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BAT CENTRE YOUTH DAY (article first published : 2008-06-14)

The Youth Day celebrations mark an annual event that seeks to entertain and empower the South African youth through the arts. Themed Youth 4 Unity, it will runs over three days where the aim is to raise funds for the victims of xenophobic attacks and encourage solidarity within the wider community. The income made from ticket sales on Saturday and Sunday will be donated to the Red Cross.

In keeping with the BAT Centre’s identity as a melting-pot for various races, cultures and arts the youth events will feature a range of educational, artistic and sporting events. The Hardcore Kids 4 Unity concert will kickoff the celebrations on June 14. This alternative rock concert will feature four popular local bands namely, City of Gates, Colin Grove, Go!Go! Bronco and We Stole Snowy. The show will take place at the BAT Centre’s Sipho Gumede Hall, beginning at 19h00. Tickets R40 at the door.

On the June 15, there will be a day-time programme dedicated to the youth and the urban street cultures. Running from 10h00 to 17h00, there will be a fleamarket with a braai, clothing, books, video games alongside BMX and skate boarding ramps. Spinning the turn-tables will be well- known hip-hop practitioners who have helped develop the local culture Hip Hop deejaying such as P-Kutta, Karabo, Andre and Rawkid. A tight delegation of emcee-lyricists will be “rocking the mic” with a selection of their dopest rhymes.

The musical street culture mix will lace the atmosphere with a funky overtone that will be highlighted by a basket ball match of Youth Playing 4 Peace. This will be a three on three team challenge where players who support culture-tolerance and diversity will participate. In the midst of all the activity there will be a live graffiti wall space honouring youth and unity by giving the public a chance to write a message on the BAT wall. The Break-dancers or B-Boys will add the dance element to the festivities while a team of Capoeira experts demonstrate their martial-arts dance.

The R50 ticket purchased for the day programme will also be eligible for the Live Band Bash on the same Sunday evening from 19h00 to 00h00. The festivities on Monday will be free. All are welcome to this alternative music experience. The concert brings together young bands below the age of 18, who play alternative music. All the bands play in good faith and in support of the Youth 4 UnitY fund raising for xenophobia victims. The full entrance income of this concert will go to the Red Cross.

More information on 031 332 0451.




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