Cof­fee with the next 21 Icons

CityPress - - News - – Gar­reth van Niek­erk

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

Athi-Pa­tra Ruga

PHOTOS: MUNTU VI­LAKAZI

LADY IN RED Gerry Rantseli-Els­don dur­ing the Fairlady Women of the Fu­ture event in Sand­ton

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