8th Legacy Kiddies Village a huge success

During the 8th Annual Legacy Kiddies Village Festival were from the left Obed De Koker (adjudicator), Pesa Pheko (founder and Festival Director), Maria de Koker (mentor), and Loxion Sentimile (MC).

The 8th Annual Legacy Kiddies Village (LKV) festival was a weekend filled with great anticipation as winners from all five districts of the Free State came together under one roof at the Mmabana Cultural Centre to compete in the following categories: drama, dance, poetry, music and visual arts and crafts.

According to Pesa Pheko, founder of the festival, the LKV annual celebration continues to set itself apart as one of the most prolific non-profit initiatives to have ever emerged from the Free State, championing the critical space of community art development and doing more where less has been done in the creative arts space.

“It is with the greatest amount of gratitude that we would like to thank the National Lotteries Commission for trusting us as LKV to run this year-long program and making it possible for us to host this noble initiative,” said Pheko.

Pesa Pheko with one of the young contestants

According to him it is a historic reality that most black townships were not designed to inspire arts, cultural and heritage development, and Botshabelo is no exception.

“It is these harsh realities that lead to the formation of the LKV program, which is housed at the Botshabelo Arts, Culture and Heritage Centre (Bach). Botshabelo is the largest township in the Free State and probably the 2nd or 3rd largest township in the country but sadly it is among the top 5 South African townships with the highest rate of unemployment, crime, gangsterism, and teenage pregnancies.

“With so much talent and potential that is not given an opportunity to be shown to the larger and broader audience, the need for a community arts centre is on a high demand,” said Pheko.

He is of the opinion that the Free State is well-endowed with artistic creativity and talent that has shown itself through major provincial platforms such as Pacofs and Macufe.

“The province has in the past contributed its share to the mainstream theatre, television and film industries in the country through notable names, some of whom have become household names in the country,” concluded Pheko.

Lebakeng Nkabi