New hue brightens flats

2018-11-27 06:01

Plans are afoot to brighten up two of Kewtown’s oldest two-storey flats.
Rashid Adams, ward 49 councillor, received an invitation from the City of Cape Town’s Department of Arts and Culture which set off a series of ideas which he aims to implement in the next few years.

“I received an invitation from the Department of Arts and Culture whether I would like to participate in one of their programmes, which is the depiction of murals on City-owned property. We want that to coincide with another event, which is the Athlone Festival at Nantes Park in December,” he says.

Adams, however, first has to commission local artists to paint murals on the four walls from Kannabast Close and Strandroos Close facing Klipfontein Road.

“What we are doing is, Art and Culture is going to start developing programmes for the Athlone community. The murals will be that of our local artists, because we have a lot of young people in the area who are interested and talented. They will be joining up with a service provider who has professional artists. The service provider will take them under their wing and they will enter into a workshop which starts on Monday 3 December,” he explains.

The workshop will also be open to the residents of the respective rental units in an effort to stoke public participation.

“They need to say what they would like to see on the walls. It is very much getting into the public participation section, so people are part of it. After the participation they will look at a concept design and once that is finalised, hopefully by 18 or 19 December, these guys will be up and running and will be ready to start painting so that by Christmas time the walls will be done,” says
Adams.

The City has set aside a maximum of two weeks to complete the murals.

Adams points out that the project then lends another opportunity to residents.

“Fortunately for me, ward 49 has once again been identified as the recipient. We are doing the cultural mapping and planning of the area.

“What it entails is that we need to start identifying and start harnessing on the culture which exists in our communities, because Athlone has a lot of history attached to it. A lot of strong political figures were born and bred here. What about the great sportspeople? People of all walks of life came from this area, but do we know their stories well enough? Do we know the stories well enough to share with our young children?” explains Adams.

He says that he hopes the wider project cultivates a sense of belonging seemingly lacking in the youth of the area today.

“We are going to undergo a process over the next year or two where we are going to be adopting the stories of our people. Those stories will have to be shared and we will work out how we are going to share those stories. My recommendation was why don’t we open up a museum, but then they said not a museum, but let us call it a memory centre, which still has to be identified. We are trying to create a route which will attract tourists from other parts of the world to visit the Athlone area, but walk away with something learnt. When we go to other countries, we visit their cathedrals, their museums, art galleries, because stories are being told there. We can do the same in Athlone.”

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