Mfuleni youth launch inaugural Impolo Festival in Baba Park

2015-11-19 06:00
 Organisors of the Impolo Festival Anele Sihlahla, Mandisi Ntshisela and Yonela Mgini.

Organisors of the Impolo Festival Anele Sihlahla, Mandisi Ntshisela and Yonela Mgini.

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After noticing that there was a lack of community events and activities in the area a group of youngsters from Mfuleni have launched a festival of song, dance and art.

First Kind Eevents Management are the organisers of the Impolo Festival in the area, which will take place next Saturday 28 November.

Anele Sihlahla, Mandisi Mtshisela , Yonela Mgini are the founders of the events company and they aim to change the perspective of their neighbourhood.

“Our biggest problem is that there aren’t any community events that are centred on entertainment. With this festival we aim to gather all the local artists, musicians, designers and entertainers for one day,” said Sihlahla.

Sihlala said that the event will be a fun filled day for the family and will also help boost local economy.

“Not only will families have the chance to enjoy local entertainment but there will also be a market for local clothing producers and other crafts.

We have talented people in our communities and they hardly have the platform to engage their customers or showcase their work.

At this event they will be able to exhibit their works and also create an environment for them to work together,” he said.

He said that they were planning to hold the event annually with the use of the new Baba Park.

“We were very fortunate as a community that the local government handed over the park to us last year and told us that we can use it for our gatherings. It’s beautiful and able to accommodate the number of people that we are looking at,” he said.

He said that they hoped that the event would inspire others to also get their act together.

“We have a big problem of drug abuse in this area. As a result street robberies are rampant and I believe the fact that the youth in this area have nothing to do is a contributing factor(to criminaly and drug use).

Many of them do not finish high school and even if they do, they are either not inspired to study further or they just don’t have the funds

So, we want them to see that there are things happening around them and other youngsters are doing big things,” said Sihlahla.

The event will feature performances by Guns, Bean and Pasco and local brands such as Water Tower and Umshesho will exhibit their designs. The entrance fee is R100 ,but tickets are available from Sihlali at R60. Contact: 0794741664.

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