The First Soweto Youth Festival Kicks Off Today #SYF2018

It’s no surprise that the youth of 2018 are by far the most tech-savvy and highly educated- they are the face of the future and change in society today. On the 15th and 16th of June, in celebration of #YouthMonth, STYLAGANG along with Offlimit Communications comes together to inspire and spearhead that change.

Introducing the first annual Soweto Youth Festival – a hangout spot for entrepreneurs, that aims to develop the social economy of Soweto, by attracting people with different artistic expressions, creative mindsets and passions. All this will be taking place at Protea South Multipurpose Centre from 11am till 5pm on Friday and 11- 8pm on Saturday.

Soweto Youth Festival

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

STYLAGANG is a creative collective from Soweto founded in 2012 by childhood friends Mpho Makua, Kam Risenga Tiiesetso Molefe and Swazi Nkosi. The festival came about as an idea between these childhood friends who saw a need for creative expression and youth development to have a new home and be taken more seriously. “We’ve (SGOD)  always been known to be at the forefront of the South African street culture and pushing the boundaries is one thing that gives our brand life. With years of having this vision of bringing something different to the now youth of Soweto, it’s amazing to see Soweto Youth Festival come together – and having partners like U-Live bringing their artist on board, pro-bono and all our amazing sponsors that have helped us pro bono-  it’s  a sign that people believe in the vision and together we can take it to greater heights- all in the name of uplifting the community,” says co-founder Mpho Makau.

The two-day festival kickstarts with a wisdom workshop on the 15th of June hosted by a mix of culture shapers who are leaders in their respective industries. School children will have the opportunity to hear first hand, from the best in the game and be inspired in making their own dreams realities. The workshop is set up to help elevate skills and shape youth culture, through music, leadership, fashion, design and art.

Day two, happening on the 16th of June, will bring a host of activities and entertainment. From an array of urban fashion stalls to tantalising food to gaming sessions – each touch point at the festival is made entice, express creativity and inspire a movement of forward-thinkers. Continuing with the collaborative approach, artists such as Emtee, Gemini Major, Tshego and Okmalumkoolkat to Luna Florentino, Champagne 69, Manu Worldstar and Mblee are all on the line up. DJs Vigilante, Slique and Vino amongst many will be blazing the hottest tracks on the deck pro bono. This will be complemented with an Open Mic session for up-and-coming musicians to also share their craft on stage.

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GIVING BACK

To give back to the community, Soweto Youth Festival has partnered with My Township Schools Foundation (MTS), through which they will mentor, motivate and give direction to learners in the duration of the festival. The CSI effort will continue after the event, by giving back to the underprivileged, suggested by Protea South Multipurpose Centre through a drive giving out food and clothes (uniform).
Pre-sold ticket sales are available for R30 (purchase online via SGOD) and R70 at the gate. The festival is hosted by Lwazi Zondo, F’ash Ngobese and Ta Fire; and is open to all ages. Make your way to the  Protea South Multipurpose Centre from Friday and experience a cultivating experience like no other.
Follow Soweto Youth Festival on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more exclusive updates or follow the hashtags #SowetoYouthFestival #SYF2018 to join in the conversation and spread the word.

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