Visiting South Africa has not become this good. The Townships have become the new city of marvel and the arts have made it this way. So, long gone are the days of township safaris from busses with binoculars. These are the days of working together, the days of talking and walking the same road together.
Let us start with our first Township, KwaLanga, the oldest Township in South Africa. Named after a great revolutionary man Chief Langalibalele who opposed the colonialist from strength to strength. His capture did not end his legacy but canonized him so that we can celebrate him through this township for many more years to come.
When you visit our township you meet our friendly creative arts guide who will take you on your first unforgettable journey of one of South Africa’s township gems. You will experience a scenic walk in the neighborhood, while seeing extra-ordinary street art done by artists from around the world. These artists, like our organisation, believe in re-creating the township from once a place known of poverty, to a place known for its happiness, heroes and families.
Our creative arts guide will lead you away to another piece of amazing architecture built by the City of Cape Town as a central space for the community of kwaLanga. This space is a home to a plethora of artists coming to create, explore and flourish.
Our creative arts guide now leads you on a historical journey, where you will be part of the history, so that you understand, as you walk the streets of KwaLanga, how and why it all came to be. See and read the mosaic book carved into stones by the sidewalks. Enter the local museum; let the images tell the story for themselves. Wonder no more of where the people come from.
Now our creative arts guide leads you on to the climax of our journey, to the inside of our gallery homes which this whole tour is about: The creation of new spaces in the township. The founder, Siphiwe Ngwenya, when he realized the situation of a lack of spaces to exhibit artists in a suitable and respectable way, decided that enough was enough. He spoke and started educating home owners about the importance of turning their own homes into art galleries.
You can purchase any of the artworks that you see from each of the gallery homes. There is a card machine to ease the trouble of carrying cash with you.
A full day experience includes interactive arts and music workshops, which are great for the family or groups. These workshops range from drumming workshops and working closely with visual artists to create artwork.
You are now part of this community and this community a part of you. You have now joined our journey of turning Townships into Towns.