Symposium Good Hope for a new generation

On 5 April 2017 the Rijksmuseum organizes, in cooperation with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the symposium 'Good Hope for a new generation - Change in South Africa and The Netherlands'. Dutch author Adriaan van Dis and South African author Antjie Krog will discuss together with South African scientist Mamokgethi Phakeng (University of Cape Town) this topic with students from the Vrije Universiteit and South Africa and other experts.

Symposium with Adriaan van Dis, Rijksmuseum & VU

The symposium Good Hope for a new generation is fully booked. Unfortunately, registration is not possible anymore.

mandela The exhibition Good Hope. South Africa and The Netherlands from 1600 in the Rijksmuseum gives an overview and a new look into this shared history of The Netherlands and South Africa. To reflect on this exhibition it is time to look at the future of these two countries. In recent years students of the so-called born-free generation in South Africa urge their universities for change and demand transformation of the curricula, equal access, staff diversity, and better job opportunities. South Africa is in transition. Again. But so are The Netherlands, dealing with issues as ‘white privilege’ and ‘zwarte piet’. The aim of this symposium is that the Dutch and South Africans learn from each other in building an open and diverse nation where talents can develop. Meet the new generation that aims for change: Kiza Magendane and Jessica de Abreu.

Is there good hope for the transformation of the countries? In what ways can cultural and educational institutions contribute to the transformation process in The Netherlands as well as in South Africa?


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5 April 2017, 18:00 – 22:00


Rijksmuseum Auditorium




  • Regular: € 15

  • Students: € 10