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Thokoza welcomes annual Youth Photo Fest

The Photo Fest presents a selection of photographic narratives developed by young photographers from Thokoza. This year’s festival programme will also include talks, panel discussions with renowned and emerging photographers as well as other creatives. It will also welcome musicians, performers and an arts and craft market. 

Thokoza Youth Photo Photography Festival students Johannesburg

New photographic works under the theme “Khumalo Street, post 1994” will also form part of the exhibition. During the 1990’s this notorious street in Thokoza was a no-go area due to the political violence that claimed lives and displaced many families. The works created by the Of Soul and Joy students seek to reflect on and capture a Khumalo Street that is free from political violence but at the same time interrogate its current state. Additional works to be showcased include a collection of images from the Place of Peace 2018 exhibition with works by 2012 Alumni, Tshepiso Mazibuko, Lindokuhle Sobekwa and Sibusiso Bheka.

Festival Details:
Saturday 14 September 2019 from 12:00 – 18:00
Buhlebuzile Secondary School – 10672 Morubisi Street, Thokoza, 1426

Free Shuttle Service:
Johannesburg CBD – Shuttles will be leaving from the Market Photo Workshop at 138 Lillian Ngoyi St (old Bree St), Newtown to Thokoza from 12:00 throughout the day
Soweto – Shuttles will be leaving from 558a Lenkoe Street, Phiri, Soweto to Thokoza from 12:00 throughout the day

Of Soul and Joy (OSJ) is a social and artistic initiative undertaken in 2012 by Rubis Mécénat and Easigas in Thokoza, Johannesburg. The project is open to grade 9–12 students at Buhlebuzile Secondary as well as out-of-school youth in Johannesburg. OSJ’s goal is to develop artistic skills in the field of photography among the youth by providing an understanding of photography as a means of expression. It also engages and collaborates with the artistic community locally, regionally and abroad. Each year the most promising students are awarded a scholarship to pursue their studies in photography at university of their choice in Johannesburg. To date, 34 scholarships have been awarded and a number of our students are recipients of local-international accolades and artistic grants. Most recently, our 2018 Alumnus, Thembikosi Hlatshwayo was selected as a one of the 2019 Contemporary African photography Prize (CAP) winners, while founding student Lindokuhle Sobekwa was announced as a 2018 Magnum photos nominee.  

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