We Can Arts Festival: 3 – 5 December
The 3rd of December is observed internationally as a day that celebrates people with disabilities. Locally the WE CAN ARTS FESTIVAL will commemorate and give recognition to disabled people, showcasing their extra ordinary talents in the fields of Arts & Business.
The festival will take place over three days between 3 and 5 December, commencing with an informative business and arts seminar on Thursday, 3 December 2015, at the Durban Playhouse from 9am to 4pm, a music concert and fashion show on Friday, 4 December 2015 at the Durban City hall starting at 6pm and the SMME exhibition starting from Thursday, 3 December and will conclude on Saturday, 5 December 2015 at Church Walk in front of the Durban City hall, 9am to 4pm daily.
Supported by the National Department of Arts and Culture, KZN Office of the Premier, eThekwini municipality and various media partners. The festival’s seminar will bring to the discusion table, programmes, arts & business opportunities for disabled people in these public departments, private sector and entertainment.
The concert on Friday will feature music legends, Steve Kekana, Babsie Mlangeni and Joe Nina who have overcome their disabilities and risen to fame. They will perform with a live band, supported by Sgwili and Dj Kabila. The program director will be Simphiwe Majozi who portrays the character of “Sbu” on SABC 1’s Telenovela, Uzalo.
Top Durban fashion designers will showcase their garments using models living with albinism and deaf models to eradicate stigmas about people with disabilities and unearth new talent. Designers will include: Linda Madiba who owns a label, Free Slave Lifestyle. Mxolisi Luke Mkhize of House of Saints, Muzi Mlambo Of Mita-en Designs and Adelaine of Chrystal Designs.
Siyabonga Mthembu (29), one of the models with albinism said “ I’m so excited to be part of this event. I hope people will learn more about albinisim, learn to appreciate us and stop looking upon us with shame and disgust.”
Disabled arts and entrpreneuers are encouraged to pre-book their spaces for the seminar and exhibition by calling 031 822 0470 or emailing, firstname.lastname@example.org. They are encouraged to book early as seats are limited. Tickets for the concert and fashion show are available at computicket for only R100.