World Cup fever is rapidly spreading and the hosting of some of the games in Cape Town, has inspired Artscape to establish a Cultural Village in Langa, Cape Town’s oldest township, for the duration of the World Cup, to showcase and promote local talent and to highlight traditional artwork forms.
The main activities of the Cultural Village will be hosted from 10 to 13 June and from 8 to 11 July, in a variety of venues which include the Guga S’thebe Centre, Johnson Ngwevela Civic Centre, Langa Heritage Museum and the Marakana Park.
The main activities for the weekend of 10 to 13 June include African Chorimba and Philharmonic Orchestra, opera, Living Heritage Jazz, children’s activities which will include a Robben Island Outreach, workshops, magicians and clowns. The activities for the period 8 to 11 July include indigenous orchestra and Mbira ensemble, Living Heritage Jazz, Reggae Splash, and children’s activities.
Aside from these performances, visitors can look forward to watching matches on big screen for the duration of the soccer World Cup in the lively atmosphere of a traditional beer garden, with food vendors serving local specialities and Umqombothi (traditional beer). Both weekends will feature buskers, guided tours, praise poetry, a marimba festival, art exhibitions and traditional dance. Beadwork and other traditional crafts will also be on sale in the craft market.
The manager of the Artscape Indigenous Arts Department, Mr Mzwakhe Mdidimba says, “Artscape’s vision is to take arts to the people and people to the arts (theatre). With the Cultural Village we also want use the arts as a tool for economic growth and job creation, developing small businesses through skills building, focusing on core disciplines such as dance, music, theatre, literature, visual arts, hospitality and heritage and generating opportunities through destination marketing. The beneficiaries from the village will be men, women, youth, and the physically challenged with an element of developing arts and culture at a local level, which has the potential to grow and contribute to the township livelihood.”
Artscape is proud to have the following partners on board for the Cultural Village: the South African Heritage Resources Agency, Robben Island Museum, Langa Heritage Foundation, Langa Development Forum, Ladida Entertainment and Unitext Advertising Mediums.
For more information on the Cultural Village contact Alfred Magwaca (), Fitzroy Ngcukane () or Mammie Quazi ().