HAVING KICKED-off on Thursday, the annual Basha Uhuru Freedom festival wraps up this weekend with a jamboree of contemporary art, design, film and a concert.
It also provides inspirational workshops and entrepreneurial support programmes for young creatives, fired by Nandos and supported by Gauteng Tourism.
The historical Constitution Hill, (Braamfie-Jozi) is the host venue that will on Saturday 30 (end of Youth Month commemorations), open its arms to welcome thousands of revelers at the festival, aimed at commemorating the youth of 16 June 1976, having begun six years’ ago.
Basha (youths) although not yet Uhuru (not free) will be reveling at the top line up that features Black Motion, my fav Sho Madjozi, Samthing Soweto, K.O, re-united Skwatta Kamp, Blk Jks, Moonchild Sanelly, Prokid, Zoe Modiga, BCUC, Urban Village, Sun Xa, Radio 123, Muzi, Joshua The I AM and Big Zulu.
DJs has the likes of iamPH, Speedsta, Akio, Sistamatic, Phatstoki, Rosie Parade, Deniece Marz, Coppashot & Bobotical, DJ Zero and Lubonk.
The Nando’s creative exchange programme showcases work by Christo Basson, Ludumo Maqabuka, Nkoali Nawa and Nkosinathi Quwe, that seeks to show diversity in medium, technique and subject matter, with the underlying thread of ritual tying the works together.
The festival will also exhibit a poster conceptualised by renowned photographer Jodi Bieber in collaboration with 45 young Joburgers, and designer and curator Brenton Maart.
A selection of objects from Gala’s archive ‘Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action’ forms part of the exhibition. The food and craft market will also be active from the opening day, and will continue for the entire festival.
Other programmes are for free but the Sounds of Freedom music fest on Saturday -a creative youth will have to fork out R50 through online ONLY: bashauhuru.howler.co.za/freedomfestival.
It begins from 12am until late.