December 3 is observed internationally as a day that celebrates people with disabilities. Locally the We Can Arts Festival will commemorate and recognise disabled people, showcasing their extra ordinary talents in the fields of arts and business.
The festival will take place over three days between December 3 and 5, commencing with a business and arts seminar on Thursday, December 3 at the Durban Playhouse from 9 am to 4 pm.
On Friday, December 4 there will be a music concert and fashion show at the Durban City hall starting at 6 pm.
The concert will feature music legends, Steve Kekana, Babsie Mlangeni and Joe Nina who have overcome their disabilities and risen to fame. They will perform with a live band, supported by Sgwili and Dj Kabila. The programme director will be Simphiwe Majozi who plays “Sbu” on SABC 1’s Telenovela, Uzalo.
Top Durban fashion designers will showcase their garments using models living with albinism and deaf models to eradicate stigmas about people with disabilities and unearth new talent.
Designers will include: Linda Madiba who owns a label, Free Slave Lifestyle, Mxolisi Luke Mkhize of House of Saints, Muzi Mlambo of Mita-en Designs and Adelaine of Chrystal Designs.
Siyabonga Mthembu (29), one of the models with albinism said: “I’m so excited to be part of this event. I hope people will learn more about albinisim, learn to appreciate us and stop looking upon us with shame and disgust.”
The festival will also include an SMME exhibition, which runs from Thursday, December 3 to Saturday, December 5 at Church Walk in front of the Durban City hall, from 9 am to 4 pm daily.
Supported by the National Department of Arts and Culture, KZN Office of the Premier, eThekwini municipality, the festival’s seminar will bring to the discussion table, programmes, arts and business opportunities for disabled people in these public departments, the private sector and entertainment.
Disabled artists and entrepreneurs are encouraged to pre-book their spaces for the seminar and exhibition by calling 031 822 0470 or emailing, email@example.com.
Tickets for the concert and fashion show are available at Computicket for only R100.