What a night!
A record crowd in spite of the wet weather. Fantastic Jazz music (WOW!), Amazing Tabla Drumming - and even an improptu jam session (Tabla and Jazz). Live Graffiti painting, Live Tag-Painting. And a fantastic array of art enjoyed by everyone. It was so incredibly gratifying to see art in all it's forms bring a large crowd of all ages together for an evening of "a celebration of creativity".
A huge thanks to Raymond Perrier (Master of Ceremonies). Raymond also reminded us of the importance of supporting local art, craft and design; and encouraged us all to be more mindful when purchasing fashion, jewellery, art, craft and design to ensure we are truely supporting home-grown artisans, artists and crafters.
In my own short speech I focused on the core purpose of Intellectual Property; and that is giving artists and crafters a platform to expose their work to the public and, hopefully, giving them a helping hand in becoming self-sustaining.
Thema Ndzimandze, our youngest artist, was invited to say a few words about how Intellectual Property gives her an opportunity to develop her art further and especially consider art as a viable path for future success.
US Consul General Sherry Sykes, spoke about how the art, craft and design sector in South Africa contributes more annually to our national GDP than agriculture, and that this is not a widely advertised fact and underscores the importance of events like Intellectual Property in exposing art and artists to the public.
Our guest of honour from the National Arts Council Julie Diphofa, enjoyed a walk-about with me where she got to meet-and-greet the artsts.
Thanks also to DJ Ando for ensuring a smooth flow and spinning some awesome tunes.
The Block Project was a centrepiece and drew major interest from the crowd. We are planning on expanding this project for next year.
And finally, a very BIG thanks to all the artists, pop-up shops and the Umcebo crew for making this year the best Intellectual Property Exhibition yet.
Umcebo Crew (setup):
- Ujala Sewpersad
- Ian Gorden Reed
- Peter John Hattingh
- Samuel Gwezva
- Thema Ndzimandze
- Emmanuel Mavura
- Also thanks to Mike McFadyean for all the behind the scenes work on graphics, web site, photos, Block Project etc..
We are already talking about next year. Onward and upward...!