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The Indra Congress is a global network of community artists, cultural practitioners, and educators. An alternative; mediator of arts and culture for intra- and inter-personal social change, it provides a safe space for youth to communicate social issues. The network actively participates in a biannual program where representatives of the different Indra hubs come together in a face-to-face congress.
Luthando Ngema is the new ARROWSA Chairperson. Ms Ngema is a lecturer in Media at the School of Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is also a researcher, teacher and social media expert and one of the project leaders for the Fukamisa Intsha film project - community engagement for UKZN. She is a PhD candidate, Media and Cultural Studies UKZN.
ARROWSA’s main arts for social change project is based at Bechet High School, Sydenham Durban. This programme known as ARROWSA Bechet is led by Mr Bheki Dlamini and includes weekly after school sessions. In the sessions the process and product are given equal importance. The youth (ranging from approximately 14 to 18 years old) participate in drama-for-social change exercises that focus on personal change and learn performing and visual arts skills.