Constitution Hill hosts Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival
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Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival, Constitution Hill's flagship youth festival, is set to ignite Johannesburg again from 10 to 13 June. The event, a collaboration between Constitution Hill and contemporary art gallery Kalashnikovv, will showcase young emerging artists and creatives of urban culture through music, film, art, discussions and networking platforms and will be hosted over a period of four days - with the main festival being held on 13 June.

This festival, which was conceptualized by Constitution Hill's curator Gaisang Sathekge in 2013, is now in its third year and is focused at empowering the youth through the creative industry by affording them platforms for freedom of artistic expression. The event will feature an extended programme offering more art exhibitions, film screenings (sponsored by the Gauteng Film Commission), a heritage cycling tour, creative network exchange, a thrilling music concert, and a food and clothing market - all woven into the rich historical tapestry that makes up Constitution Hill.

This year there will be three exhibitions running concurrently under the theme of "Expressions of Freedom". The film screenings will show various South African films while the Design Share Party, a creative network session, will give young and upcoming artists the opportunity to engage with industry professionals and discuss topics relating to the art industry. There will also be a youth debate session fuelled by current affairs affecting society such as xenophobic violence and the responsibilities of young people in ensuring that past atrocities and injustices are not repeated. The market will be a combination of fashion and food, and will be a space to meet, greet and interact!

The music concert, set for 13 June, will be held at the historical Women's Gaol courtyards and will feature two stages. The main stage will feature an eclectic genre of contemporary South African musicians including live performances and DJs while the second stage, coordinated by the legendary hip hop enthusiast DJ Sistamatic, will feature an eccentric line-up of hip-hop DJs, underground acts and poetry. The audience can look forward to a fiery line-up of artists such as Admiral and Jahseed, Kenzhero, Shortstraw, Fantasma, Sol Phenduka, Mashayabhuqe, BLK JKS Sound System and many more.

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The aim of the festival is to highlight the role of the creative industry in addressing the challenges faced by the youth, such as unemployment, while also providing a platform to groom an entrepreneurial spirit in them and encourage small business and enterprises. There will be various networking platforms where the youth will interact with industry leaders who will provide guidance and mentorship.

The underlying theme of the festival is aligned to the commemoration of 60 years of the Freedom Charter, and each programme will be uniquely affiliated with freedom - Conversations of Freedom (youth debate and networking sessions), Expressions of Freedom (series of art exhibitions), Visions of Freedom (mini film festival), Rides of Freedom (heritage cycling tour) and Sounds of Freedom (music concert).

In further celebration of Youth Month, Constitution Hill will be providing complimentary tours to all young people between the ages of 18 and 35. ConHill has also introduced new tour offerings which showcase the history of the site, including the Walk with Madiba tour, the Night Tour @ ConHill, and the Time Travel Tour which is an interactive experiential tour.

We encourage the youth to visit the historical prison complex where the youth of 1976 were incarcerated and also to experience South Africa's transition from a turbulent past to a democratic nation.