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Invitation to a Rivonia Declaration: A workshop

November 1 @ 6:30 am - 8:30 pm


What are you willing to die for? Join Dave Neita for this interactive writing workshop on 1 November at 6.30pm at The Community Works and explore that very question as part of the Kicking the Bucket Festival 2023.

In the Rivonia Trials, 1963-64, lawyer and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela (on the 20th April 1964) gave a speech in his own defence from the dock.  Madiba (accused and future president) spoke about the fact that he had lived a life promoting harmony and equal opportunity for all.  He declared them ideals he lived for and if needs be he would be prepared to die for these ideals as well.  Nelson Mandela was given life in prison at this trial but the ideals could never be incarcerated.  Madiba came out of prison 27 years later to continue to promote these ideals for the rest of his life until he died in 2013 … the ideals live on!

This workshop will give the participants an opportunity to have a Rivonia Moment where they get to think about the ideals they want to live for and the ones they are prepared to die for.  Participants will have a chance to write a living will of ideals using poetry and illustrations and furthermore the opportunity to recite and share their ideals in a supportive group setting.

There will be an opportunity to enjoy supper at Lula’s Ethiopian and Eritrean Cuisine (in the same venue) after the workshop. Please contact Lula’s direct to book.


November 1
6:30 am - 8:30 pm


Kicking the Bucket Festival
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The Community Works
21 Park End Street
Oxford, OX1 1HH United Kingdom