Johannesburg’s most anticipated creative festival, Constitution Hill’s Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival fired up by Nando’s, will offer a jam-packed line-up of creative immersions and experiences for its 10th anniversary. Tickets are R150 – R200 on Webtickets.
Performances by top acts DBN Gogo, Blxckie, Msaki, Mandla Spikiri, Big Zulu and Lelowhatsgood plus a host of creative workshops, immersions and experiences.
A signature event of Constitution Hill Museum and National Heritage site, the Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival was founded in 2012 to immortalise the memory of the youth who fought for their right to choose in the Soweto 1976 Uprising, affording youth of today the freedom to create.
Commemorating its 10-year anniversary, and fired up by long-term partner Nando’s, the festival runs from 25 October to 29 October 2022 at Constitution Hill. This year Basha Uhuru welcomes supporting partners SOL; BASA; Brand SA; Brand SA Global; Gauteng Tourism; Hollywood Foundation and the Gauteng Province’s Department of Economic Development
The full programme of performances, creative workshops, immersions and experiences can be found on https://bashauhuru.co.za/
Sounds of Freedom Music Festival: 29 October 2022
In true Basha style, the festival culminates on 29 October with the Sounds of Freedom Music Festival. Curated to provide space for up-and-coming artists and new talent, the music festival this year is headlined by local mega stars, DBN Gogo, Mandla Spikiri, Blxckie, Big Zulu, Msaki as well as; Lelowhatsgood, iPhupho L’ka Biko; MamThug, Kyotic, DJ Mr X, Bonj, Fif_Laaa, Bonj, DJ Zero, Thabie, Melo B Jones, DJ Walker; Mo_Niks, and AN.D.
The music festival opens at 10h00, and festivalgoers will enjoy ongoing flaming hot music showcases throughout day, starting with talent curated by Bridges For Music. The line-up includes performances from Amapiano talents Aymos and Basetana, as well as alumni from Bridges Academy, including Kallo, Frigid Armadillo (DJ) and Phodii (DJ). There will also be performances by the Nandoca Uhurus, who are part of the Nando’s internal music talent development programme. This year they will receive mentorship from Msaki and Bonga Kwana and not only perform on the main stage but attend all the music workshops and panel discussions to help nurture and develop their talents.
Feeding creativity at conference week: 25 – 28 October 2022
The Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival Creative Week is an all-encompassing creative showcase, an opportunity for creatives and aspiring creatives to come together, be inspired, showcase their talents and feed their creativity.
Each day has a particular creative focus offering masterclasses, panel discussions, workshops and dialogues. For the first time ever, people can choose to purchase tickets for each of the days or for the whole week, allowing them to select sessions more relevant to their interests.
25 October 2022: Business
26 October 2022: Design
27 October 2022: Art
28 October 2022: Music
The Nexus of Art and Technology – Design Battles and Workshops
There will be a Nando’s Hot Young Designer installation, and on 26 October, the winner of the 2022 Nando’s Hot Young Designer talent search will also be announced at Basha Uhuru. On 27 October, the professionally produced song in partnership with Flame Studios, will be officially launched by the Nandoca Uhurus.
Evening programmes are jam-packed, featuring music, local film productions, and a poetry slam showcase.
Evening conversation include:
• *&$#%UP Sessions: successful creatives share stories of professional failure. Failure is a part of any success story, but we don’t talk about it enough. This session aims to break down stigmas, and amplify the message that failure is healthy and essential to learning and growing
• Queer Representation in Media and Performance: Exploring the positive and negatives of Queer representation in media and the arts.
Creative Week Tickets are R100 on Webtickets for the week – includes attendance for all four days, or R50 per day.