Basha Uhuru Festival is back this year at Con Hill

By CityLIfe Arts Writer

I am pretty sure we all know about that festival that has been taking place at Constitution Hill for some years now, and it has always attracted a cool crowd and has somehow endeared itself to fun lovers in and around Johannesburg and  from afar.

For those that are fans of this festival, they would be happy to know that it is back this year.

Tickets for Johannesburg’s probably most anticipated creative festival, the Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival fired up by Nando’s, are now on sale through WebTickets. 

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.

Sounds of Freedom

In true Basha style, the festival culminates on the 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 mega stars, Blxckie, Big Zulu, Msaki, Lelowhatsgood, and iPhupho L’ka Biko. 

Opening at 10h00, festival goers will enjoy ongoing flaming hot music showcases throughout day, with the emerging stage talent curated by Bridges For Music. The line-up includes performances from students and alumni from Bridges Academy, as well as Nandoca Uhurus who are part of the internal Nando’s music talent search programme, mentored by Msaki. 

Feeding creativity: 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. 

Offering masterclasses, panel discussions, workshops and dialogues, the creative conference has been extended to offer more people the chance to attend. For the first time ever, people can choose to purchase tickets for specific events or for each day of the festival.

The programme will include an art showcase from the 2022 Nando’s Creative Exchange visual artists, master classes and panel discussions on art, music and design topics, and a Nando’s Hot Young Designer installation. The winner of the 2022 Nando’s Hot Young Designer talent search will also be announced at Basha Uhuru creative conference. Evening programmes are jam-packed, offering the Basha Film Festival featuring local productions, a poetry slam showcase, and much more.

“For Nando’s Creativity, Basha Uhuru is one of the highlights on our calendar every year. Basha in Casa has provided a platform to make more people aware of the festival, as well as extend the exposure that the emerging artists enjoy. We hope that this year we will see more students and education institutions coming along, as well as busy young industry professionals,” says Kirsty Niehaus, who heads up the Nando’s Creativity Portfolio.” 

“We are proud to host the 2022 Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival back at full scale after being impacted for the last two years due to the pandemic,” says Constitution Hill CEO, Dawn Robertson. “During this period Basha Uhuru gave birth to The Creative Uprising – an always-on programme, including the Creative Hub that opened in 2020. Focused on development, collaboration and upskilling creatives, the work of the hub will help to grow and support the creative economy in Gauteng.” 

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