Celebrate Youth Day At These Events


Youth Day holds great significance in the history of South Africa and continues to be a day of commemoration, sharing and learning. We’ve rounded up the most engaging and relevant events taking place on the day.

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Youth Day Events To Attend On The Day

Youth Day Celebrations with ‘Walking Tall’

Date: Monday, 17 June 2019 at 14:00 – 15:00

Put this long weekend to great use and indulge in everything Youth Day related, like attending the Youth Day Celebrations with ‘Walking Tall’. Celebrate Youth Day at Origins Centre. There’s more coming your way, discounted entrance all day and a physical theatre performance by the PAST’s phenomenal Walking Tall Educational Theatre Project. Through movement, the show deals with the ancient history of humankind, illustrating the story of how life and humankind developed from shared ancestors into the diverse group of beings living on earth today. Great entertainment for all ages.

French Corner Invites you to Celebrate Father’s Day & Youth Day

Date: Sunday, 16 June 2019 at 12:00 – 17:00

Talk about tackling two things at once, Father’s Day falls on Youth Day this year. French Corner invites you to celebrate Father’s Day and Youth Day. This is the perfect way to spend some time with the family, so be sure to come and spend a day with your family at the Historic Rand Club to celebrate these two amazing things. There will be a special performance by The Rocketeers. Ticket prices include a three course meal and live band, a great excuse to enjoy the best of both worlds.

Yogi Sip Young@Art Exhibition

Date: Monday, 17 June 2019 at 12:00 – 15:00

Fresh off of designing the In Memorium segment for the 25th edition of the South African Music Awards, superstar illustrator Slaying Goliath, best known for his Run The World and Davetionary series, is collaborating with Yogi Sip on a limited edition Youth Month product pack. Yogi Sip and David Slaying Goliath have curated YOUNG@ART to inspire and assist the next generation of young artists in getting some recognition for their craft. Join them as they celebrate these young artists and as Slaying Goliath picks his winner for the day. Get a ticket HERE!

2nd Annual Youth Day Art Showcase and Charity Drive

Date: Friday, 14 June 2019 at 15:00 – 24:00

This one is not happening on the actual day, but it’s happening on the 14th but still in celebration of Youth Day, which is why it’s on this list – 2nd Annual Youth Day Art Showcase and Charity Drive. Simply because this whole month should be dedicated to celebrating the youth. So, bring all your friends and family and let’s celebrate!

Sarafina The Broadway Hit Musical at Joburg Theatre

Date: Friday, 19 July 2019 – Sunday, 11 August 2019

Sarafina The Broadway Hit Musical is a moving and historically relevant production that should be seen by all South Africans. Based on the film featuring Whoopi Goldberg, the musical, directed by Dr Mbongeni Ngema, is an emotional flashback to the student uprising during apartheid. Tickets are R 110 – R 400 per person, get yours on this website. Contact 0861 670 670 for more information.

Sarafina

Visit Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum

Date: 16 June 2019 (Open from Mon – Sat, 10:00 – 17:00)

Youth Day is the perfect day to pay tribute to those who lost their lives on 16 June 1976 by visiting The Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum situated in Orlando West, Soweto. The grounds are so significant because it is the site where the young Hector Pieterson was shot and killed and many other school children were wounded after police opened fire on their protest march. Round up a group of your friends and head to the museum to spend the day learning about the significance of June 16. Contact 011 536 0611, entrance is R 30 per person.

Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum

Movies And Documentaries To Watch On The Day

Sarafina 

Without a doubt this one is a must-watch on this special day. This movie sheds light on the unfair treatment that the African youth went through. The story is about students involved in the Soweto Uprising, in opposition to the implementation of Afrikaans as the language of instruction in school. This movie will put you in your feels for sure and it never gets old because it really allows us to relate to the struggle these young people endured, giving you just a fraction of the struggles and experiences.

UPRIZE!

Sifiso Khanyile really did a great job with this documentary, putting in his heart and soul to tell this story of the 1976 Soweto Uprising as told by the student leaders who were part and parcel of the movement and struggle. This one really is eye opening because it will move you as it evokes many emotions, told through the use of archive footage, evocative music and stories coming straight from the horse’s mouth, those stories told by the former student leaders. You are able to tap into the reality that was their lives and what that experience has done to them.

Surfing Soweto

This one really had us biting our nails, watching those young men surfing trains in Soweto. Released in 2010, this film has Sara Blecher’s narrating style all over it. Carefully documenting three young men, walking us through their stories and how they became train surfers. If you’re asking what train surfing is, it is the act of dodging electrical cables while on top of trains.

Everything Must Fall

This is an unflinching look at the movement #FeesMustFall. This whole movement started when protests over the cost of education emerged, and morphed into the most militant national revolt since the country’s first democratic elections in 1994. This story is told by four student leaders at Wits University and their Vice Chancellor, Adam Habib, left-wing, former anti-apartheid student activist. So, it definitely a must-watch on the day.

Out Of This World

South Africa is one of the most unique places ever and the creative well never dries, which is the beauty of it. This documentary series sees an American rapper, performance artist and activist Mykki Blanco exploring Johannesburg and queer culture as it exists in the city at a time when queer voices are constantly being silenced. Mykki meets these amazing, talented and unique young artists and picks their brain about queer culture in the face of adversity. A great watch if you ask us!

When They See Us

And lastly but by no means least, we know it is not South African, but we can truly relate to this story one way or the other. A definite must-watch, based on a true story of the Central Park Five Boys, who were wrongfully accused of a crime they didn’t commit all because they were found at the wrong place, at the wrong time, their childhood stripped away from them from the ages of 14-16. It’s sad to watch but truly informative and very eye opening about the issues of boys of colour being arrested for crimes they didn’t commit. And you’ll be glad to know that it is now showing on Netflix. Check it out, take our word for it you’ll appreciate it, just make sure you have a full box of tissues at hand!

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