Coinciding with the week in which Human Rights Day falls in South Africa, the inaugural Human Rights Festival includes: We The People Walk, a 5km or 8km walk, on March 25 (register online via webtickets), Activism Row, an interactive and educational space where visitors can learn more about activism and the work of local NGOs; a Social Forum where educators, activists, creators, government representatives and entrepreneurs will come together to discuss the major issues facing South African civil society; the Solution Sessions, a series of talks curated by Afropunk focused on youth participation in civil society and; The Boy's Doin' It: A Celebration of Hugh Masekela's Life & Music, a Hugh Masekela tribute concert featuring the full band he toured with for the past decade, directed by South African music veteran Khaya Mahlangu. The arts also play a major role in the festival with a book fair, poetry festival, music festival, art exhibitions and a film festival.
On the final day of the Human Rights Festival the annual We The People Walk leaves from Constitution Hill taking a route through the streets of central Joburg in honour of South Africa's democracy and the human rights enshrined in the country's constitution. Note that pre-registration for the We The People Walk (Mar 25) and for the Music Festival (Mar 24) is essential.
The schedule for the three day festival runs as follows:
10:00–16:00 Activism Row
Friday March 23
17:00–24:00 Film festival, poetry festival, night market and art exhibition launches
19:00 Inxeba (The Wound) film screening
20:00 We Write To Salute You, a poetry tribute to the late Keorapetse William Kgositsile led by Top South Africa’s poets Natalia Molebatsi, MoAfrika 'a Mokgathi and Thabiso Afurakan Mohare
Saturday March 2410:00–17:00 Activism Row, The Social Forum discussion series, Afropunk Solution Sessions, Book Fair, exhibitions and market
11:00 Radiance of Resistance, documentary film about the young women of Palestine
14:00 Voetsek! Us, Brothers? documentary film about xenophobia in South Africa
17:00 Not in My Neighbourhood, documentary film about the effects of urban development and gentrification
19:00–24:00 Free Music festival (n.b admission is free but you must register online in advance). The line-up for the evening includes Nancy G, Mpho Sabina, Stogie T, Tresor, Samthing Soweto, Bongani Radebe, Umlilo and DJ Kenzhero.
Sunday March 2508:00–11:00 We The People Walk
10:00–17:00 Activism Row, The Social Forum discussion series, Afropunk Solution Sessions, Book Fair, exhibitions and market
16:00 The Boy's Doin' It: A Celebration of Hugh Masekela's Life & Music
17:00–19:00 Film festival and Poetry festival
17:00 Winnie (documentary film)
We The People Walk
To join the 5km or 8km We The People Walk around Joburg on March 25 you need to register online via webtickets. Registration for the walk costs R60 (kids under 12 years old R40).