The Robben Island Peace Project

Commissioned by the Robben Island Museum in 2002, this was the first public performance by young people to take place on the infamous prison island off the coast of Cape Town.

About 30 young people and their tutors from Phakama’s community arts groups from all over South Africa came to stay on Robben Island where they worked closely with an ex-prisoner and staff of the Robben Island Museum. A group of young people living on the Island also joined the project. The young people came from different regions and spoke nine or ten of South Africa’s national languages.

4 months of devising between artists and young people from around the country culminated in performances on the island for Freedom day.