Wave your rainbow flag by joining the annual Phefumla Festival!

Phefumla Queer Collective, in partnership with Amandla Development and Triangle Project, presents the first annual Phefumla Festival. The festival will amplify the visibility of lived experiences of queer youth in their communities through artistic expressions of dance, music, visual installations and theatre.

The themes of this year’s festival are promoting mental well-being, tackling sexual and gender-based violence and the bullying of queer learners. The festival is unique in that it was developed by learners for learners and about learners. Community members, parents, educators and peers will also participate in the festival.

Entrance fees are R50 and group bookings can be made for those wishing to spend the day.

Participating learners come from different areas of the township including Khayelitsha, Makhaya, Makhaza, Site B, Site C, Kuyasa, Mfuleni, Crossroads, Nyanga, Eerste River, Southfield, Lower Crossroads, Philliphi, Samora and Stellenbosch.

From Friday July 8 to Saturday July 9, 2022 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Philippi Village in Philippi, queer youth will use artistic expressions to illustrate the themes of the festival.

On Friday July 8, the festival begins at noon with an art procession starting from the village of Philippes through the streets, sales stalls and taxi ranks ending at the Philippi shopping center. The procession includes an art installation that takes place as part of the artistic parade.

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At the Philippi Mall, there will be brief performances and the distribution of materials containing mental wellness and educational messages to educate the community about SOGIESC (sexual orientation, gender identity, sex expression and characteristics) and issues of discrimination against LGBTIAQ+.

On Saturday, July 9, the festival begins at noon at Philippi Village with a showcase of theatre, dance and music performances, conversations, exhibitions and screenings.

The learner-led festival will reach out to the whole community affected by the challenges young people face and are afraid to talk about. The theme of mental well-being is particularly important with the increase in the number of young people who commit suicide as a result of everyday trauma.

Phefumla’s mission is to create platforms that allow learners to explore and embrace creativity by working to unite learners, allies, parents and the LGBQTIA+ community to challenge the perpetual hatred and trauma young people endure. .

For more information, contact Luvuyo Kakaza on 060 960 8935.

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