A Virtual Insika Festival for Men
The Insika Festival of Men, which occurs annually between 23-26 July was held digitally this year in attempts to abide by lockdown regulations.
The festival is usually a competition that involves young men playing leading roles in skits that are submitted to Ekhaya Arts Centre, K-CAP keeping within themes that are provided to them. This year it was set up differently, due to the virus. Competitors submitted their skits digitally and the 4 days were also used as a seminar to provide understanding and educate young men on culture, tradition and social issues.
It had a total of 12 speakers who advised and discussed topics for each day. These included understanding culture, tradition, homosexuality, gender based violence and building responsible future husbands. Winners were announced on the last day of the seminar.
Edmund Mhlongo, founder and director of K-CAP, said that they decided to host the virtual seminar to empower and educate young men, whilst curbing the spread of the virus. Mhlongo said, “We were forced to make the festival digitally so we can curb the spread of the virus. The public will be able to be a part of and interact with the speakers of the seminar through our digital platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.”
A member of the public who interacted in the seminar, Muzi Duma, said it assisted in teaching him how to become a better individual and to also see the ripple effect that the actions of men have on their loved ones and their community.
“I learned about my roots, the role of a man in the public and the influence that different roles that we play in the community impact society. I also learnt about the ways in which men can work on treating our women better and the importance that they have in our lives. I also found information on the purpose of man, and how small actions like acknowledging when we’re wrong, help in building responsible husbands,” said Duma.
Picture: Ekhaya Arts Centre Facebook page