Mike van Graan is the President of the African Cultural Policy Network, facilitates the Atelier for Young Festival Managers, and is an award-winning playwright based in South Africa.
After South Africa’s first democratic elections, he was appointed as a Special Adviser to the minister responsible for arts and culture, playing an influential role in shaping post-apartheid cultural policies. He has served in leadership roles in anti-apartheid and post-apartheid cultural formations, as well as in Pan-African organizations like Arterial Network, promoting the creative sector and its contribution to human rights, democracy and development.
He is the 2018 recipient of the Sweden-based Hiroshima Foundation for Peace and Culture Award in recognition of his contribution to the fight against apartheid, to building a post-apartheid society and to the interface of peace and culture both in South Africa and across the African continent.
The University of Pretoria has commissioned him to write a play on the Sustainable Development Goals, and he is currently in residence at the University till the end of July.