15 years of skateboard initiatives

2016-04-19 06:00
 Indigo Mazwi Msomi shot at Indigo Skate Camp. Images such as this will be on display at a photographic exhibit and mixed mediums art by the Indigo Youth Movement.

Indigo Mazwi Msomi shot at Indigo Skate Camp. Images such as this will be on display at a photographic exhibit and mixed mediums art by the Indigo Youth Movement.

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Indigo Skate Camp, one of the leading social change movements in South Africa, will be hosting the ‘Indigo Skate Gala’, a photographic exhibit and mixed mediums art show displaying 15 years of the Indigo Youth Movement.

The unique event will be hosted on Friday 22 April at Cape Town High School.

The auction will feature a variety of contemporary and abstract art pieces and will include framed prints by photographer Craig Scott and sculptures from artist Paul Edmunds as well as a host of bespoke skateboarding memorabilia.

All artwork will be set up around the periphery of a perfectly skateable 15ft Olympic pool and will see some of SA’s biggest names in skateboarding – including Jan Horrowitz, Moses Adams, Joubert van Staden, Chris Cab as well as the junior team of Zulu skaters from Indigo Skate Camp – in a unique skating contest.

All the proceeds from prints and auctioned items will go towards the NGO’s mandate of making skateboarding and facilities accessible to at-risk youths in South Africa.

Tickets are R50 and can be purchased at the door. Donation of skateboard equipment will also be accepted as entry.

The Laureus-funded Indigo Skate Camp is the brainchild of Dallas Oberholzer, whose exposure to international skateboarding competitions inspired him to create opportunities for disadvantaged young people and to learn all about skateboarding.

The main objective of the project is to introduce the sport to young rural villagers and to invite international guests to the village to learn more about Zulu culture.

Established in the heart of Isithumba, a rural Zulu village on the outskirts of Durban, the project has introduced young people to skateboarding and also created an opportunity for them to be introduced to tourism, life skills and entrepreneurialism.

Indigo also hosts after school skateboarding instruction sessions in Cape Town in Nyanga, Kleinvlei, Scottsdene and Valhalla who have recently signed an MOU with the City of Cape Town. V The event is from 17:00 to 22:00 at Cape Town High School. Visit www.indigoskatecamp.co.za.

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