The lowdown on Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival 2018

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The Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival is back.  Now in its sixth year, the 2018 edition is brought to you by Constitution Hill in partnership with, Nandos, the Department of Arts and Culture, Gauteng Tourism, Gauteng Film Commission and the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller. This year the three-day, annual festival takes place from Thursday 28 June until Saturday 30 June.

June 2018 marks 42 years since the 1976 Soweto uprisings. Through this flagship festival, Constitution Hill commemorates the youth of ’76 who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Each year the festival showcases contemporary art, design, film and music. It is a celebration of young South African creatives and their artistic freedom of expression.

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Constitution Hill is a National Heritage Site and provides a space for us to remember our past, understand our present and imagine our future. Like Basha Uhuru all programmes implemented at Constitution Hill aim to ensure that the constitution becomes a living, interactive and demonstrable shared experience.

Provoking and inspiring, Basha Uhuru, the highlight of Constitution Hill’s calendar has grown into one of the foremost urban, creative youth festivals in our country. At the heart of our philosophy and approach is the curating of unique experiences that bring young people together, while breaking new ground in the culture and the arts.

“Constitution Hill is not a static space stuck in time but rather a movement that connects the past, the present and the future through sparks of experiences like Basha Uhuru. Through this festival, we preserve the past and the sacrifices make by the youth of ’76 making it accessible to young people today whilst transforming the future through real inspirational engagement at multiple creative intersections” said Dawn Robertson, CEO Constitution Hill.

Constitution Hill together with its partners, is committed to nurturing South African emerging creative talent. 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.

Visitors to the festival can look forward to an Art and Design exhibition featuring four artists from the Nando’s Creative Exchange programme. In addition, #i is a poster exhibition conceptualised by renowned photographer Jodi Bieber in collaboration with 45 young Jo’burgers, and designer and curator Brenton Maart. The #i exhibition focuses on young people from different backgrounds in Johannesburg (aged:15 – 23) – a generation that has not grown up under apartheid – a generation with a different historical experience to their parents.

They represent a generation that has the ability to access and communicate using technology. This enables their integration with a larger global community. The public poster exhibition of the work allows members of the public to take a poster away and so creates a future life for the artwork. A selection of objects from GALA’s archive – Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action constitutes another exhibition that is being featured.

This year the Basha Bacha creative conversations will also evolve into a creative entrepreneurs programme supported by the Gauteng Economic Propeller.

The festival music line-up on 30 June features Black Motion, Samthing Soweto, BCUC, a reunion of Skwatta Kamp, Sho Madjozi (South African mentor for the 2018 Nando’s Music Exchange programme), as well as MUZI and Joshua The I AM (previous Nando’s Music Exchange artists).

Ticket sales to the concert on 30 June open on 1 June 2018. Early bird tickets go on sale online on the Basha Uhuru website (www.bashauhuru.co.za) for R50. Tickets will also be on sale on the day through the Constitution Hill Box Office at R75. All other programmes are free but registration on the website is required for the Basha Bacha Creative Collisions programme which is open to creative entrepreneurs.

The full programme for this event will be announced shortly. The proceeds from the sale of music festival tickets will be used to further facilitate the growth and development of the creative programmes at Constitution Hill. Safe and secure underground parking will be available on site and dedicated, secure Uber pick up points have been arranged.

Let’s fire it up, Jozi! Join the Movement

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