Cape Town: Protesting as a Way to Survive

Mike shares how solidarity is growing among historically divided cultural practitioners and also how they are confronting politicians in demanding a more transparent and just system of public subsidies.

He also shares what the STAND-foundation which he had co-founded in 2020 in response to the precarity of the theater sector has achieved in the meanwhile.

This episode was recorded on April 16, 2021.


Mike van Graan, South Africa

Mike is a South African playwright. He was appointed as an Advisor to the first Minister of Arts and Culture in post-apartheid South Africa, where he played an influential role in shaping cultural policies. Currently, he’s the project manager for the Sustaining Theatre and Dance (STAND) Foundation.

Other episodes with Mike:


  • Matthias Jochmann (Host, Post Production, Producer)

Nimish Sawant, Stephanie Raible, An Huy Tran, Thomas Reintjes and Prathap Nair also helped make this episode.