Freedom Day dialogues continue

2018-05-03 06:01
Usapho Art Family from Makhaza entertaining the audience during the event.PHOTO: unathi obose

Usapho Art Family from Makhaza entertaining the audience during the event.PHOTO: unathi obose

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Young artists from Khayelitsha and surrounds performed drama pieces in celebration of Freedom Day at Makukhanye Art-Room Theatre in Site B.

The event was organised in collaboration with Africa Unite.

Some of the activities included indigenous games, debates and mic sessions.

Founder Mandisi Sindo described the event as a platform for young people to show case their talent and find expression.

“As black artists, I think we are free because we can write and tell our stories by ourselves. We can write about everything without being restricted,” he said.

“Now we have the right to use our vernacular languages.”

He said there was inequality in terms of development and the skewed allocation of resources.

“It is a disgrace for an area like Khayelitsha that until now, we do not have an art gallery, an art centre and all the things that they have in the cities. All those things (gallery and art centre) needed to be decentralised to the township,” he said.

Fadima Maiga from Africa Unite described Freedom Day as a landmark in South African history as it commemorates the first democratic elections of the nation.

“Nowadays, almost half of the country’s population is under the age of 24 years which means that 45% of the population has not experienced the regime of apartheid.

Those young people haven’t known apartheid, however many things inherited from this era are still visible in the current South African society.

In that perspective, creating a space for discussion that would allow both the younger and older generation to speak and reflect about the current context of South Africa, should be part of the celebration of Freedom Day,” said Maiga.

She said the economic freedom and actual independence remains a subject of debate for many people in the country.

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