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BANNERS OF TWILIGHT (article first published : 1999-05-11)

The twilight (street) children are forming their own quiet revolution through colour and the Ipopeng (`build yourself’ in Northern-Sotho) is an arts and crafts organisation based in Mamelodi township, Pretoria, which is striving to give these youngsters a better life.

Workshops over the past five years have focused on special art projects for children from mainly disadvantaged backgrounds and one of Ipopeng’s ongoing art projects is the making of wall hangings or banners with street children from central Pretoria, Sunnyside, Mabopane and Mamelodi townships.

An exhibition of these wall hangings titled Banners of Twilight has travelled to Zimbabwe and further afield to Europe. Several wall hangings were exhibited during the Vita Craft Now competition at the Durban Art Gallery.

The Ipopeng spirit returns to the Durban Art Gallery on June 23 when Banners of Twilight opens in the Foyer Gallery to run until the end of July. The Durban Art Gallery is situated on the 2nd floor of the Durban City Hall (entrance in Smith Street opposite the Playhouse).


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