The Nelisa Mzimela Legacy Foundation will be hosting it 7th INK Arts Festival from 21 – 24 September 2018 in and around Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu Townships in Durban. INK Arts Festival is an arts, culture and tourism development project, founded six years ago by Nelisa Mzimela. The primary objective and goal of #INKAF is to create platforms and opportunities for community-based, aspirant and emerging artists, creatives, social entrepreneurs to access information, showcase their talents, network with professionals from the Creative Industries and to forge local and cross-border collaborations with an aim to create economic opportunities.

INK Arts Festival is not only open to artists and creatives from INK Townships, but the whole of South Africa and the world. This year will showcase over 50 emerging musicians, six theatre productions and as well as film screenings and fashion and visual arts exhibitions. Education and Development is the heart of this festival; this year the festival will run Capacity Building Workshops to give information and capacitate community based artists.

The Mzimela Foundation in partnership with EThekwini Municipality: Arts and Living Cultures |Parks, Recreation and Culture Unit, will be hosting a series of monthly events in and around INK. Local Artists, creatives and the general community are all invited to take part in these events, in support of arts, culture and tourism development in the community. The primary objective of these activations is to engage with artists and other relevant stakeholders about the vision of the festival, address key concerns from artists and to educate emerging artists and creatives about the industry.

With the support from our partners, EThekwini Municipality: Arts and Living Cultures Unit, INK Area Based Management, KZN Performing Arts Trust and others the project is able to create freelance  and part-time job opportunities for young people from the area. This year we are happy to announce that we have been able to offer an Arts Administration Internship position to one local artists / poet, Mlondi Ngcobo. Mlondi is poet, aspiring model and photographer from Ntuzuma, he joined the team at the beginning February 2018 as the Arts Administration Intern, under the mentorship and guidance of Festival Founder and Director, Nelisa Mzimela.

“Funding and sponsorship still remains a major challenge for INK Arts Festival, and every year we battle to get the right amount of support for this project, hence we wish to appeal to both the public and private sectors to consider supporting projects such as ours, for the sake of nation-building, social cohesion and creation of economic opportunities for our youth,” says Nelisa Mzimela.

Dates and Venues for the Build-Up Activation Programme are as follows:

  • Friday, 02 March 2018 @ Ntuzuma F Hall

9am – 3pm

  • Saturday, 24 March 2018 @ Bester Hall

9am – 3pm

  • Saturday, 21 April 2018 @ KwaMashu G Hall

9am – 3pm

  • Saturday, 12 May 2018 @ KwaMashu L Hall

9am – 3pm

  • Saturday, 26 May @ Ntuzuma A Hall

9am – 3pm

 For More information contact us:

Activations Programme Intern: Mlondi Ngcobo on 074 882 9839

Programme Coordinator:   Motaung Koalane on 060 439 3518


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