Wits Stash- Grahamstown National Arts Festival 2019
- By: Wits Stash
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/wits-stash
We are Arts students from the University of the Witwatersrand, our primary focus is to create a culture where art students and alumni integrate and share ideas through
collaboration: bridge the gap between students and artists in the industry. To ensure
that WSoA students are part of the larger art community and that the university and its products find expression in the meaningful artistic activities in the creative industry.
We are raising funds for Grahamstown National Arts Festival 2019.
WSOA has been successful in developing a unique ‘brand’ presence in the arts but its participation in artistic activities has been minimal if existent at all. The Wits Stash has decided that through collaborations and joint projects between the wits alumni and the students it would be able to create an expansion of the WSoA “student” in the creative industry and reposition a better cultural profile of the university. This would be both appealing to art spaces and improve the quality of community life and make both WSoA students and their alumni attractive in the creative industry.
In light of the above and after a successful initiative in 2018, the Wits Stash has seen it fitting that it requests support to go to the Grahamstown National arts fringe festival to showcase the works of WSoA students and alumni that have been invited to participate in the festival. The Wits Stash also wants to extend its showcase to surrounding festivals in Grahamstown during that time which includes the Fingo festival.
The Fingo Festival is a community-led arts festival held at Fingo Village Square in Fingo Village, a township3 kilometres outside of Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. The festival runs for five to seven days, every June/July during the National Arts Festival. Established in 2011, the festivals art as a tool to promote social cohesion, dialogue and social transformation within the Fingo Village township and the larger Grahamstown community. Featuring local and international acts, the festival's programme includes children's programmes, visual art, drama, music, workshops and youth dialogues.
We have from the 30th of May 2019 till the 23rd of June 2019 to raise the funds.
A major portion of the funds will go towards securing Accommodation for 50 students, transport to and from Grahamstown and purchasing food for the duration of the festival.
Funds will be allocated as follows:
Accommodation: R90 000,00 (Smokey Moonpackpackers)
Transport (JHB TO Eastern Cape-Return): R60 000,00
Food (Whole festival): R12 000,00
By taking part in the Festival, we will also allow WSoA students to participate in art that works outside of conventional artistic spaces. For example students will participate in a public art festival which involves creating work (theatre, music, fine art) in streets and other-conventional spaces. This will help students to be exposed to other mediums and ways of creating work.
*Funds raised will be transferred directly to Wits University from where it will be managed*