This symposium seeks to explore contemporary indigenous performances as transformative practices aimed at enhancing social cohesion. It focuses specifically on the role of festivals in advancing reconciliation efforts and investigates how such events contribute to reimagining communities and rebuilding trust. With reference to the philosophical, historical and religious roots of reconciliation, the symposium will look at the tensions and affects involved in performances that engage with (hi)stories of colonialism and contemporary formations of injustice. We also seek to probe the conditions that enable festival arts to flourish in their own contexts and to be taken from local to national and transnational forums. The role, and limits, of festivals as resonant interfaces where emancipative strategies, wellbeing, creativity and indigenous cultural capital are promoted are of particular interest here. Responding to current debates on the question of reconciliation and social justice, the symposium hopes to provide comparisons of various artistic, community-driven, cross-cultural and trans-local initiatives.
This event is organised as part of the Indigeniety in the Contemporary World project.