Youth Month Celebrations at Sibikwa Arts Centre


For Sibikwa’s Saturday Arts Academy and Inclusive Creative Arts Programme learners, #June16 is an opportunity to learn about our history. Marking the beginning of a new era, the 1976 Soweto uprisings rightly occupy a central place in the story of national liberation. The costs were high for the black school children leading the demonstrations and protests, but the youth held a united front and gathered for a common purpose; courageously proving that it is possible for young people to bring change in our country.

Since 1995, when the South African Government officially declared 16 June a national public holiday, in recognition of the sacrifices and contributions of the youth in the struggle against apartheid, June 16, now known as Youth Day, has been remembered, commemorated, and memorialised as public history in different ways and forms.

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For Sibikwa’s Saturday Arts Academy and Inclusive Creative Arts Programme learners, #June 16 is an opportunity to learn about our history, to showcase their dedications and talents, and to imagine their place and future in our country. Both programmes advocate Sibikwa’s philosophy that arts engagement and education nurture a culture of education, and an entrepreneurial spirit, and enhance the capacity of individuals to realise their potential and become active participants in building a better future and society.

The #June16 Concert for the Saturday Arts Academy learners will be on Youth Day, Sunday 16 June 2019. The day will begin with performances by primary school learners at 11h00, followed by secondary school learners in the afternoon. Aimed at filling the gap in arts education, the Saturday Arts Academy trains over 150 learners, aged 6 – 24, nurturing talent and providing a strong platform for artistic creativity in the community.

The #June16 Concert for the Inclusive Creative Arts Programme out-of-school out-of-work youth will take place the following Sunday, 23 June at 11h00. The Inclusive Creative Arts Programme focuses on young people living with disabilities, out-of-school out-of-work youth, and children from previously disadvantaged and marginalised backgrounds, providing learners, aged 7 – 30, with the access and opportunity for personal and professional development through the arts.

Performances by the Inclusive Creative Arts Programme learners from Actonville Training Centre: School for the Disabled and Sibonile School for the Visually Impaired will take place in July at their schools, kicking off the third term for their peers and teachers with drumming and dance performances.

Join us at Sibikwa Arts Centre, 13 Liverpool Road, Benoni, on Sundays 16 at 11am for the Primary learners showcase and at 2pm for the senior learners and on the 23 June at 11am for the out of school out of work learners. Come and experience the energy and promise of the new generation in lively performances brought to you by our own Ekurhuleni youth. R30 entrance fee for adults R15 for children under twelve. Light snacks and refreshments will be sold.

For more information, please see contact details below.
Bongani Yende
011 422 4359
061 982 6429
Sibikwa Arts Centre

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