The 7th annual Festival of Learning will be held in Johannesburg on 17th and 18th of May, and in Cape Town on 24th and 25th of May 2018.


With this year’s political transformations raising the hopes and expectations of the Nation, the Festival aims to ignite valuable conversations around the theme, ‘The Power to Create Change’. The programme of interactive talks, and panel discussions aimed at exploring how the fields of psychology, counselling and coaching can lead to individual and group transformation for the betterment of society. The Festival of Learning breaks with tradition when it comes to presentation format by focusing on generating dialogues and conversations that directly and meaningfully connect the festival-goers and presenters.


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The Human Library comes to SACAP

The Human Library will be staged for the first time in Johannesburg and again in Cape Town, this time at the 2018 Festival of Learning hosted by SACAP.

"Don’t Judge a book by its cover”.

This northern European concept was initiated to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is where books are people, reading is a conversation and difficult questions are expected, appreciated and encouraged. The books represent social groups who face prejudice, stereotyping and stigma, or who have endured experiences that are hard to talk about. The Human Library creates a safe space for their stories to unfold in order for an authentic exploration of the ‘titles’, which can range from social status to sexuality, health to trauma and loss, religion to politics.


Leading academics and experts, thought leaders and authors will be guiding a variety of dialogues across a wide variety of topics that explore the individual’s power to create change in their own life, family, community, workplace and country. Conversations will range from the latest on single parenting and blended families to new perspectives on human sexuality and gender, as well as pioneering initiatives to handle drug use and addiction.

For the first time, the 2018 Festival of Learning programme will also include two panel-driven discussions. The focus of the panel in Johannesburg will be on the relevance of psychology in South African and the topic for Cape Town is “Feminism, Sexuality and Mental Health”.

For more information on our talks and speaker bios, click here for Johannesburg or here for Cape Town.

Download the programme for Johannesburg and Cape Town

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