The Mandela Bay Development Agency is embarking on a four weeks programme to promote the artists of the City and to bring audience to the iconic Athenaeum ‘Grand Lady’ of Arts and Culture of Nelson Mandela Bay in a “know your artists programme” that will start from the 24th of June until 31 July 2013. The Programme funded by the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund coincides with the Arts Journey’s Nelson Mandela Bay Fringe programme of the National Arts Festival 2013.
This year’s performing arts line up which is organized by The Swallows Foundation (SA) / Isiseko Senkonjane includes performances by Thabisa Ntseoane from ‘I want to sing Gospel’, Naledi, Shoelace Rockers Soul, Tivi, Abantu, Lujaman, J-Bux, and also features Pantsula Dance Crew-Phashash, and a contemporary dance performance by UK Dancers (Duka Dance). Lelethu PoeticSoul Mahambehlala will be hosting poetry sessions. Magenge Theatre, who won the Zwakala Festival, will perform their first production ‘Where the heart is’ and many more performances from Local artists.
As part of this month long programme there is also a high end fashion and craft week program to be presented by SilverSpoon Clothing termed “the Nelson Mandela Bay, City of Diversity, the City of change”. Stephanie Beyers of SilverSpoon who came up with this idea says with this event they would like to create an event that brings together fashion, on a national scale, and local Port Elizabeth based crafters. She says the vision is to create a network of people, sharing ideas, techniques and business advice in order to promote the fashion industry and its subcategories in our Nelson Mandela Bay.
Mandela Bay Heritage Trust (MBHT) have come up with an idea of a Personal Heritage named “Wedding” which will see the public asked to provide their, or parents’ or grand parents’ wedding black and white photographs to be displayed at the Athenaeum. The MBHT says the idea is to portray hundreds of the photographs packed randomly on a wall to emphasize that our personal heritages and the potential for connections are a strong cohesive force in our fledgling democracy.
During this period the Nelson Mandela Bay Creative Collective which is facilitated by PE Opera House and Swallows Foundation SA and the Mandela Bay Development Agency will host a Cultural Industries Symposium on the 26th of July at the Opera House. The symposium is a gathering of Arts and Cultural Practitioners from National, Provincial and local in Port Elizabeth to contribute to a development of the arts industry in the Eastern Cape in particular the Nelson Mandela Bay.
Be part of the activity of performances at the Athenaeum situated at the corner of Castle Hill and Belmont Terrace in Central, Port Elizabeth. Join us between 12:30 to 15:00 everyday from Tuesday 25th June to 30 July 2013. Just walk in to listen to music, watch performances, and listen to our guest speakers.