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Buyelembo Young Artists Annual Live Workshop and Festival launch

By Afikile Lugunya - Oct 12, 2018
Buyelembo Young Artists Annual Live Workshop and Festival launch

For the first time ever, the Buffalo City Municipality together with surrounding areas of Amathole region will be hosting Buya Live arts and culture festival from the 29th of November to the 2nd of December 2018.

The festival will be held at Masingata Village, 5km away from King Williams Town, alongside R63 route towards Dimbaza.

Buya Live is an artist’s workshop and arts and culture festival which aims to assist local artists who are in need of developmental support through the execution of the Buya Live and artists hub being Bulelembo village launch.

Buya Live aims to take the town of King Williams Town and surrounding villages to greater heights as the top cultural tourism destination through art celebration including exhibitions, street art, music festival and give a broader exposure to rural and local talent.

Great music and food at Buyelembo Young Artists Annual Live Workshop and Festival launch

According to Moses Gxothiwe who is a part and parcel of the event, a selection of activities for adults as-well-as an Arts and Craft zone where guests can Network while listening to busk of music and good food will be conducted.

“The target market will be Professionals, Businesspeople, Youth and the emerging Market. This can be done by inviting Private Sector Companies, Government Departments, Government Entities, Bank Sector, etc to participate in the event sponsorship and attending the event,” he described.

Eastern Cape artists have been fighting the battle for recognition far too long, that they even conducted a protest at Nelson Mandela Bay Metro in 2017 begging the Municipality to stop referring to local artists as ‘others’ like they   don’t have names.

This event is different from the well-known music events like the famous Buyelekhaya and Ebubeleni that are held every year in the Eastern cape because its not only about perfomances, but workshops to empower young artists will be conducted.

The event is also about promoting equal opportunities and access to markets, says Gxothiwe.

  • To empower rural and township inhabitants to work for themselves without being dependent at handouts and government grants.
  • To bring life and revitalize, reactive Rural and Townships tourism.
  • To provide an overview on the destitution of youth, women, black businesses, Cooperatives and people with disabilities in these areas and seek to find solutions to alleviate the situation.
  • To partner with private and public institutions to eradicate poverty, unemployment and Crime in our communities.
  • To promote social cohesion and patriotism by citizens and use this platform to foster togetherness and nation building.

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