In celebrating what is dubbed Youth Month, the department of sport, recreation, arts and culture (DSRAC) hosted a series of events including the arts and culture festival which took place at the Queenstown Art Centre on Saturday.
The festival coincided with netball and female rugby games which were also part of DSRAC’s programme for the day. The games took place at Man’s Pub and Braai netball courts and at Mlungisi stadium respectively.
Young musicians and dancers in groups from various areas around the Chris Hani District Municipality (CHDM), entertained the audience with renditions of well-known songs and some of their own at the art centre.
DSRAC assistant manager in performing arts, Ndoda Flepu, indicated the groups which performed on the day would receive a R2 500 stipend to avoid the already existing exploitation of artists.
“Only one group will not receive the stipend as they performed just to showcase their group which will assist them in audience development and might open doors for bookings.”
Flepu said the arts and culture festival was initially a district event, but due to budget constraints they have since decided to rotate it around the municipalities in the district.
“This time we did it in Enoch Mgijima to celebrate and commemorate the events that took place on June 16, 1976 by hosting a series of events, some of which have already taken place. Last Thursday we hosted the World Play Day where recreational games were played and library information services taught about ways to carry themselves through Love Life. The following day we had the Museum Day to teach local youth about the importance of preserving artefacts and learning about the history that is kept there.”
The groups which performed at the festival were Lover Boys from Molteno which kept the audience on their toes with their hip-hop dance moves, GYK from Sterkstoom sang hip-hop music, Embo ma Afrika from Ilinge, Sakhingomso from Ezibeleni and Nelson Mandela Development Group from Tarkastad performed traditional dance, while Igroup Yodumo and Amandla Ezibele dazzled the audience with their choreographed dance moves and the marimba group and Art Centre Youth performed marimba and jazz respectively.
In the sports Inkwenkwezi and Saps netball teams played the final match which Saps lost 9-8, and the rugby games where the six participating teams had to accumulate points with Mbhulukhweza leading with the highest points, followed by Ngqwaru and the Komani team in third place.