Local artists’ work showcased

2017-04-06 06:03

In an effort to address lack of exposure for local visual and performance artists, an events company will be a holding an exhibition in the heart of Cape Town.

Iphupha Lam Improvements will be hosting The First Thursday Experience at the Onpoint Dance Studio in Loop Street on today, 6 April.

At this event, local artists and performers will get a platform to exhibit their work in the CBD, an opportunity they seldom get, according to the organisers.

“Many of the township artists never get the chance to exhibit their art as the competition is always tough or sometimes the material is not the one that is sought. This makes it very difficult for them to earn from their art.

Performers only get a chance when they go to auditions and when they get rejected it is the end of the line for the.

So we want to bring them here and give them an opportunity to showcase,” said Siyabonga Mbaba.

He is the event organiser along with Khaya Ncusani. Iphupha Lam Improvements is a social enterprise company that specialises in educational events and activities as well as business events management.

The event is held in association with Onpoint Dance studios and Homemade Gathering.

Mbaba said that the event will be more than an exhibition but a social gathering that will be enjoyed by young and old.

“We want to put together an different experience for both young and old, black and white as well as the performer and the attendee. We will play chess, have food and start conversations where artists will speak of their challenges in the arts sphere.

It will be totally different to what black people are used to as well as for the white people they will experience something not familiar in their world,” he said.

Going forward, said Mbaba, they are hoping that this event will give an opportunity for talents scouts and art gallery to spot talent. The entrance fee for the event is R10 or a donation of as little as 10c as organisers say that this is not a money making event but money will help to assist in putting it together. Contact Siyabonga on iphupha.lam@gmail.com or 0608196140

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