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AMASIKO (article first published : 2000-06-28)

The city of Durban will be abuzz with activities during the XIII International Aids Conference when the Amasiko cultural programme kicks off in July. Delegates and the general public will be welcomed to various performances and exhibitions that enhance the conference theme, Break the Silence.

Festivals planned include art and film festivals, choral choirs, jazz music and interfaith celebrations. Children's art work will be on display and the City Hall will be wrapped in a big red ribbon as a sign of solidarity. The visual arts will be extensive in colour and portray the diverse cultures and social values that will be a reflection of the 10,000 local and international delegates in the city.

Venues booked include the BAT Centre, Durban Art Gallery, University of Natal, Jazz Centre, Playhouse, NSA Gallery, African Art Centre and Alliance Franšaise. The performances and the visual exhibitions are aimed at being edu-drama and edu-tainment. The Amasiko programme forms part of the community programme of the XIII International AIDS Conference which runs from July 9 to 14.

Watch this page for daily events nearer the date of the conference.




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