Local Arts Festival aims to connect

Local creatives joined hands for the for the “Your local arts festival” from left to right are Amy Aldeia, Carmen Mockie, Belinda Janeke, Angelo Mockie, Wayne Louw, Algey Louw, Belinda van Zwijndrecht

Bloemfontein residents can prepare themselves for a brand-new festival that aims to connect local artists with the local audience and will be presented by two local artists who are known for their love for the arts.

Angelo Mockie came up with the concept during lockdown and approached Gallery House, owned by Belinda van Zwijndrecht, and these two artists will now join hands. According to Mockie, the name “Your Local Arts Festival”, gives people direct and indirect ownership. “It is hard to talk about the name without eventually feeling part of it.

It was a very intentional decision as we want the city to become part of this,” said Mockie. The Local Arts Festival will be run and administrated by various artists and will kick off on 18 December 2020, continuing till 20 December 2020 at Gallery House, situated at 6 General Dan Pienaar Drive.

Some of Bloemfontein’s finest performing and visual artists will be showcasing their work at the festival. With the country still encapsulated by the current pandemic, Mockie said all protocols are in place for the festival and the venue will only seat 20 people per show.

“As artists we value life and seek only to bring joy. We have therefore ensured that we stick to all protocols. Regulatory forms will also be included, which includes temperature screening and sanitising.”

For more information, visit www.angelomockieprod.com

Pierce van Heerden