Motswako – Africa Rising Festival in Sophiatown


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Motswako - Africa Rising Festival
Motswako – Africa Rising Festival

“Sophiatown The Mix” brings you Motswako-Africa Rising Festival from 2 to 30 May 2017 with pop- up stalls, workshops, movie screenings and performance.

May is ‘Africa Month’ – and in Jozi, Sophiatown is celebrating remarkable journeys being made by the many change-makers at Sophiatown the Mix to inspire, innovate and include right across the continent.

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Whether you’re talking to one of the 140 entrepreneurs creating their start-ups here, the musicians, community activists, educators, mentors or the young people looking for assistance to secure jobs and make a difference, it’s not in doubt: Afrika is rising!

Events include:

  • JAZZ ENCOUNTERS / Fridays at 20:00 / R120 / BYOB
  • Africa Zazi for Children / 3rd
  • Vuma Levin Sextet: Album Launch / 5th
  • Music Academy Workshop / 12th
  • Community Film Screening / 14th
  • Marcus Wyatt & Blue Note Orchestra: Album Launch /19th
  • Sof’town Urban Experience Tour / 23rd
  • Africa Day Reception / 25th
  • Lex Futshane / 26th

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From the Sof’town Urban Experience Tour, to the Academy of Music, and the regular live Jazz Encounters, there’s a lot going on in this tiny historic suburb and we are celebrating the true Motswako of this area’s past and present throughout May – the month when we especially look at our amazing continent for inspiration, innovation and inclusion.

Motswako (meaning ‘the mix’) is our theme for the Africa month ‘Afrika Rising’ festival this year, which runs in Sophiatown from May 2- 30. We have an eclectic mix of music, spoken word, stand-up, stuff for kids, film screenings, a pop-up market and the launch of the Sof’town Urban Experience!


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