Youth benefit from celebration

2018-06-13 06:00
Part of the art exhibition during Africa Day celebrations in Galeshewe. Photo: Boipelo Mere

Part of the art exhibition during Africa Day celebrations in Galeshewe. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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Africa Day, which took place on 25 May, was celebrated at the Galeshewe based Ivuma Arts Centre.

The theme was “Celebrating Sobukwe through interactive community arts engagement”.

The two day celebration, on 25 and 26 May, was in the form of a showcase of art exhibitions and performances.

The 40th anniversary of Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, and that of Nelson Mandela’s 100 years, were celebrated on these days as part and parcel of community social activism.

The roles of Sobukwe and Mandela in the history of South Africa should not only be recognised along political lines, but also through their activism in societal matters.

The Ivuma Arts Centre also placed its primary focus on celebrating art through rehabilitative and reintegra­ting programmes by showca­sing the artistic talents of inmates and parolees.

In taking the first step towards rehabilitation mea­sures, the work of parolee Emmanuel Bias was showcased.

Emphasis was also placed on recognising the lack of positive social activities in the community, which play a key role in contributing to the fact that some individuals get involve in criminal activities, leading to imprisonment.

The Ivuma Art Centre identified the use of art as the purest expression.

Ronnie Seshuane, project manager, said such interactive community art engagements within the society have the potential to make rehabi­litation and reintegration a smooth process.

“It is a process in which the broader community becomes active participants of the change they wish to see in the reduction of poverty based criminal activities,” said Seshuane.

Wanya Tsotsi member, Gopolang Plaatjie, who is also an influencial community member, engaged with the participants on current societal issues.

“As a community based art centre our desire is to see a community collective driven programme which has the potential of bearing endless results for future generations,” Seshuane said.

The centre will run continuous programmes in collaboration with various government departments and organisations.


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