Goethe-Institut South Africa is set to host the next Imagination Night in Johannesburg on 26 June.
The event, which is titled “Women, Music, and Media”, will be presented by trombone player Lebogang Pangwa and bass guitarist Tebogo Sedumedi from the HerArtistry organization, as well as Edward Tsumele from CityLifeArts.
Imagination Night is a program which aims to promote the exchange of ideas for all budding entrepreneurs in the cultural and social economies.
Speaking on the event Pangwa said, “Our focus on Imagination Night is to introduce our company HerArtistry to the public. This is the first time ever we will be involving the public because we are a new company under the Hub at Goethe program.”
“HerArtistry is an organization that actively seeks to change and alleviate the levels of gender inequality and partiality that plague the entertainment industry today. We have taken it upon ourselves to create a formal structure that will solely be concerned about gaining work opportunities for women who work in the industry.”
Sedumedi stated that the event would discuss the challenges confronted by women in music and the media.
“We want people to know the intensity to which women are marginalized and discriminated in the music industry. There are many issues such as getting opportunities to work on huge events like national awards ceremonies and inaugurations as well as TV and studio productions.
“Even with the events that are directed towards women, female musicians are not approached or booked to perform or work as part of those events. There are women in the South African entertainment industry who are arrangers, sound engineers, songwriters, producers, composers, professional instrumentalists and music directors whose works go unseen.”