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Open Call for Sub-Saharan Africa Storytellers

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Twyg, working with the British Council, is looking for six storytellers from six southern African countries to document the journeys of six designers who have recently participated in the Circular Design Lab.

Deadline: 9 January 2020

British Council and Twyg are holding an open call for multi-media storytellers to skilfully document the journeys of designers. If selected, they will follow the story of the designers participating in the Making Matters Circular Design Lab.

We invite writers, multimedia storytellers, videographers, photographers, and audio artists in the following countries to apply: Malawi, Zambia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

One storyteller in each country will be selected to develop and create a narrative that will create and share a deeper understanding of the Sub-Saharan Africa design sector. The storytellers should have an interest in design and the circular economy.


The successful candidates will show the potential to creatively use one or more media and to sensitively construct a narrative about a designer and her/his process.


The successful candidates will participate in a workshop in Cape Town, where storytellers will share ideas, explore creative storytelling, and connect with each other and other professionals.


Details of the Call

• All publishable mediums are encouraged;
• All genres are encouraged;
• There is no submission fee;
• Storytellers will be compensated;

• Storytellers must be between the ages of 18-35 with a working knowledge of English;
• We do not discriminate against any person’s sexual orientation or people with disabilities;
• Storytellers must be available to travel to Cape Town during the week of 10 February 2020;
• Hold a valid passport;

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• Submissions will be assessed on potential to create quality stories for the design sector and a broader audience;
• Support material should include 3 examples of previously published work;

• We are looking to work with a storyteller in each of the following countries: Malawi, Zambia, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mozambique;
• Storytellers will hold copyright of their content but agree to authorise/license a number of publications to use this work free of charge as part of the process;

• If shortlisted, candidates should be available to be interviewed on either the 13 or 14 January 2020.
• British Council funds the project.


How to apply
• Send three examples of your published work in English (max 2 pages / 1000 words each story and / or video recording and / or audio and / or photographs) to cc;
• Although not a requirement, previous work on sustainability and/or design would be an advantage;
• Send us your CV;
• Deadline for receipt of submission: 9 January 2020;
• Shortlisted candidates will be contacted on the 10 January 2020.

About British Council

British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organization for educational opportunities and cultural relations.

Design Futures falls under its Southern African Arts programme, which has developed cultural connections between young people aged 18-35 in the UK and Southern Africa with a range of arts projects and use of digital platforms to build creative networks through art forms including, fashion, music, film, design and more.

About Twyg

Twyg is South African online brand encouraging a modern, eco-conscious and forward-thinking lifestyle. It inspires with stories about fashion, food and places that don’t harm the planet nor people.

TWYG is a fast-developing brand, which was founded and edited by Jackie May, who has over 20 years of experience working in media. It focuses on sustainability issues and is driven by young energetic local writers across Southern Africa.

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Jackie May, Project Director
Rutendo Nyamuda, Project Manager

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