“We strongly believe that art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.”This is according to Tshepo Tlhalogang, events manager of Awakening Creative Projects, the organisation which is responsible for the third annual Awakening Social Sessions Arts Festival.The event, which will take place from 30 November to 2 December, aims to promote young and aspiring artists by uniting artists from across South Africa – particularly the Northern Cape – to celebrate the arts with the broader community.Festival-goers can expect a surge of cultural experiences, with its first event taking place in Kimberley. The festival will then move on to the township, and end in Kuruman. The first day of the festival will be held at the William Humphreys Art Gallery in Kimberley, where a panel will discuss topics relating to depression, gender violence, women in arts and ways on how to turn creative ideas into business opportunities. Two short films will also be showcased.On Saturday, 1 December, live musical performances, poetry productions and art exhibitions will take place at the Mayibuye Arts Centre. Food and craft stalls will also be available.The last day of the event will see artists from Bloemfontein, Kuruman and the Eastern Cape in a collaboration of the arts at The Workshop KO Kasi in Kuruman. This event will also include storytelling and camping.This festival was established by Awakening Creative Projects in 2016. The event has never received any sponsorships, but continues surviving with the support of family and friends. The initiative came forth after the company committee identified the lack of support for artists and recognition for talented youth in the province.According to Tlhalogang, they have seen a surge in the arts industry since the festival’s inception. said that since the inception of Awakening Social Sessions they have seenas they try to build an industry that is self sustainable. “Many non-mainstream artists are now getting booked at shows and government departments. We have noticed the great need in supporting the arts, as it plays a big role in social cohesion and the reduction of unemployment.” Tickets for the event are available online at www.dticket.co.za, or at Pep stores. Pre-sold tickets for Saturday’s event cost R80 for adults and R100 at the gate. Children pay R20, and R40 at the gate. Sunday’s tickets cost R60 for adults and R20 for children.