The Sunday Independent

Come on, peo­ple, let’s be happy

- LESEGO MAKGATHO Arts · Ghana · Democratic Republic of Congo · South Africa · Africa · Zimbabwe · Paris · Cote d'Ivoire · Burkina Faso · Cape Town · London · Johannesburg · Tsogo Sun · Republic of Congo

EN­TER­TAIN­MENT and de­vel­op­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion Happy Peo­ple En­ter­tain­ment has part­nered with a team of artists from around the world for a fund-raising cause.

Artworks will be show­cased from November 30-De­cem­ber 13. The pro­ceeds will be shared equally on a 50-50 ba­sis, be­tween the Artists and the non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Por­tia Mo­tale from Happy Peo­ple says: “The theme of the artworks is in-line with the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s man­date, which is to of­fer pos­i­tive (smiles, peace, love, hap­pi­ness) fun-filled, up­lift­ing and in­spi­ra­tional events of pre­mium qual­ity that serve as an es­cape haven from our daily pres­sures.

“This is done through mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary art forms, clean fun, EQ (emo­tional in­tel­li­gence) work­shops and well­ness pro­grammes. So brace your­selves and pre­pare to get a good dose of feel-good chem­i­cal re­lease: dopamine, oxy­tocin, sero­tonin and en­dor­phins to be de­picted on var­i­ous arts and crafts – from paint­ings, crafts, ceram­ics, sculp­tures, to beadwork which you may take back to your home, liv­ing room, kitchen, of­fice, board­room, or sim­ply gift a friend or fam­ily mem­ber as we ap­proach De­cem­ber, the sea­son of giv­ing”.

The artists who will be show­cas­ing in­clude jew­ellery de­signer and Tsogo Sun 2017 En­tre­pre­neur of the Year award win­ner, Nqo­bile Nkosi; Patti Blueh, a South African vis­ual artist based in Ghana; Michael Unga Ekandji, a fine artist from the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo cur­rently re­sid­ing in South Africa as a refugee. In­no­cent Man­jen­genja, a stone sculp­tor who finds the in­spi­ra­tion for his work from the an­cient Shona cul­tural sculp­ture from Zim­babwe. Paris-based Casimir Bal­i­bié Ba­tiono (CasziB) a con­tem­po­rary painter born in Ad­jamé (Ivory Coast), orig­i­nated from the Lélé tribe from the North-West of Burk­ina Faso.

“We also have bead de­signer Busi Ma­hali from Gugulethu, Cape Town. Lat­i­fat Oban­igba, a Bri­tish Nige­rian con­tem­po­rary artist based in Lon­don to name but a few,” added Mo­tale.

Happy Peo­ple is em­bark­ing on an out­reach pro­gramme, Happy Peo­ple Tak­ing Smiles to Schools, aimed at im­prov­ing the well-be­ing of the school en­vi­ron­ment by as­sist­ing to make schools hap­pier, peace­ful and con­ducive for learn­ers and ed­u­ca­tors and is sched­uled to kick-start on March 4.

Happy Peo­ple is an en­ter­tain­ment and de­vel­op­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion which of­fers clean and in­spi­ra­tional en­ter­tain­ment through mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary art forms, sport and EQ train­ing. This Johannesbu­rg based, black fe­male lead en­tity has over the past few years de­vel­oped suc­cess­ful youth ac­tiv­i­ties to rem­edy so­cial ills such as sub­stance abuse, peer pressure and teenage preg­nancy; while also dis­cov­er­ing, nur­tur­ing and launch­ing raw ta­lent.

It at­tracts an au­di­ence of all age groups across all races.

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