Artists, community activists and members and supporters of the Cape Cultural Collective gathered at the District Six Homecoming Centre on Friday 24 February, for the launch of the collective’s 10th anniversary year.
There was impromptu music, dance and poetry performances in celebration of an organisation that has grown from humble beginnings in an Irish pub 10 years ago, to a formidable force for artistic creativity and social change.
The more than 100 people in attendance came from across the City. A 10th anniversary logo was unveiled and the brand new CCC website launched. The website can be accessed at http:/capeculturalcollective.org.za.
Founder member Zenariah Barends shared her recollections of the group’s origins and CCC veteran Ncebakazi Mnukwana outlined the substantial progress that had been made since.
The CCC seeks to advance social cohesion, engage in creative endeavour and promote personal and community development. The values of non-racialism, non-sexism, equality and respect were infused into the CCC by activists who had been involved in the anti-apartheid struggle.
The collective has an impressive list of projects under its belt, including;
- Monthly cultural programmes
- A poetry anthology
- The Rosa choir
- Community fundraisers
- Four major celebration concerts for UWC’s 50th anniversary
- Uhadi poetry production, performed in Paris in 2013
- The junior Rosa choir
- Cultural tourism initiatives
- Collaborations with many artists and community groups
The CCC works closely with cultural groups from Langa, Mitchells Plain and Manenberg.
Cape Cultural Collective Chairperson Mansoor Jaffer told those present that the success of the collective had come through the “combined efforts and energy and the common vision of many people over the years.”
He outlined the organisation’s exciting plans for the 10th anniversary year. These include;
- The launch event at the Homecoming Centre where the CCC website and a 10th anniversary logo was unveiled;
- cultural programmes in March, April, May, June, August and November and a major fundraiser in July
- a showcase event at Artscape relating the CCC journey through music, poetry and dance, towards the end of the year
- a public event in a park with arts, culture and food in October;
- the consolidation of the Rosa adult and junior choirs
- an Arts and Culture summit at a time and place to be determined
- the launch of the Manenberg Cultural Collective, a partner of the CCC
- a massive expansion of the CCC’s public profile through a heightened media presence;
- a tenth anniversary exhibition;
- the roll out of a skills development programme
- the expansion of cultural tourism initiatives
- working with Communicare on arts and culture programmes aimed at development and social cohesion
Jaffer called on artists and community activists to get involved with the Cape Cultural Collective to ensure it continues to grow and make an impact in communities.
Issued by the Cape Cultural Collective and the SA Sendinggestig Museum.
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