Durban’s Parks, Recreation & Culture Unit is hosting a celebration to honour Heritage month. Freedom of the Mind is a day-long free family event to be held at Bay of Plenty, next to the skateboard area, on Saturday, September 5, to showcase the breadth of creative talent the city is nurturing.
The Parks, Recreation & Culture Unit event will take place on the lawns from 10 am until 8 pm on Saturday. The programme includes a battle of the DJs; a drumming session; open mics to feature hip hop; jazz; sketch comedy; vernacular comedy; traditional dance; gospel and contemporary dance.
The work and projects of the Durban Art Gallery and Libraries department will also be showcased. Other events will take place on the same day from South Beach to North Beach and activities will include volleyball, aerobics and children’s activities with jumping castles, storytelling and more.
The intention of the cultural day is to showcase the artists which the Arts and Living Culture Department have been mentoring with the intention of exposing them to external stakeholders, the public and potential employers, and for the performers and artists to gain experience and exposure.
The Arts and Living Cultures Unit does not employ artists but facilitates arts development programmes such as poetry, dance, choral and traditional music, hip hop, jazz, theatre and comedy by offering workshops, seminars, exhibitions and live performance opportunities.
“Parks, Recreation and Culture is focused on social cohesion,” explains Head of Parks, Recreation and Culture Unit, Thembinkosi Ngcobo “We are blessed with world class facilities and we want to encourage further activity in the city’s many public spaces – especially those which aren’t optimally utilised.
“We also want to foreground the city’s natural heritage and send out a message that our beaches, parks and open spaces needs preserving, protecting and promoting.
“So often the Durban population neglects the natural heritage, so we want to encourage Durbanites to become exposed to our public spaces and utilise them more, and to become more familiar with the city’s diverse cultures and creative activities.”
A stage will be erected on the Bay of Plenty lawns for the day. There will also be installations, displays and stalls on the periphery showcasing some of the city’s cultural projects. Entry is free and all are welcome.
With its youth focus, it is an alcohol-free event, so only soft drinks will be available. There will also be a mini open air market.
The skateboard park alongside the lawns will also be operational, with BMX/cycle/skateboard enthusiasts doing demonstrations and competitions as part of the day’s programme.
For more information, contact Phumelele Myeza at 031 311 2410 or 031 311 2427/8 or email Phumelele.Myeza@durban.gov.za.