Nelson Mandela Bay will enjoy a lot of activities in celebration of heritage month. This Friday 15 September 2017 an Opera singer Sikelelwa Qwazi will sing the National Anthem at the Campanile in Norwich Central. This is one of series of planned events by The Swallows Foundation SA in partnership with Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) to celebrate this heritage month through performing arts.
The events will take place every Friday during the month of September.
One of the organisers from Swallows Foundation SA Lelethu Poetic Soul Mahambehlala said the aim is to celebrate this heritage differently.
"We want to use art as a tool to remind people of their heritage and also to draw them closer to the tourism and heritage sites in City Centre of the Bay. This is an innovative way to combine tourism and heritage," said Poeticsoul.
The chosen Public Art Spaces for this year's programme are the Donkin Reserve, The Campanile and Vuyisile Mini square. This will change as the programme continues in future.
Qwazi will harmonise with the bells as they play the national anthem. She will be dressed in a beaded tiara designed locally.
The following Friday 22 September 2017, there will be poetry and drama at the Donkin performed by Siliziwe and Olwethu Mxoli. The poetry will focus on Nelson Mandela Bay. Drama will be directed by Xolisa Ngubelanga and will be about the flag at the Donkin. On the last Friday of the month 29th September, there will be a choir directed by Bongani Tulwana rendering songs composed by Vuyisile Mini. The times for these performances at between 12:00 and 13:00 during the set Friday's.