What is the Maboneng Township Arts Experience at this year's Aardklop Festival?
Siphiwe Ngwenya, founding director of Maboneng Township Arts Experience, and his team arrange tours for festival visitors from the Aardklop festival venue to visit local houses in Ikageng that have been converted into art galleries. During such a tour festival visitors get a unique opportunity to meet the home owners and artists. This initiative has already been established in Alexandra, Johannesburg, and Langa in the Cape, but this year local artists in Ikageng will also have the exposure.
"We regard it as important to build the community and to make it a place the residents can be proud of. We develop the culture and highlight another aspect of the history of the township," says Ngwenya.
Yolanda Wessels caught up with Ngwenya and asked him to tell LitNet's readers more about what it is like to be an artist in the township? How does free time look when you have to get up early to catch a taxi to work and only return late at night and art material is expensive? What does it mean for the artists to have the opportunity (and platforms such as Aardklop) to be able to create?
He recorded his answers for her:
Maboneng Township Arts Experience and Aardklop
4-6 October 2018, at 11:00 and 14:00
Duration: 60 minutes
Small buses will depart on 4, 5, 6 October at 11:00 and 14:00 from the commuting service station at the Bult.
Tickets can be bought in cash at the commuting service station at the corner of Esselen and Hoffman streets.
- All pictures provided by Siphiwe Ngwenya