Town night-life takes an art form

2015-10-15 06:00

Although Long Street in Cape Town is considered the melting pot of cultures in the city, it is a fact that not many locals take kindly to its nightlife.

This is due to many reasons...

But now that will become a thing of the past if the dreams of young Black creatives are anything to go by.

Led by the entrepreneurial Avelile Nontanda, a third year Interior Design student at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and the founder of Mayhem Design and Entertainment.

His raison deitre is to claim back the space of locals by staging “Black Fridays”- where indigenous black creatives will gather and network, igniting a bigger project for the future.

“We seek to empower the emerging young, Black and sophisticated creative entrepreneurs within their own respective fields, from all walks of life,” he said.

Proof that any pudding is always in the eating, last week at The Imperial, “Black Fridays” launched in a highly promising manner.

“One of our first gatherings showed that there is a space for us. This will be utilised as a platform to share, cultivate and support one another’s business ideas with the prospect for growth in the various departments,” enthused Avelile.

Asked about why he developed the concept, the self-taught graphic designer pondered a little while before explaining himself.

“I am a student who works in a white-dominated industry, and where Black designers are not given enough opportunities to flourish or to be great. I also noticed how divided Black people are , so I just figured that it’s about time someone does something about it,” he said.

He said his interest was raised after a fellow designer simply asked: “What is African design ?”

“Some said it’s the traditional patterns that we see in provinces like Limpopo and the African patterns, but, to me, that is vernacular African design and the need to introduce the reality of a contemporary South African is of high importance,” he said.

The event was also inspired by the principles of Black Consciousness by means of celebrating the spirit of ubuntu. “To show the uniqueness of Blackness, we must hold hands and move forward together and I hope Black Fridays will find a home in our hearts and become a catalyst for future prospects.”

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