Festival bridges cultures

2016-04-19 06:00
 The Masi Art Festival aims to bridge the divide between communities in the Far South.

The Masi Art Festival aims to bridge the divide between communities in the Far South.

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Celebrating culture through arts is the aim behind the Masi Art Festival.

The festival aims to exchange knowledge and promote reconciliation, while forging a sense of belonging and appreciating culture of various communities, says event director Yvonne Rüegg.

“We also want to attract tourists and new investors with an attractive program of different performances, a market, live music, exhibitions and food stalls. We want to promote community art and give people the opportunity to sell their products at the market,” she says.

The festival, which takes place twice a month and is family orientated, boasts fresh food, coffee, craft and art stalls.

There are vintage clothes and fashionable accessories on sale from local designers, as well as live music performances. Dance performances also take place and there is often an artist painting live on canvas or a wall.

The aim is also to bring together the communities of the deep south and Masiphumelele, says Rüegg.

“We believe this festival can change the community and can be a bridge between the surrounding villages. The aim is to bring permanent job opportunities, support the youth in their talents and attract tourists and future investors,” she says.

The last two festivals brought around 100 attendees.

“We are welcoming all cultures and art forms to enjoy a beautiful and joyful day with us,” she says.

The festivals will take place on Sunday 1 May and Sunday 15 May at the Masiphumulele Arts and Craft Centre.

V For more information or took perfom at the festival, email airvillekulla@yrueegg.com.

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