Neo Muyanga, Wole Soyinka, and William Kentridge.

Nigerian Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka was in conversation with South African artist William Kentridge and musician Neo Muyanga at an exciting event on Saturday, April 4 in Joburg. Having these three brilliant minds in one room was a legendary moment and we have photos to prove it!

The event was put together by the Centre for the Less Good Idea based in Maboneng, Johannesburg. Founded by William Kentridge and Bronwyn Lace, The Centre is an interdisciplinary incubator space aiming to find the less good idea by creating and supporting experimental, collaborative and cross-disciplinary arts projects.

The event began on April 4 with a reading of one of Wole Soyinka’s plays, The Bacchae of Euripides: A Communion Rite, followed by a conversation between Soyinka and founder of The Centre, William Kentridge, moderated by Neo Muyanga.

The trio discussed Soyinka’s focus on Pan-Africanism in his practice, the idea of African tragedy in his work, as well as a forthcoming publication by Soyinka which features artworks by Kentridge. This collaborative illustrated book combines Kentridge’s drawings with Soyinka’s epic tragic poem about the abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls by the Boko Haram.

Following the conversation was a performance of “Notebook of a long day’s journey into a Hillbrow night”, a production by the The Windybrow Arts Centre and Césaire Youth, in collaboration with The Centre for the Less Good Idea, that revisits Aimé Césaire’s epic decolonial poem, Return to My Native Land, through the contemporary lens of teenagers living in Hillbrow.

Check out the photos from the event below.