The 2017 Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival in partnership with Nando’s
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Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:27

Basha Uhuru Freedom Fest, in partnership with Nando’s and the Department of Arts & Culture, commemorates 41 years of the 1976 Soweto uprisings and the 21st anniversary of the Constitution.

On 16 June 1976, what started out as peaceful protest in the streets of Soweto by students standing up against an oppressive regime, ended with bloodshed and incarceration of young people at Number Four - what used to be Johannesburg’s nefarious prisons and which is presently known as the Constitution Hill, a national heritage site.

Just 41 years later the Constitution Hill in partnership with Nando’s and the Department of Arts & Culture commemorates the spirit of the students of 1976 with the annual Basha Uhuru Freedom Fest.

The festival is a celebration and expression of artistic wealth among the youth of South Africa. As we approach the 21st anniversary of the signing of the constitution, it is important that we reflect on this key milestone in the history of South Africa, how far we have come as a nation and most importantly where we are.

Now in its 5th year, the Basha Uhuru Freedom Fest is focused on empowering youth in creative industries by affording them platforms for freedom of artistic expression. The event will feature a 5-day programme which entails a contemporary group art exhibition titled, Expressions of Freedom as well as other events including the Conversations of Freedom creative talks, Visions of Freedom film screenings sponsored by the Gauteng Film Commission and the Rides of Freedom youth cycling tour which will link up various youth cultural hubs in the city.

All these activities lead up to main attraction of the festival which is the Sounds of Freedom music concert featuring a diverse line-up of both emerging and established musical talent from across the country.
The Locrate Family Picnic will be a fusion of food, fashion and craft – providing trading opportunities for small businesses and micro-sized enterprises.
This event will take place on 24 June 2017 and will be staged in two different venues within the Constitution Hill museum precinct.
The main stage will feature a musical blend of contemporary South African musicians including live performances and DJs that will entertain the youth as they salute the youth of 1976 and celebrate the 21 years of the constitution.
The second stage will be hosted by AFROPUNK who will also be hosting the African edition of this influential international festival at the Constitution Hill on 30 and 31 December 2017.
It’s a free concert but tickets must be attained to gain entrance and can be found on the webticket website.

Conversations of Freedom: Creative Talks by 10 and 5

This opening event brings together a collection of creative minds for the Basha talks’ programme. The event will have 12 inspirational speakers speaking to 20 slides which are shown for 20 seconds each. This format, keeps the presentations concise and fast-paced.
The talks brings together a line-up of creative tastemakers and culture-defining people. From artists to designers, stylists to photographers; the evening of talks aims to share stories from the journeys of creative practitioners, hoping to inspire a younger generation to better their craft and up their creative game.

The event is open to a maximum of 100 young creatives therefore booking is essential.

Date: Wednesday 21 June 2017
Time: 18h00 - 21h00
Speakers: artist Anthea Moys, Tumelo Kgwathe aka DJ Sistamtic, artist Lazi Mathebula, architect Lorenzo Nassimbei, stylist Lufuno Sathekge, comedian Loyiso Madinga, photographer Kgomotso Tleane, director Zandi Tisani
Venue: Constitution Hill, Women’s Gaol

Expressions of Freedom: Art Exhibition

The Expressions of Freedom will see a number of visual and performance art pieces showcased. It will also include a site specific performance piece called, Run Your Art Out by Anthea Moys.

Date: Thursday 22 June 2017
Time: 18h00 - 21h00
Artists: Nompumelelo Tshabalala, Zanele Mashinini, Bambo Sibiya, Victor Dlamini; Lazi ‘Greiispaces’ Mathebula, Leeroy Jason and Anthea Moys
Venue: Constitution Hill, Women’s Gaol

Visions of Freedom: Film Screenings

Four new South African films will be shown at the festival. Discussions with actors and directors will take place following the screenings.

Date: 23 June 2017
Time: 18h00 - 22h00
Movies: Kalushi, The Hangman, Beyond the River and Uprize
Venues: Constitution Hill, Women’s Gaol

Rides of Freedom: Heritage Cycling Tour

This ride has been tailored for the Basha Uhuru Freedom Fest by Hussain van Roos of Fixin Diaries. Participants are given 10 Basha Uhuru single entry wrist bands to the festival. The social bikers task is for each participant to call up 10 strangers and ask each of them to come to the festival as they proceed along the cycle route. The route will start from the Fixin Diaries store in front of the court and cover the Braamfontein Neighbourhoods Market, Newtown and Maboneng before returning to Constitution Hill.

Date: 24 June 2017
Time: 09h00 - 13h00
Venue: Constitution Hill at Fixin Diaries

Sounds of Freedom: Market @ The Fort & Basha Uhuru Music Concert

Date: 24 June 2017
Time: 12h00 - 00h00
Artists & DJs:Thandiswa Mazwai, Stogie T, Zola, Sjava, BCUC, Gigi Lamayne , Dope Saint Jude, Kly, Ms Cosmo, DJSpeedsta, IAMPH’ Twins On Decks, DJKenzhero, 2Lee Stark, Uno July, Johnny Cradle, Urban Village, Melo B Jones, Bye Beneco, Mpho Sebina, DJ Coppashot & Bobotical, Rosie Parade, Andrew the DJ, Danger Ingozi, King B, DJ Zero, Osmic, Rhythm Sessions, Tha Muzik, Sistamatik, Yugen Blakrok, Mvette Black, DJ Zwai, DBN Gogo, Chuck Taylored
Venue: Various venues at Constitution Hill

Let’s Get Free: AFROPUNK Stage

Date: Saturday 24 June 2017
Time: 16h00 – 22h45
Artists & DJs: DOOKOOM; Demogoroth Satanum, Radio123, TCIYF, DJ Doowap
Marshalling Yard

Locrate Family Picnic & Comedy

A family picnic centred on comedy and great music. This picnic also celebrates all the different variations of family and will be the closing event to the festival.

Date: Sunday 25 June 2017
Time: 11h00 - 17h00
Comedians: Mashabela and Mpho Popps.
Music: Nonku Phiri, Thandi Ntuli and Sound Supreme DJs: Just Themba, Kenzhero, Tha Music & Rhythm Sessions
Venue: Constitution Hill, Women’s Gaol Courtyard Lawns
Between 12h00 and 16h00 on Saturday and Sunday art and design installations alongside the stages will showcase South African creativity live in action

Nando's is a passionate believer in nurturing South African creative talent, and known for cheekily exercising their youthful creative freedom in their advertising campaigns. Basha Uhuru Freedom Fest is an opportunity to not only support and freely share South African creative talent with a diverse audience, but to also celebrate Nando's fiery belief in freedom of expression in South Africa.

A broad range of artists will bring their unique voices to this creative festival. Nando's brings Dope Saint Jude and Gigi LaMayne (both collaborators in Nando's Music Exchange progamme) as well as Nonku Phiri to the stage alongside graffiti artist, Dion Cupido who will create a mega-sized artwork that will subsequently be installed outside Nando's Bryanston.

Nando's young Designers, Tulsha Booysen and Candice Lawrence will collaboratively design and make incredible new lights with an authentic South African aesthetic alongside the live performances. A Nando's Creative Collisions Treasure Hunt will take visitors through a creative collision experience with a chance to win surprise prizes and to enter the lucky draw to win an original artwork by Xolile Mtakatya.

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