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Homebrew leaves mark on arts landscape

Local DJ and radio presenter, Ba2cada (in white cap), poses for a photo with some of the people who attended the Hip-hop show during MACUFE 2018.                                                                 Photo Supplied        

The Homebrew Programme, which ran parallel to the recently concluded 10-day annual Mangaung African Cultural Festival (MACUFE), has been described as a resounding success.

Hosted by the Free State Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation (DSACR) in partnership with the national Department of Arts and Culture, the Homebrew Programme ran from 07-12 October in Mangaung. Some of the programme’s attractions included a Reggae Festival, Word Fest, Free State Legends Music Festival, Urban Youth Festival, Miss Glamorous Beauty Pageant, a Theatre and Dance Festival as well as the Visual Arts Crafts Market.

The two-day Word Fest, one of the major highlights of the 2018 Homebrew, was hosted by DSACR’s Language Services Unit to celebrate literary practitioners in and around the Free State province. More than 200 enthusiasts converged at the Musicon Hall in Westdene, from 11-12 October for the event which covered all genres and aspects of literary art.

Writers’ organizations from as far and wide, such as Ngolang Bangodi from Kroonstad, as well as learners from various schools in the province took part in the Word Fest.

Meanwhile, the Eastern Cape contingent, which included artists and officials from the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, led by Senior Manager, Grootboom, also made their way to the City of Mangaung. The Northern Cape was represented by Mbandezi, from their Language Services unit.

The event was also graced by DSACR’s Chief Director for Cultural Affairs, Vincent Khetha, who spoke highly of the event.

Commending the 11-year old relationship between the Eastern Cape and the Free State, Khetha said; “It has become a pilgrimage that annually our officials would attend and support Eastern Cape LitFest which takes place during the Standard Bank National Arts Festival. We believe the time has arrived to formalize and solidify our working relations in a form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

“Our plan is to ensure that this anticipated MoU won’t only be limited to issues of languages, but will be extended to arts and culture, museums and libraries.”

Homebrew is a developmental programme of the department which seeks to provide exposure to local artists who were not part of flagship programmes such as MACUFE.

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