New art centre on the cards

2020-02-20 06:00
Muzukids entertained the crowd during the sod-turning event for the Miagi Cultural Investment Centre. PHOTOS: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Muzukids entertained the crowd during the sod-turning event for the Miagi Cultural Investment Centre. PHOTOS: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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A multi-million rand state-of-the-art cultural centre will be built in Khayelitsha to teach and nurture art skills for young and aspiring artists.

Dubbed the Miagi Cultural Investment Centre, the facility will house music, dance, a theatre, and a recording studio. It is to be built on a vacant piece of land next to Harare police station, on the corner of Msobomvu Drive and Steve Biko Road.

Addressing the media at the sod-turning ceremony on Tuesday 18 February, head of the project Robert Brooks said they conducted a feasibility study to determine the best possible way to create a facility that would benefit the community.

The construction is expected to begin in the next eight to 10 months and would take about five years to complete.

He said at the moment they do not have the exact amount of what it will cost them to build the centre as there are certain technicalities and they are still calculating how much money will be used.

“It is a big project and it must have sustainability once it is complete so we can’t say for sure how much it is going to cost,” he said.

Brooks added that they plan to also involve government to ensure the centre’s sustainability.

Mayco member for urban management Grant Twigg said he is excited that Khayelitsha will have such a facility. He said there is a lot of bad publicity about the area and that is going to change.

He said he is thankful to the people of Khayelitsha for making sure that not every piece of land is for houses.

He said having a centre like that will change those with knives and guns in their hands to have a musical instrument instead.

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