Friday, December 05, 2008

5 December - Arts, Culture and Environment

In today's show, we were joined by Sam Pearce – Project Manager of the eMzantsi Carnival. The 4th annual eMzantsi Carnival will take place tomorrow the 6th of December. This year’s theme is “eMzantsi – putting the Unity back into Community” is a positive challenge to xenophobia and cultural stereotyping in all forms. Around 1500 people from all over the valley join in the colourful parade and stageshow, including minstrels and marimba bands, gumboot dancers and gospel singers, break dancers and belly dancers. This year, the Carnival will also feature cultural highlights of our pan-African neighbours, with contributions from Zimbabweans, Somalians, Malawians and others living locally. Spectators are advised to park at the Sun Valley Mall and walk down Ou Kaapse Weg to the fourway junction to watch the parade approach from each side of the Kommetjie Road from 10am. The free stageshow, compered by comedian Mark Sampson, runs from 12pm on the Sun Valley green opposite Pick'n'Pay. There will also be a mini-football tournament, bouncy castles, the Rainbow Reconciliation Labyrinth and quality gifts at the Valley Craft Market. The Kommetjie Road will be partially closed between Masiphumelele and the fourway junction from 10am on Saturday 6th December, and traffic delayed along Ou Kaapse Weg until 11.30am. And in Sam’s words “Bring the whole family and enjoy a multicultural jol, eMzantsi style!” For more contact Sam on (021) 789 1665.

We also heard from Nico Dekker - CEO of the Cape Town Film Studios. The Cape Town Film Studios is the largest investment allocation to the country’s film industry and will boost much-needed investment in an under-capitalised industry and further drive the Western Cape’s turnover. Mr Dekker explained more about the new developments regarding this project. For more information visit www.capetownfilmstudios.co.za or contact (021) 462 1838.

Nigel Vermaas – our arts fundi was also here to tell us what’s hot and what’s not in the Art sector.

We closed off the show with an interview with Thoko Ntshinga – from Nants’ingqayi Arts Development Foundation. Nants’ingqayi provides the community with platforms for the development of various forms of artistic expression, upskilling in a number of performing art and related disciplines helping to create a vision for the community while promoting moral regeneration. Tomorrow they will be hosting a jazz for life event at the Johnson Ngwevela Hall in KwaLanga. These bands consist of young people from KwaLanga who have been involved in Nants' ingqayi arts development programmes and are now able to stand on their own. There will be food and beverage stalls at the event, adequate security and parking facilities. This provides a great opportunity to get a holistic view of the oldest township in South Africa, engage and socialise with the people of Kwa Langa and gain valuable insights on the arts, culture and music of this community. Doors open at 18h00PM, there will be live Jazz bands performing as well as a deejay. Admission costs R70 and R80 at the door. For any further information contact uSis’ Thoko 076 224 8997 or Bulela Kubukeli on 076 305 2322 alternatively Jama Katangana on 082 755 3475.

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