Youth fes­ti­val bright­ens city

The per­for­mance was show­ing the im­por­tance of arts and also ad­dress­ing is­sues that arts need to be recog­nised

Afro Voice (Western Cape) - - Kwazulu-natal News - LONDEKA DLAMINI prov­inces@afro­tone.co.za

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.

PIC­TURE: LONDEKA DLAMINI

JOY­FUL MO­MENT: The play Taken For Granted But We are The Fu­ture is part of the youth fes­ti­val.

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