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Disability Arts Festival kicks off in Bloem

Free State artists living with disabilities attend a workshop to mark the opening of the 2018 Free State Disability Arts Festival at Pacofs in Bloemfontein.                                                                                                                   PHOTO: New Trends Media

The 2018 Disability Arts Festival kicked off yesterday (Thursday) with a workshop for artists living with disabilities at Pacofs in Bloemfontein.

The five-day festival is hosted by the Free State Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation (DSACR) and seeks to create a platform for the celebration of various talents possessed by people with disabilities. The highlight of the fest will surely be performances by legendary musicians, Babsy Mlangeni and Steve Kekana. Both musicians have overridden visually impairment to become household names in their chosen art form.

This year’s festival will run under the theme; #PutYourselfInMyShoes.

Today (Friday) the festival will move to Hoffman Square where a flea market will be running from 09h00. This will be followed up by a beauty contest at 11h00 on Saturday at Pacofs.

The main festival is expected to kick off at 19h00 at the same venue.

Day 4 of the festival will be devoted to indoor games which will be held at Pacofs. The curtain comes down on the fest with the celebration of the International Disability Day on December 03 to be staged at the same venue from 08h00.

DSACR MEC, Mathabo Leeto, believes the festival will go a long way in asserting the right to equal opportunities for people living with disabilities as enshrined in the Freedom Charter.

“The Freedom Charter continues to guide and inform the transformation path of our country, that of building a South Africa that belongs to all who live in it, a South Africa that also belongs to girls, boys, men and women with disabilities who live in it, black and white. When we proclaim in the Freedom Charter that our country will never be prosperous or free until all our people live in brotherhood, enjoying equal rights and opportunities, we include children, young persons, adults and older persons with disabilities equally,” Leeto said.

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