Creative workshops for Botshabelo’s young and gifted

Photo: Cooper Siegel Community Library

Scores of young and gifted Botshabelo youth near Bloemfontein in the Free State are expected to attend the much-anticipated beginners’ creative workshop, which starts today and ends on Friday.

The Botshabelo Arts Commission coordinator, Napo Nonyane, told Bloemfontein Courant that activities on the day will include short story writing, poetry, and music composition among others. He said after much deliberation with his peers in that area they came to a conclusion that they needed to help developing creative minds in Botshabelo. “There are more artists in Botshabelo than in Bloemfontein and Thaba Nchu, but they lack the knowledge of running such workshops,” said Nonyane.

Nonyane added since the start of the project back in 2017 they have managed to empower the young and gifted with skills to form their own organisations in the hope that they will be successful and also know how to look for funding. “Up to now, about 25 people have managed to register their own companies, of which most of them are active and doing well.” He said for now they are expecting to see all those around Botshabelo who have interest in further developing their writing skills to fill the Botshabelo Library on the 21 and 25 January 2019. “We will start on 21 January and continue up to 25 January at Sechaba Mahobe Library in Section E and again on 28 January to 1 February at Botshabelo library next to the Municipality Offices. Our workshops start at 10:00 o’clock in the morning,” Nonyane said.

The registrations will be done at the venue or anyone can contact Nonyane at 062-900-2102 and for WhatsApp they can call him on 078-757-7450. He said the registration and workshops are for free. “But we all have to understand that it in this industry, especially in areas like Botshabelo, things are tough and nothing comes on a silver plate. The workshops are organised by Arts Biz with the assistance from Botshabelo Arts Council which was formed as a result of these kinds of workshops in Botshabelo.

“We are very happy to have this kind of workshop in our area. We are now exposed to many more opportunities as far as community art development programmes are concerned in Botshabelo,” Nonyane concluded. – Lucky Nkunyane