Celebrating Port Elizabeth’s diverse African cultures

OCTOBER 28, 2016

Residents of Port Elizabeth will have the opportunity to find out more about each other’s cultures while enjoying live music, an art exhibition, a fashion expo and savouring African cuisine from across the continent at the One Africa Arts Festival. 

The Festival, which will be taking place on the 19th of November at the Grand Hotel, is described as “a ground breaking multi-disciplinary event” by organiser Nomakhomazi Dewavrin of One Blood Sound.

“Art will be used as a tool to bring South Africans and their fellow African neighbours together under one roof to exchange and celebrate Africa`s diversity,” she says.

Headline acts include is Eastern Cape-born and raised national Afro Rock queen Camagwini as well as one of South Africa’s best reggae groups, the Azania Band.

Local favourite Afro Soul singer Brown Sugah will be joined by three local hip hop acts selected by Hip Hop DJ  ‘’Miss Jay’’ during auditions held at Alliance Francais in Richmond Hill.

Other musicians who will be on stage during the festival include Mariloe, Ebed’Yah and Ikati Esengxoweni.

Five fashion designers from Nigeria, Congo, Tanzania and South Africa will showcase their latest lines, which will be available for audiences to try on and purchase, according to fashion expo curator Okuhle Dyosopu.

A visual art exhibition is being curated by Oko Macanda, co-founder of Playground Bully Pictures, a production company focused on creating low cost media services for emerging companies and individuals.

According to Macanda, the exhibition will showcase works made by five talented visual artists from South Africa, Lesotho and Zimbabwe.

Charlotte Jarnet, director of Alliance Francais, is facilitating an African cuisine expo, where chefs from Ghana, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Zimbabwe will share traditional foods from their home countries with the audience.

Craft beer lovers will be in for a treat, as the newly opened dockside brewery which has set its operations at the Grand Hotel will open its doors for the audience to discover their wide range of craft beers.

The One Africa Arts Festival will run from two in the afternoon to ten at night at the Grand Hotel in Central.

Tickets are available from Computicket at R100 and from the door for R150.

No under 18s will be allowed.