Port Elizabeth’s Youth Day celebrations will see Nelson Mandela Bay’s youth movements unite to showcase the city’s talent at the Youth Day Street Jam in Parliament Street, Central on 16 June from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. FIFA Local Organizing Committee chief executive, Dr Danny Jordaan will also address the youth at the event.
“The point of the Youth Day Street Jam is to create solidarity amongst the youth of the city in a fun, interactive environment,” said Schaik Hewitt, co-founder of local independent recording studio True Sight Music and the organiser behind the street jam.
“Parliament Street is the ideal place to host an event like this. It is Afrocosmopolitan, multiracial and youth orientated – some the fruits of resistance those who rose up against the apartheid government on June 16, 1976, fought to achieve.”
The Youth Day Street Jam will be based in front of the Black Concepts studio, Warren Petersen and Avon Klassen, in association with True Sight Music as hosts of the street jam.
The event starts at 11:00 am and top city DJs will perform throughout the day. There will also be two motivational addresses, one from Jordaan, who will focus on the role the youth play in South Africa at 1:30pm. The second address is by Ryan Allen, one of the leaders in the Nelson Mandela Bay Transition Movement, which aims to educate locals on how to live more sustainably. Allen will be speaking about urban gardens.
Other entertainment includes a BMX showcase and freestyling from Central Green, a youth day doodle on a large canvas, chess games, street theatre performances and Play Station three game stations.
“True Sight Music has also teamed up with Nelson Mandela Bay arts and creative youth movement, the n_mb city project, and local dub step DJ outfit GnL, and nightclub DnE to bring the youth this awesome day of celebrating being young is a city that is embracing creativity and the youth in an unseen way right now,” added Hewitt.
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