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Where Young South African Creatives Are Celebrated

The Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival is a celebration of young South African creatives and their artistic freedom of expression. Now in its sixth year, the 2018 edition is brought to you by Constitution Hill in partnership with Nando’s, the Department of Arts and Culture, Gauteng Tourism, Gauteng Film Commission and the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller. The Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival not only showcases art, design, film and music, but it also provides inspirational workshops and entrepreneurial support programmes for young creatives.

Besides the incredible music line-up, this year’s festival also sees creative exchanges, film screenings, poetry sessions, panel discussions and more.Nando’s Creative Exchange This year’s Creative Exchange exhibition shows the work of four emerging, Southern African fine artists who demonstrate exceptional ability. They are Christo Basson, Ludumo Maqabuka, Nkoali Nawa and Nkosinathi Quwe. While the various works exhibited show diversity in medium, technique and subject matter, the underlying thread of ritual ties the works together. Each artist in their own way examines daily routines.

Date: 28 June
Time: 17h00 – 19h30
Jodi Bieber’s #i#i

is a poster exhibition conceptualised by renowned photographer Jodi Bieber in collaboration with 45 young Joburgers, and designer and curator Brenton Maart, which focusses on what young people want for South Africa. Posters will be available to take home in order to spread the art!

Date: 28 June
Time: 18h30 – 20h00
The People vs Patriarchy
MTV’s Lebogang Rasethaba-directed documentary aims to unpack what patriarchy is and how it impacts our society. Through frank and confrontational dialogue with young people from different walks of life, it explores topics such as #MenAreTrash and the countless cases of femicide and abuse exposed by the media in the country.

Date: 28 June
Time: 20h00 – 22h00
Five Fingers for Marseilles
The well-known South African Western will also be screened for festival-goers. Five Fingers for Marseilles tells the tale of a cowboy who returns to colonial Marseilles after fleeing police aggression two decades before, and finds the town under a new threat.

Date: 29 June
Time: 20h00 – 22h00
Words of Freedom
Amidst all the music, visual art and more, Words of Freedom will see poetry being brought to the festival. The Words of Freedom programme is curated by poet Sabelo Soko.
Date: 29 June
Time: 18h00-21h00
Basha Bacha Creative Conference
Taking place over the course of the festival, the Basha Bacha Creative Conference, curated by 10and5, will evolve into a creative entrepreneurs programme supported by the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller. The event is free but registration on is required.
Date: 28-29 June
Time: 10h00 – 16h00

The Basha Uhuru festival ends on Saturday, 30 June with a concert kicking off at 1pm. Who’s on the line-up? Black Motion, Sho Madjozi, Samthing Soweto, K.O, Skwatta Kamp, Zoe Modiga, BCUC, Urban Village, Sun Xa, Muzi, Speedsta, Deniece Marz, Coppashot & Bobotical, DJ Zero and MORE. Looking good already, right? Check out the full line-up here.Early bird tickets are R50 on and tickets will be on sale on the day for R75 at the Constitution Hill Box Office.For more information on the festival, head over to the official Basha Uhuru website

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