Last edited: April 20, 2012
Posted by Business and Arts South Africa
28-29 April 2012
Urban Arts Platform is hosting ARTS UNBOUND, a multidisciplinary arts festival. ARTS UNBOUND is a free and open platform for young artists to showcase their work in and around Johannesburg inner-city 28-29 April.
From our inner-city home and heritage site, The Ansteys Building, ARTS UNBOUND will make the arts more accessible to the inner-city community and will make the inner city more accessible to suburbanites. The festival participants are young artists who represent the mix of cultures and influences found in our city. It will free these artists to explore their multiple talents while celebrating Freedom Day. The events planned for the festival are Parade Unbound, Films Unbound and Live Unbound.
Parade Unbound is a street parade in the Kerk Street Market on Saturday 28 April at 12pm. The parade is set to awaken people out of their mundane shopping experience with music and dance. Independent Rap Artist from Vosloorus, Projektah promises to keep the crowds waiting for the next surprise with charisma and great beats. Projektah recently got featured by HHP's latest album, Motswafrika, alongside Zubz, Omar, Asheru and other international artists. Performer Dismental Thee Axemple and Urban Arts Platformâ€™s Ansteys Kids will also perform.
Bring blankets, a bottle of wine, a picnic and cosy up to your friends for Films Unbound. On the Ansteys fourth floor balcony on Saturday 28 April, 6-8pm, with the inner-city as a backdrop, Urban Arts Platform will showcase two Jozi films. First is Acoustic Groove Machineâ€™s â€œLe Petit Par Fromageâ€, an animation set to live music. Second on the programme is Handheld filmâ€™s documentary, â€œAngels on Fireâ€, which tells the story of a group of children who escape their daily struggles in Yeoville through dancing. Hot chocolate, tea and coffee will be for sale.
Live Unbound is a chance for live performance to overtake the Ansteys Building. Music workshops start off the festivities on Sunday 29th April. A music workshop for kids is on at 10am. Kids from the ages 8-14 are welcome. A music workshop for adults will commence at 11am. If you would like to participate, email email@example.com. At 12pm, a live performance in the streets surrounding the Ansteys by Ministry for the Most Glorious Consultation of the Complete Art Whole (M.T.H.A.F.K.R.) will start off an afternoon of entertainment.
Audiences will then move up to the fourth floor balcony to enjoy music and dance performances together with a truly South African braai. Watch dancing from the Hillbrow Theatre Project, a group of children from Hillbrow who train in dance and theatre under the guidance of Gerard Bester. Also dancing are Burning Force Dance Crew, from Mohlakeng and who have performed at over 4000 events in South Africa. There will also be live music performances ranging from traditional African to Rock. Singata is an afro-fusion band whose philosophy is music is for everyone. The Royal Vibrationz is a marimba group of ten who from the Hillbrow Theatre. Acoustic Groove Machine, with Adrien Ziller on guitar and vocals, also performs. We Own the Night promise to get the crowd off their feet when DJ Online performs alongside Tebza (Drummarsh) on the African Drums.
Saturday 28 April
Kerk Street Market (next to the Ansteys Building)
Performer Dismental Thee Axemple
Fourth Floor Balcony at Ansteys
Acoustic Groove Machine â€“ â€œLe Petit Par Fromageâ€
Handhand Films â€“ â€œAngels on Fireâ€