Arts fest platform for young people

SHOWCASE: Masivuyisane founder and dance choreographer Simphiwe Mba during practise sessions at the Masivuyisane Cultural Ensemble in Mdantsane

Masivuyisane Cultural Ensemble will host their fourth annual Vela Sikubone Arts Festival on September 21 at the NU15 Mdantsane Community Hall.

“Masivuyisane Cultural Ensemble has designed programmes to accommodate everyone, specifically unemployed youth and schoolchildren, giving them opportunities not only to exhibit their talents, but to get recognition,” founder Simphiwe Mba said.

He said According to him, the organisation aims to promote, develop and educate community members about their culture and heritage.

“The project was founded to promote and encourage a broader participation in the performing arts industry through networking, partnership, audience development, recruiting, talent unearthing, competence and event co-ordination in order to stimulate the sector’s potential to contribute to job creation and economic growth.

“While development can be associated with different interpretations and meaning, it can also be summarised into simpler terms of uplifting the standard of living of that particular community or people,” said Mba.

He said the first festival, which was held in 2015, had 22 groups participating and he is hoping to see the number increase.

“The main inspiration behind the programme was to change the mindset of the youth who are easily influenced by substance abuse and criminal activities.

“There are 15 members in the organisation, ranging from the age of 12 to 30. We specialise in dance, music, poetry and drama,” said Mba.

Masivuyisane was established in 2009 and has travelled all around the world to showcase their talent.

“We have been to Nigeria, China, India, Germany, Greece, France and all over SA. outh Africa.

“We are funded by the Eastern Cape Provincial Arts Council, National Arts Council, Arts&Culture Craft and Mzansi Gold.”

The entry fee for the festival will be R25 for adults and R15 for children. The gates will open at 10am.

“We are asking the youth of Mdantsane to come in their numbers as , there will also be prizes.” to give away”, Tom indicates.


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