Youth festival brightens city
The performance was showing the importance of arts and also addressing issues that arts need to be recognised
THE youth festival which has been running in Nelson Mandela Bay this week has brightened the city through arts. The festival kicked off on Sunday with a market at the Tramways Building.
On Monday at the Donkin Park people passing by got to see a moving piece by Wezile Mgibe and two poets Mbongeni and Luyanda who together as a pair call themselves Eve’s Apple.
The performance was showing the importance of arts but at the same time addressing issues that arts need to be recognised and artists should not be exploited.
Later that day there were film screenings taking place at the Athenaeum which is one of the popular arts spaces in the Bay where there were local artists painting murals in the building.
Then on Tuesday there was busking in the main street of Govan Mbeki where passersby were moved by performances from poetry, to dance, music and drama. Asiphezi Jita, who is an arts student at Afda was one of the performers in drama doing a piece called Taken For Granted But We Are The Future which got people glued and stopped to watch the 10 minute piece.
In some of her lines she said: “If I were to get the land I wouldn’t want to be a farmer but I would build arts studios, arts universities and teach youth that not only maths and science can make one successful in life but with arts one can do more and tell stories.”
Talented singers Lungiswa Magqamfana and Songo Songo with their powerful voices sang struggle songs which got passersby singing along.
Olwethu Mxoli and Sleeze SA were doing poetry carrying the same message that youth in arts can take the nation far and their voices need to be heard. On the other hand Ikusasa Dancers were dressed in army gear, chanting struggle songs and spreading the message that arts need to be recognised and the youth of 1976 are important as the youth of 2018.
As part of putting culture and art in the centre of a holistic spatial development, the Mandela Bay Development Agency and partners are running this programme, a brave initiative to activate public spaces through this weeklong Youth Festival.
JOYFUL MOMENT: The play Taken For Granted But We are The Future is part of the youth festival.