Initiative takes art to the ghetto

BULAWAYO - Visual artist Mthabisi Phili has come up with an initiative entitled Feet-in City which seeks to spread art to high density suburbs.

Phili told the Daily News on Sunday that the programme he organised through his organisation called Voices in Colour, is determined to take art out of the usual formal spaces.

“We realised that art has become a privilege for a few or limited people who can afford to visit museums and galleries,” Phili said.

  “Feet-in City seeks to present art in a different and new dimension as compared to other artistic initiatives restricted to a minority.”

This year’s edition of Feet-in City, to be run over two days, will take place from December 12 to 13 under the theme: “My city My place My home.”

The two-day programme, which includes exhibitions, parade, music and various performances, will begin at Njube Hall in Njube Township.

The second and final day will present to the public interactive performances at the Centenary Park by some renowned Bulawayo artistes.

This will be preceded by a parade in the central business district of Bulawayo.

The parade will include performers like Black Umfolosi, Impumelelo Shining Stars, Umkhathi Theatre Works and Hudson Simbarashe.

“The parade seeks to capture the energy, colour, radiance and life of a people in a place.

“We believe in communities and people’s creativity and we hope to collaborate with everyone in the city from artists, vendors and people just passing by,” Phili said.

The visual artist who has taken part in various international art-related workshops said the Feet-in City parade and public performances will cause a radiant waking up of the city’s communities and artists in public spaces.

“The parade is for everyone and will be a celebration of our place and our home.

We aim to spread the value of the city, its people, history, cultural diversity, and multiplicity of identities as well as its positive symbols.”

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