On Saturday 13 August 2016, Between 10and5 hosted a sold-out conference for creative womxn in Johannesburg. The event is supported by a month-long content series including in-depth interviews, conversations and video features that explore womxnhood and creativity.
In curating the lineup for the X conference, we knew exactly what kind of event we didn’t want to host: You arrive, get swept up in an inspirational high, and leave unchanged. The vision for this conference was to cultivate a sense of togetherness, provide a platform for candid and important stories to be told, create an intimate environment in which meaningful conversations could take place, and spark connections would that last long after the event was over. What transpired on the day was nothing short of magic. To quote our brilliant MC Laura Windvogel, it was a day that “changed lives and directions”, and we can’t wait to host another.
Listen to live recordings from the X conference below.
“It’s much more radical to love than to hate.” – Mail & Guardian arts editor Milisuthando Bongela
“In a world that polices who we should be, how we should be and where we should be – creativity is not just necessary. It’s urgent.” – Writer and baker Dinika Govender
“If I wait for someone to validate my existence, it will mean that I’m shortchanging myself.” – Visual activist Zanele Muholi
“Social media is powerful and important, but to have written, published stories come from South Africa is so necessary.” – Prufrock editor Helen Sullivan
“The boundary between art and its audience gets dissolved through play, and that’s important.” – Artist and teacher Anthea Moys
“Jewellery and ornamentation can be one of the most powerful acts of rebellion, defiance, and celebration.” – Pichulik founder Katherine-Mary Pichulik
“I write love poems too, but you only want to see my mouth torn open in protest.” – Poet and playright Koleka Putuma
“There is not enough material in our libraries to teach people about sexuality and all of its forms.” – Transgender activist Lesiba Mothibe
“We’re a continent in the know. People think we’re behind. That’s bullshit.” – Trend forecaster Nicola Cooper
“Stories are unifiers, but they’re also how you diversify your community or your outlook.” – Musician and author Mohale Mashigo
Note: Choreographer Nelisiwe Xaba and comedy collective Thenx Ladies gave talks that were performative in nature, and these haven’t been made into podcasts.
Find more #CreativeWomxn features, interviews and videos here.