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END OF THE TRANS-ATLANTIC SLAVE ANNIVERSARY (article first published : 2007-10-16)

The prestigious and international award-winning organisation, Art for Humanity (AFH), offers an invitation to attend a gala fundraising dinner to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the end of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the 59th Anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These two events will be appropriately commemorated on International Human Rights Day on December 10.

By attending and supporting this event, people can publicly demonstrate their commitment and support for the advancement of human rights and democracy, an important aspect to any Corporate Social Investment strategy.

The evening will include a presentation of the first Art for Humanity Human Rights Award to the City of Nantes, France for its promotion of human rights, through the establishment of the World Forum for Human Rights and the Permanent Secretariat for Human Rights and Local Government. Nantes is a sister city to Durban

An auction will be held including the last remaining and spectacular Break the Silence HIV/AIDS fine arts print portfolio, no. 13/25, created by artists and poets from the South African and international community, as a means to raise awareness on the disease and de-stigmatise people living with the HIV/AIDS. Also to be auctioned is a unique especially-designed piece of women’s fashion by the renowned couturier, Vino, who gained the inspiration for her design from slavery and freedom from all kinds of oppression. The third item will be the painting by Lou Almond, Laughter Remembered, the proceeds of which will go to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town.

There will also be a presentation by Shackles of Memory, an organisation based in Nantes, France, dedicated to history and legacy of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and an exhibition of work selected from Art for Humanity’s fine art portfolios.

Fine food, wine, poetry presentations and a live band will ensure a memorable evening.

Confirmation of attendance at this worthy event can be made by making a tax-deductible donation of R400 pp attending or making a donation of R3, 500 for an entire table (10 seats per table).

Art for Humanity portfolios, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – International Print Portfolio, and Women for Children will be available for a minimum donation of R40,000 each (again, donations are tax deductible). The above award-winning limited edition fine art portfolios represent a significant contribution to any corporate collection and has already been acquired by the United Nations in Geneva, the National Gallery in Cape Town, Parliament Buildings in Cape Town, the Museum of Modern Art, Edinburgh and others.

Those wishing to support this project are encouraged to place their order for a portfolio before or during the gala event as the remaining portfolios will be available for a minimum donation of R50, 000 after the event. The portfolios can be viewed at www.afh.org.za and appointments can be made with AFH for a preview of the portfolios.

All donations made by the public will be acknowledged by Art for Humanity on its website and on project and public documents. Donors will be able to submit returns for tax benefit purposes. In addition, donations for acquiring the fine art and seats/table booked and paid for on or before November 23 will be acknowledged formally in guests’ packages, which will be provided on December 10. Those attending are also encouraged to bid during the three auctions on the night.

Art for Humanity, previously Artists for Human Rights was established in 1988 and mobilizes artists in the advancement of creativity, freedom of expression, human rights and democracy in order to contribute towards our cultural heritage and future sustainable development.

The Gala Dinner venue for the 200th Anniversary of End of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and 59th Anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights takes place at the Elangeni Hotel on December 10 at 19h00 for 19h30.

Further information or reservation forms from Fern or Lungile on 031 373 6610 or 084 526 4559.




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