For a long time, there’s been a stigma to South Africa’s townships but the Maboneng Township Art Experience is changing that one home at a time – through the arts. This initiative changes township homes into galleries, bringing together, empowering and inspiring communities and artists. On this site, you can learn more about the Experience and our projects.

Good day friends. On behalf of the Maboneng Township Arts Experience, we would firstly like to thank you for all your support in the last couple of years.

For the first timers: Maboneng is a SeSotho word for ‘a place of lights’, a name given to Alexandra Township situated in Johannesburg by its community after they called it ‘Dark City’ because of no electricity. Alexandra Township is where our project, the Maboneng Township Arts Experience was conceived.  

The Maboneng Township Arts Experience is a public arts intervention that works with homeowners from different townships around South Africa to create their residences into art galleries. Together with gallery-home owners, we create festivals and permanent art homes called TAGs (Township Art Galleries). We have 2 TAGs so far, one in Alexandra Township (Alex TAG) and another in Langa Township (Langa TAG).

We are exploring the wonderful new developments on our roster of events and how you can get involved. The Tuesday of the 19th of August is the first day to calendar. We are running shuttles together with JHB Art Week to our new gallery, the Soweto TAG (Township Art Gallery). The Soweto TAG consists of 5 homes around the area of Vilakazi and Moema Street. We are working with resident families to create a lucrative Arts Gallery in Soweto that can be experienced by visitors from all over. On show in this exhibition is Kenny Nkosi curated by Zanele Mashumi from Mashumi Art Projects. The available shuttles are running from 6pm - 8pm. Check out www.artweek.co.za for shuttle details. Offerings toward the homes will be R50 payable on arrival to the guide at the gallery.

The second date to note is DAY 24th of August. Our collaboration with JHB Art Week continues on to Alexandra Township where we have our Alex TAG (Township Art Gallery), another series of 5 gallery homes. This is on the last day of the FNB Joburg Art Fair. Shuttles will be leaving from the Art Fair venue too. On show at the Alex TAG (Township Art Gallery) is a group exhibition of artists from Alexandra Township. Offerings toward the homes will be R50 payable on arrival to the gallery; there will be a guide on site.  

The third date to note is the 5th – 7th September. This time, together with the 2014 Arts Alive International Festival, we are launching the Maboneng Township Arts Experience in Soweto, Orlando West, Moema Street just off Vilakazi Street. We have 10 exhibition spaces that include Next Door and The Soweto TV venue in Vilakazi Street. Mashumi Art Projects is also curating the exhibition. On the performance side we have quite a cool program that includes processions from Giant Match with their giant puppets. The event becomes more sizzling as we collaborate with the LoCrate market team to put our two events together.

Food is a critical part of our public art exhibition. Food trucks will be present as we explore the theme: 7 COLOURS, a local concept where the dish has 7 colours. We will be exploring more themes at our film screenings and our gallery homes. Tickets are R50 and the event begins at 12pm and ends at 5pm on all the days of the exhibition. Come join us with your loved ones, grab a bite at a food truck and have a drink at one of the many great places in Vilakazi Street.

On the 25th October Maboneng Township Arts Experience launches in Kayamandi Township, Stellenbosch, Western Cape. The event is part of the Kayamandi Creative District supported by SEED (Stellenbosch Enterprise and Entrepreneur Development). We will see homes being turned into galleries, innovations spaces, museums and performance history spaces. Tickets are R100.

The final date to note is the 29th - 30th November where we close of our year in Gugulethu with the Maboneng Township Arts Experience supported by the City of Cape Town. This is an annual event that began in Gugulethu in 2012. In its third year, the event promises to bring the best of street art, visual artists, and performance arts to be celebrated in the township of Gugulethu.

We are proud to be part of the mission to end poverty in townships by 2030. We will do this through the arts.



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