Hello all you young and dusty folk! Golly, but it’s been an exciting few weeks in the headquarters. Exhibitions, exhibitionists, expositions, exes, experiments, and events – even a whole fashion show of frocks and fancy wear. Even the riverine rabbits are well dressed now.
Photos thanks to Thimna Bartman.
As you know, we have a guiding principle for radical inclusion along with radical self expression, and a big part of that is incubating the next generation of artists who are emerging in South Africa. This past weekend, we hosted a fashion show, because we love to dress up, and grow and diversify our creative network.
The event was put together by Esethu Dlamini and Sibabalwe Mlagane who are two dangerously talented young interns from CPUT (Cape Peninsula University of Technology). Funded by a CATHSSETA bursary, they’ve come to work every day at our AfrikaBurn HQ and have been closely mentored by AfrikaBurn team members Julia Savage, Isa Marques and Nokubonga Vusani. The whole operations team has been working with them over the past few months, sharing their event skills and knowledge through the implementation of Eco Trip, and supporting them to be able to put on their own event from start to finish.
Given a glorious blank AfrikaBurn canvas aka the Junction Hotel, Siba and Esethu conceptualised their event as a fashion show, did the ticketing, arranged the designers, musicians (why do DJ’s always turn up late?), security, catering, etc. and pulled off their first successful event at our HQ in Salt River, Cape Town. They will be returning to their studies in July after their sixth month stint. AfrikaBurn has subsequently been invited to join an advisory committee with CPUT for the tourism and events department, which means our methods and principles will have yet wider reach and impact in the default.
Much like any AfrikaBurn event, everyone who attended was exposed to radically different sights and sounds and an incredible showcase of creativity … This is exactly what we do with your funding and support … provide the scaffolding for creatives and artists all over the world to share their creations and change peoples lives for the better.
Your generous support for AfrikaBurn created the space for dozens of young South African creatives to show off their talent and start their journey to success. It made us feel warm and fuzzy to experience a next generation of burners in our Junction space, and we hope it makes you feel really good too. As a member of our community you have a direct hand in shaping and supporting the next generation of artists and creatives … when you see South African fashion on catwalks around the world in a few years time, you helped make this happen.
Artists who created with us on the day:
MC: Noxolo Mkhize
Artist: Robot Metal Angel
Artist: Mountain Goats
Designers who graced us with their style:
Designer: Siyabulela Mene
Designer: The Priesthood
Designer: DeAbdah Lee