Client: City of Cape Town
Duration: 27-29 March 2009
The Arts & Culture Unit of the City of Cape Town contracted Creative Consulting and Development Works (from here on referred to as Development Works) to conduct a Cultural Diversity Training Workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to explore issues of culture and diversity amongst the participants with respect to language, cultural traditions, religion, gender, sexuality and various other axes of difference.
Project Name: Cultural Diversity Workshop
Client: City of Cape Town (CoCT)
Project Duration: 27-29 March 2009
Sector: Arts & Culture Unit
Service provided: Workshop Facilitation
The objective of Development Works was to provide a safe and suitable learning environment which allowed the participants to interact with each other, share their experiences and learn about diversity issues. The training workshop was delivered to a group of approximately 40 young people from various communities, backgrounds and all have been involved in arts and culture training workshops organised and facilitated by the Arts & Culture Unit in Cape Town.
The Development Works facilitation team conceptualized and developed a workshop programme with various exercises that allowed the participants to gain an awareness of what cultural diversity is and also the programme gave participants an opportunity to speak openly about individual perceptions that limit the freedom to explore and celebrate diversity.
The participants were from various communities and backgrounds in Cape Town ranging from Athlone to Khayelitsha, Delft to Mitchells Plain, Gugulethu to Atlantis, Nyanga to Hout Bay.
Our Approach: CC&DW implemented an approach where the workshop content incorporated theoretical and practical exercises that facilitated a process for participants to fully engage with the workshop content and material. The workshop sessions included the following:
Objectives of the workshop were set out , participants were informed that the activities were done to achieve certain goals. In a nutshell these sessions were done to create awareness about cultural diversity, to build trust amongst the participants, to learn about the participants’ different cultures and backgrounds, to create and maintain a platform/space for the participants to engage with issues relating to race, language, gender, sexuality, religion, identity and ethnicity, to uncover participants’ perceptions of those who they regard as different to them and lastly to allow participants to discover more of themselves and self-reflect their own identity.
Value: The recommendations from the workshop from Development Works is that a follow-up workshop with the same group of participants to evaluate the impact of the workshop and further explore issues of diversity, building on this platform this workshop created.
In confronting issues of cultural diversity, the CC&DW’s facilitation team was able to raise awareness of difference and how these differences can perpetuate discrimination and prejudice.