An African Theatre of the Oppressed

In a 4th report from the ICAF Festival, Owen Kelly talks to Bonface Beti, about his workshop Music is at the heart of African creativity.

Episode 04     April 28, 2023
Contributors    Bonface Beti     |   Owen Kelly    

The website of the WHEAT Institute in Manitoba, Canada, describes Bonface Beti like this.

Bonface Njeresa Beti is an international artist-peacebuilder and educator who applies theatre-based interventions with individuals and communities to create a story of peace. He integrates and applies embodied expressive tools into larger social justice issues as a language for social justice, decolonization, and structural transformation.

He completed his undergraduate psychological counseling and theatre studies in Kenya and holds a MA degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Manitoba, Canada, and is currently working on his PhD at the same University. He is currently admitted to the European Graduate School in Switzerland where he’s pursuing an advanced certificate to join PhD studies in Expressive Arts and Conflict Transformation.

Bonface is also currently serving as WHEAT’s Expressive Arts for Social Change and Peacebuilding Director.

In this episode Owen Kelly talks to Bonface Beti on aspects of the workshop that he led at ICAF called Music is at the heart of African creativity. They discuss its form, its outcomes, the surprises within it, forum theatre, theatre of the oppressed, and the workshop’s relationship to its title.