpeted corridors and urban tree shade. Each Knight represented his/her own flag. Each Knight brought their own supplies, networks, creative skills, available time, sheer genius, and time crafted a tapestry of actions, networks, moments and creations that ghosted through the #cop17 process.
The People’s Space
Two DurbanKnights accepted eagerly the challenge, working in murky circumstances to produce a nightly cinema/live performance space. Each evening between 7pm and 8pm, (excluding the weekend) there was a screening of environmental and/or climate change awareness film(s), in collaboration with the Tricontinental Film Festival.
This was followed (8-10pm) by a live band and ‘open mic’ session. Zimbabwean alternative/fusion band TangaPasi headlined the event, opening and closing the sessions. The event also hosted poetry, spoken word, dance, guest speeches, musical performance, etc.Excerpts of the sessions were be filmed by community-based video trainees and broadcast on the internet, as well as photography by Timothy Wighall.
The venue provided a space for visitors and climate activists to socialise and network, as well as nurturing creative alternative voices that advocated for global action on climate change and climate justice. The event was enthusiastically received by all who attended (with approximately 100 people passed through each evening). This can be seen from the facebook comments. On Wednesday 7th December, ActionAid launched their new film ‘Smoke in the Sky’ and a special ‘Celebrating Rural Women’ night was organised, with a wide and wonderful range of female artists performing. On Thursday 8th, we hosted Rootz n Reggae Special Soup and we graced by the presence of The Meditators, The TuffMasters, Men of daPast, Luminati and more.
Pamela & Shawn.
Two performers at these events, known as Ewok and Comrade Fatso, also collaborated on a spoken word track, found here:
Several other songs came through, including the official #occupycop17 song. http://soundcloud.com/creamy-ewok-baggends/occupy
Read Ewok’s written peace in Self Paralysis
LIVE ART as part of the LINGO International Call-out for this mural to be duplicated around the world.
Check out these Logo Jams
Tho we were not able to slay the beast, we did deliver a mortal wound, from inside the belly, the people began to stand their ground and raise their voices
And to complete your viewing, some media from #cop17: