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Archive for the ‘Exhibits’ Category

‘Jive Soweto’ Exhibition Opens

Monday, September 17th, 2007

by Ndaba Dlamini, 29 August 2007

An art exhibition at the Hector Pieterson Museum aims to broaden the focus of the Arts Alive festival, as well as expand its geographic reach into Soweto.

Zanele Muholi, one of the most celebrated visual artists in the country, will lead a pack of big-name artists in a rare, professionally staged art exhibition at the Hector Pieterson Museum.

The month-long Jive Soweto exhibition is part of the City’s Arts Alive Festival; Hannelie Coetzee, Ossie Dowery, Churchill Madikida, Senzeni Marasela, Kenneth Nkosi, Farrell Ngilima and Peter Tobias are some of the artists who will be taking part.

According to the exhibition curator, Melissa Mboweni, the aim of the show is to showcase the artists in Soweto and broaden the festival’s usual focus on music and theatre. Mboweni is also the director of Akani Creative Consulting.

“We also want to extend the scope of the festival beyond the suburbs of Johannesburg and into the townships,” she says.

The exhibition is named after a song by musician Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, Jive Soweto; the song is reminiscent of the vibey but turbulent 1980s. The show will run from 1 September to 30 September.

However, Mboweni says that the Jive Soweto exhibition “has to be aware of the permanent exhibition at the museum.”

“The Jive Soweto artwork on show will have to be placed in juxtaposition to the permanent art and will have to address the same themes. It will have to show the same historical awareness of the 1976 Soweto Uprising and of Hector Pieterson himself.”

It will take on a cultural twist with up-and-coming jazz musician Rae entertaining guests on the opening day, according to Mboweni.

“The occasion will also feature Nambitha Eateries from Orlando West, which will showcase different types of South African indigenous foods. Entry to the opening show is free.”

From 2 September entrance will be R15 for adults and R5 for students and pensioners.

See, www.joburg.org.za/2007/aug/aug29_jivesoweto.stm

Gauteng MEC Creecy Launches Youth Month 2007

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

AIDS RibbonExcerpts of Statement by Gauteng MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Barbara Creecy at the launch of Youth Month 2007

Issued 31 March 2007

“Every year youth month offers us an opportunity to remember, commemorate and pay tribute to those young people who sacrificed their lives in the struggle for a free and democratic South Africa. It also offers us an opportunity to take stock of and highlight what we as government, in partnership with youth, have done in improving the lives of young people in Gauteng.

This year’s theme for Youth Month is ‘Deepening Youth Participation in Development through Service,’ and will see a variety of events being held throughout Gauteng. Many of the activities being co-ordinated by the Gauteng Youth Commission are being held in partnership with provincial and local government.

On the 13 June, the Gauteng Provincial Government and the Gauteng Youth Commission will host youth izimbizo’s throughout the province. These Imbizo’s form part of government’s programme of direct interaction with residents and allows for feedback from communities which enable government to streamline service delivery aimed at improving people’s lives. This month the focus will be on youth and hearing what young people have to say.

The event on June 16, National Youth Day, is being organised jointly by the Gauteng Provincial Government, the Gauteng Youth Commission, City of Johannesburg and June 16 Foundation. On June 16 the day’s activities will start at the Hector Petersen Memorial and Museum where Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa will be joined by Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Amos Masondo, Chairperson of Gauteng Youth Commission, Lebogang Maile, and members of the June 16 Foundation. Thereafter, the Premier will deliver a keynote address at Johannesburg Stadium in Bertrams, from 10h00. The political programme will be followed by entertainment by leading South African artists.

As outlined by the Gauteng Youth Commission, other activities include economic opportunities road shows, where we provide information on how to improve young people’s access to the economy, youth volunteer activities, and events around crime, disability, HIV and AIDS and xenophobia.

The provincial government regards youth development as an important part of the province’s vision to transform Gauteng into a globally competitive city region.”

“We celebrate June 16, 31 years after the initial youth demonstrations, as a reminder to ourselves and to future generations that the freedoms and liberties that we enjoy today are a product of the efforts and sacrifices of the many young men and women who relentlessly and fearlessly committed themselves to this cause.

1976 marked a decisive change in the constitution and character of the liberation struggle. By assuming leadership of the liberation movement, young people positioned themselves as crucial contributors in shaping a just and free South Africa, based on democracy and respect for human rights.

This year, let us pledge to build on that proud legacy and create a stronger partnership between government, youth and all other stakeholders, towards building a better Gauteng for all, regardless of age, race, and gender.”

HPMM Launches Website & Digital Archive Project

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

ithp9.gif Through a unique partnership with the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland, College Park, U.S.A., the Hector Pieterson Memorial & Museum is working to digitize the contents of its archival collections from the Student Uprisings of June 16, 1976. This partnership grew out of collaborative projects between Chief Curator Ali Khangela Hlongwane and Angel David Nieves, Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Hlongwane and Nieves have been working together since 2004. Both are looking to continue their unique collaboration through new exhibitions, publications, and archival projects that will help to expand the Museum’s collections and its unique mission.