Central to the festival is fostering a connectedness with vulnerable people in urban spaces. Its awareness-raising campaigns and workshops focus on issues such as homelessness and housing, gender-based violence, child justice, health justice, the plight of refugees and migrants, and greener cities. Inner-city communities in Tshwane as well as communities from Mamelodi, Eersterust, Mabopane and Pretoria East will participate in the festival. Homeless communities always actively participate in the festival, and in 2021 the reclaimer (people who reclaim reusable and recyclable materials from dumps in the Tshwane area) community will also come out in support.
The main festival will be preceded by two weeks of workshops and related activities. Variations on this year’s theme, which is ‘The courage to be…’, will be unpacked; sub-themes include the courage to speak out, the courage to be silent, the courage to love, the courage to do justice, the courage to care, the courage to resist and more, Prof De Beer explains.