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A phrase that kept repeating itself at the media walkabout of the Soweto Theatre was that this was a place for, and about, the people of Soweto.
They’ve stuck to this promise by inviting a group of young artists, all linked by their studies and ongoing participation at Soweto’s Funda, to show off their work in this magnificent setting in celebration of the new theatre.
This is one of the many acts at this exciting new venture, but it makes a strong statement, as it engages the whole arts community in what has to be a historic occasion.
The work currently shown was first launched at the Africa Museum a few months back, titled Liberation of Mind, Body and Soul. The aim of this creative conglomerate is not only to celebrate their creativity and learn from one another, but also to act as mentors for younger artists trying to enter what is a very tough and sometimes closed environment.
That’s what they love about this current exposure. It’s from the heart and tells the story of artists from this area. It also underlines the mission of the theatre which is a result of the clamours of a community whose artistry has been celebrated around the world but not showcased often enough on home ground.
For the theatre this is about the youth especially and a determination to include them in all programming. This is a giant step.
• The art currently on display is by the Ubuhle Bobuntu Arts which includes Mzie Gojo, Mzikayise Nyathi, Lehlohonolo Mkhasibe, Thulani Zondo, Thulisile Shongwe, Tomas Moremi, Velaphi Masondo, Virginia Ramouha, Bongani Khumalo and Joseph Monnatlala.
They are also looking at mobile exhibitions in the future. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. – Diane de Beer