Youth jazz it up at Nantes Park

2018-03-20 06:01
Students from CPUT used Nantes Park as their venue of choice last week to shoot a promotional video for the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.PHOTO: Earl Haupt

Students from CPUT used Nantes Park as their venue of choice last week to shoot a promotional video for the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.PHOTO: Earl Haupt

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While the Cape Town Jazz Festival proper takes place later this week, there have been other developments in and around the city for those who won’t be at the Cape Town International Convention Centre this weekend.

Athlone resident Naathirah Hendricks, and her fellow students, took to Nantes Park in Bridgetown to showcase the area in a video to shed light on the various workshops which are taking place this week in the lead up to the festival.

“We as second year CPUT students are promoting these workshops, namely the fashion workshop, the music technology, music business and master classes. We are doing a collaboration video with each of these workshops to focus on exactly what we are promoting and it is our last promotional video as well,” says Hendricks.

She adds that they decided to use their own facilities, because they are free to the public, but also to show others that it doesn’t have to cost anything to have access to facilities­.

“We also want to come out and show people a different side, to say that people can come out and use these facilities out here. It is safe and it is fine to work here. We don’t have to go out in other places and we can shoot in here in our home town. That is why we chose Nantes Park,” explains Hendricks.

There are other myths Hendricks and her teammates want to dispel as well.

“There is a message behind this. People assume that the CIJF is for a certain group of people. It is not. We, as students, weren’t interested in jazz, but now we standing here promoting jazz. We are using the jazz as a platform and we encourage others to get involved. These workshops are for free. You can come and see these people. That is the message behind what we are doing here today,” she adds.

Shaquillah Nolan from Surrey Estate says that the platform the festival provides has opened a few doors for her, even though initially she felt that the festival itself was not relevant to her. She adds that the workshops acted as a stepping stone for her, which is something available to the community at large.

“These workshops are there for the community. All you have to do is engage with the festival on social media. Like a lot of people in our communities are not so privileged to have all of that. That is why we come into our communities,” says Nolan.

Originally from Swaziland, but now residing in Rondebosch East Nozipho Pride is happy that the festival has a community social investment aspect to it.

“It is not only for the people who can afford to go to the festival itself, but also for the people who can’t. With regards to the videos that we have been taking, I believe that Athlone will be put on the map, because we will be showing that this video was taken from Athlone and linking it to the festival. Essentially we are trying to do is align Athlone with the festival,” she says.

Meanwhile Hendricks believes that they are not the only ones who can benefit from the programme.

“Everybody does not know what they can achieve unless they just look a little further. Look a little further and see that there are areas and places that you can do what you love doing with music specifically. If this can be an example for others in the area, where can they be if they get to use the same advantages available to them on their doorstep.”

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