After seeing the immense impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on artists, local dance crew, House of Dirty Shakers, has come up with the initiative “The show must go on” by selling locally made face masks to help other artists put food on the table.
Zane Muller, together with his crew, came up with the idea when they were applying for Covid-19 relief funds. They thought to themselves, “what about the other artists who are not registered or do not have a registered business?
“So we partnered up with some of our local businesses in Heidedal to see how we could take hands and help,” he said.
The funds will go towards artists and performers – whether it be in poetry, dance, music and fashion – as well as the public through the various segments of the project. Muller said the project is not restricted to just Bloemfontein artists as they are trying to help as many possible artists across the Free State province during these trying times as they can.
The celebrated dance crew decided to venture into the “face mask industry” as it is a big market at the moment and also contributes to help keeping communities safe. The funds from buying a mask from them will contribute towards to the support of an artist or performer.
Muller added, “Should an artist want to participate or interlink, they are more than welcome to do so. Together we can make a difference. As artists no one is coming to save us. We need to take hands and save ourselves.”
The face masks cost R80 for adults and R60 for kiddies and are handmade, embroidered, reusable and easy breathe masks. To help support a struggling local artist directly, contact Zane Muller on 084 327 4061.
Pierce van Heerden