Stage set for arts festival

SOUL GOOD: Mdantsane artist Somila Cungwam, also known as ‘S.O-Squared The Soul Hand’, will showcase his talent at the Buya Live Arts and Culture Festival Picture:SUPPLIED

East London artists will get the chance to show off their talents at the Buya Live Arts and Culture Festival taking place from November 29 to December 2 at Masingata Village, outside King William’s Town.

Event planner Moses Gxothiwe said Buya Live was a workshop for artists as well as a festival with the aim of which aims to assisting local artists who were in need of developmental support.

“Buya Live aims to take the town of King William’s Town and surrounding villages to greater heights as the top cultural tourism destination, through exhibitions, street art and a music festival,” and give broader exposure to rural and local talent,” said Gxothiwe.

A selection of activities for adults as well as an arts and craft zone where guests can network while listening to buskers’ music and good food will be on offer.
“The target market will be entrepreneurs, youth and the emerging market.
“This can be done by inviting the private sector, government departments and entities as well as bank sectors to participate.”

Gxothiwe said the event was different from other well-known music events like the Buyelekhaya and Ebubeleni music festivals as it was not only about performances.
It was also about workshops where young artists will be given the necessary tools to success. artists will be conducted.

“The event is to empower rural and township residents to work for themselves without being dependent on handouts and government grants, to revitalise rural areas and township tourism.
“We also want to provide an overview on the destitution of youth problems, women, black businesses, cooperatives and people with disabilities in these areas and will seek to find solutions to alleviate the situation,” he said.

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