Memory as a Tool: Arts and Culture for Reconciliation Resource Guide



In 2006, the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation initiated a Memory, Arts and Culture Project to explore how different art genres can be used as a tool for reconciliation. Since then, the Institute has developed a method to involve and encourage the youth to use Arts in their communities as a platform to share narratives and learn from each other. These communities range from Rievasmaak, Lutzburg and Platfontein in the Northern Cape; to Kokstad, Umzimkhulu and Durban in KwaZulu-Natal; and Maccassar, Ottery, Khayelitsha, Langa, Pinelands, Retreat, Wynberg and Pelican Heights in the Western Cape.

As a result of working in these communities, the Institute has produced a range of educational material for formal and informal settings based on three distinct art forms namely storytelling, film and music. These publications have been widely distributed within the formal education system as well as to libraries and communities. This publication marks the conclusion of the final leg of this five-year project, and focuses on how indigenous musical instruments can be used as a tool to build an inclusive society.