Nelson Mandela Bay_Kulture Kapital initiative brings back arts into the inner city

Nelson Mandela Bay_Kulture Kapital initiative brings back arts into the inner city
June in South African is commonly celebrated as national Youth Month in commemoration of the events of 1976. As part of putting culture and art in the centre of a holistic spatial development, the MBDA and partners are launching a brave initiative to activate public spaces through the launching of a week-long Youth Festival during the month of June.
Speaking about this initiative, Oyama Vanto who leads the Creative Industry sector at the MBDA says ”this week-long Youth Festival is an opportunity for Nelson Mandela Bay to pilot a collaborative effort in highlighting the Arts, Culture and Heritage(s) of the people of Nelson Mandela Bay. The programme offers not only a platform for young people to showcase their talents, but an opportunity to learn more and understand the cultural mapping of the City and what opportunities exist as the country moves forward in exploring the fourth industrial revolution, in which the creative and cultural industries play a pivotal role”.
“This creative initiative is a partnership between the Mandela Bay Development Agency, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism, Mandela Bay Fashion Fridays, Nelson Mandela University, Locally Yours Market, AFDA, and many other organizations, autonomous groups and individual artists. Culture is the capital that the city has to offer and because of that, the programme is called Nelson Mandela Bay Kulture Kapital” concludes Vanto.

The planned Youth Festival activities fall right into the precincts the MBDA is currently doing work in. The focus will be Govan Mbeki Avenue, South End, Vuyisile Mini square, Central and Baakens Valley Precinct. The intention is to allow culture and art back into the City and this will be achieved through a mixture of activities that will begin on the 10th of June and continue right up until the 15th of June 2018.
The programme will kick off with the ‘’Locally Yours Market’’ which will provide a continuous platform to young entrepreneurs who have brilliant products, but lack the access to markets. Other attractions include visual arts on some of the City’s buildings, performing and performance arts, local film screenings, flashmobs, poetry, buskers, heritage tours and lots more. And to finish on a high note, the Youth Week festivities will culminate with a Bay Fashion Show.
To keep up with the details of the activities and what will be taking place where, please be on the lookout for #NMB_Kulture Kapital on all social media platforms or contact Oyama Vanto at
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