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Opportunity awaits at the Kulture Kapital festival

The publicly acclaimed annual Kulture Kapital festival is extending from 3-day to an extensive 7-day festival due to efforts of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) attempting to revitalize the Bay with arts and culture whilst empowering various artists. This year, the jam-packed 7-day Festival, will take place from the 2nd to 9th of July 2021 and will be themed around identity. The intention of this theme is to solicit public debates and discussions around the identity of the City and its citizens. The festival will exhibit body of works from diverse artists challenging some of NMBM’s public spaces and to explore some of the amazing venues and landmarks that this city has. “Culture is one of the best capitals of the Nelson Mandela Bay area, and it is therefore suiting to title the programme: Kulture Kapital Festival. This platform offers an opportunity to pilot collaborative work highlighting the arts, culture, and various heritage forms of the people of the Bay”, said Creative and Cultural Industries Project Manager, Oyama Vanto. The Festival is an opportunity for young people to showcase their talents, and to further gain understanding of the cultural identity of the city. Hence the MBDA is inviting all Artists to submit a body of work that keeps to the theme of the festival, ‘’Identity’’. Body of work to be considered include but not limited to, theatre, street fashion, live music (any genre), graffiti art, murals, visual arts exhibitions, poetry, standup comedy, local films, crafters, pop up food stalls, street pop up dance, guided tours, and heritage dialogues. For mural artworks the Visual Artists are expected to submit proposed artwork and the proposed location in the Inner City for the Artwork. Please submit a no more than two pages summary of your proposed body of work to the following email address before the 4th of June 2021. After submissions, the selection process will be as follows: • Review and selection to curate the best body of work through a panel composed of MBDA and Creative & Cultural industries role players. • Response letters will only be issued to those successful. If you do not receive a letter three weeks after submission, please consider your submission unsuccessful. • The unsuccessful submission will be archived and NOT be used by the MBDA. To keep up with the details of the activities and what will be taking place where, please be on the lookout for #NMBKultureKapital on KultureKapital and MBDA social media platforms, or for more information please contact Oyama Vanto on email at