Kwende Kefentse speaks to the concept of genius loci - the phenomenology of place.

About the speaker

Born and raised in the Greater Toronto Area, Kwende is currently living and working in Ottawa, Canada’s capital. Fascinated by cities, his various professional ventures reflect different explorations and investigations into how they function, with a particular focus on culture, space, and music.

As an established practitioner and public intellectual in this nexus of subjects, Kwende is frequently invited to keynote conferences and participate on panels, both locally and internationally, in the worlds of urban planning, creativity + culture and more recently, the music industry. His projects and ideas have been featured in international outlets like CityLab (The Atlantic), Spacing Magazine, and Monocle Radio to name a few.

Kwende currently works in the Cultural Services unit at the City of Ottawa, on a small but mighty award-winning Cultural Development and Initiatives (CDI) team. There he helps to steward the City of Ottawa’s council approved Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture (2013 - 2018) and other strategic initiatives for the sector. He is currently leading a music industry development initiative in partnership with local music business leaders. Recent successes include the Connecting Ottawa Music profile of the local industry, the launch of the MEGAPHONO conference and showcasing festival, and the birth of the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition. Kwende is also DJ Memetic of TIMEKODE and Memeplex Records.

Photo was taken by Ottawa photographer, Rémi Thériault.

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