Listening to the voices of children
At the Arts and Reconciliation Festival, University of Pretoria
Baagi People’s Arts were among groups of performers who graced the Arts and Reconciliation festival hosted by the University of Pretoria in March 2005. The group under the leadership of Donald Legodi, performed for the delegates and was a resounding success. They performed a piece about an AIDS orphan who battles to make ends meet. The community then comes together to help her out. Another piece was about a fun-loving youth who eventually dies alone and lonely from AIDS-related illness. The highlight of this session was when delegates were led down the red carpet to the table where they pledged to remain HIV negative and for those who are HIV positive pledged not to spread the virus.
The performers made a strong impression on the delegates and some representatives from government departments and non-governmental organisations showed interest in future collaboration with the group.
UNICEF was highly praised for supporting Donald and his team.