It may sound ominous in a time of a global outbreak but the always-popular street culture festival Basha Uhuru is happening right now at Constitution Hill.
Granted the numbers on site are limited but all the content is being streamed for your pleasure. The Basha Uhuru Creative Uprising is a culmination of film, poetry, music, art and design playing out over webinars, workshops and performances.
That is it for the 1st session of The Basha Uhuru Creative Uprising “Reigniting The Creative Community “ It takes us to rebuild our creative economy by reinvesting into our local products- The Gauteng Department of Economic Development. Stay tuned for the 2nd session in 30 min. pic.twitter.com/HgXxGFVJ16— Basha Uhuru (@BashaUhuru) November 16, 2020
The more tactile part of this year’s Basha, their eighth, involves a spread of cinema taking place at an outdoor viewing facility between the days of November 17 and 20 at 7pm. Expect films like Moffie, Knuckle City, Loving Thokoza and African Cypher.
The music will begin at 4pm today with an illustrious list of new talent on the decks like Basmnt Kitchen Mess, Maple The DJ, Ms Elisa The Selector and many more. This Saturday will bring with it the Uprising Picnic – a line-up that boasts potential exports like the soulful Marcus Harvey, the thrilling Sio and the always captivating MX Blouse.
To attend the Creative Uprising conference on November 19 and 20, creatives should get their tickets as soon as possible, as numbers are limited to 50 people a day. The Creative Uprising picnic will start at 12pm on Saturday with the event capped at 350 guests, with 175 of those slots being open to the public – first come, first served.
This year a new element to the festival called The Movement Store was added. The Constitution Hill Creative Collab, an ongoing initiative set up to aid and support designers and makers during the festival, invited creatives, makers, artisans, craftspeople and illustrators to submit entries to be part of the Constitution Hill on-site and online market. It’s a timeous idea, given how hard this sector was hit this year.
Calling all Creatives! We know you show up in numbers for Basha Uhuru every year. Whilst Covid-19 has changed the way we do things - we have made this a Hybrid event! If you want to be part of the action & attend the full event daily programs, comment, share, like & stay glued... pic.twitter.com/ITY5SoW5VH— Basha Uhuru (@BashaUhuru) November 11, 2020
Basha Uhuru has fast become a festival of significance as a result of its dedication to the underground and independently cultivated sounds of the city. An array of artists first snatched the attention of the streets while on stage at this vibrant gathering.
We’re talking about the likes of DBN Gogo, Langa Mavuso (whose latest album is among the best of the year), The Brother Moves on and Moonchild Sanelly.
Centred on the concept of artistic activism, beyond shining a light on new talent this festival seems to do what other festivals try to and fail: creating a safe space for all-out expression without buckling under the weight of this responsibility. Audience attendance is capped in accordance with Covid-19 regulations and should you prefer to remain in your cocoon then streaming options are available at creativeuprising.co.za