Coffee with the next 21 Icons
South Africa’s celebrity creative people descended on Urban Grind Roasters – a coffee house on Parkhurst’s stylish 6th Street – to sip cinnamon-infused creations and celebrate the launch of the next generation of legends featured in the third season of 21 Icons, the acclaimed photographic and short-film series.
This season’s theme, The Future of a Nation, features up-and-coming South African creative personalities such as performance artist Athi-Patra Ruga, rape survivor and gender activist Jes Foord, community activist and co-founder of the Kliptown Youth Program Thulani Madondo, Paralympic wheelchair tennis player Lucas Sithole, textile and knitwear designer Laduma Ngxokolo, and former Miss Earth, international climate activist, environmentalist and food security advocate Catherine Constantinides.
The purpose is to provide a platform for their stories, and to showcase their passion and bravery through beautifully shot portraits and short films (which debut on Sunday, September 6, and are broadcast for a further 20 weeks. A short film is also screened every Sunday at 7.27pm on SABC3).
The series was previously shot by Australian photographer Adrian Steirn, but this year he handed the reins to young South African and Steirn’s former assistant, Gary van Wyk.
One of the celebrities in the crowd was Instagram photographer Trevor Stuurman, looking dapper as ever.
The event could have opted for big screens – for a launch all about films and photographs, the displays were not big enough to do the visuals justice.
Thulani Madondo and Helen Sebidi
Adrian Steirn (left) and Gary van Wyk
LADY IN RED Gerry Rantseli-Elsdon during the Fairlady Women of the Future event in Sandton