Mike van Graan

International Cultural Relations: Beyond useful idiocy, towards being agents of real change

Mike van Graan is the President of the African Cultural Policy Network and an award-winning playwright with 34 plays under his belt.

He is currently an artist-in-residence at the University of Pretoria where he was conferred with an honorary doctorate in 2018 in recognition of his cultural activism and creative work.

Mike van Graan will interrogate in his keynote the nature of contemporary international cultural relations and the interests they serve in a global order that is fundamentally inequitable, and suggest ways in which cultural partnerships could contribute to real change.