Why Stellenbosch is the ideal place to unite artists throughout Africa
February was an exciting time for De Zeven Guest Lodge, as we were privileged to host a blend of Africa’s current and upcoming talent for the emPawa Africa musical masterclass competition. Among our guests were celebrated African artists Mr Eazi, DSK on the beat, Simba Tagz as well as the competitions 10 finalists.
What exactly is emPawa Africa?
emPawa Africa is an initiative created by star musician and artist Mr Eazi to help find the continent’s next global superstars. The aim is to discover emerging talented artists and provide them with resources and exposure to accelerate their success. Sunset Recording Studios, in the Banhoek Valley outside of Stellenbosch, provided the top 10 finalists with the opportunity to record their songs in a state-of-the-art recording studio and shoot their videos with a professional film crew. All this while staying in style across the road at the newly opened De Zeven Guest Lodge!
However, emPawa Africa is not the only initiative to view Stellenbosch as an art destination for upcoming artists. The Stellenbosch Triennale recently announced its first exhibition to launch in 2020.
Triennale is Italian for every third year and Biennale for every second year. These two terms are regularly used in the art world to describe large-scale international contemporary art exhibitions. The Stellenbosch Triennale will be used to showcase the very best artworks from South Africa, together with artworks from other African countries, with emphasis on new talent.
What makes the Stellenbosch Triennale special?
Artwork from Africa and the African diaspora will be showcased at The Stellenbosch Triennale, making it one of the largest exhibitions of African artwork. Furthermore, the program will also exhibit works from talented graduating artists from universities across the country and the continent.
Stellenbosch’s location makes it an artists paradise. Being only 30 km from Cape Town it is close enough to a big city hub as well as far enough to escape the pressures of a big city. Being in Stellenbosch provides the optimal balance between a relaxing environment for the artists and the visitors, while also being in close proximity to corporate partners.
Stellenbosch’s second important attribute is its state of the art facilities. The Stellenbosch University Conservatorium, Sunset Recording Studio, the Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture trust, the Sasol Art Museum and the Gallery of Stellenbosch University (GUS), are just a few of the world class studios and art centres that Stellenbosch has to offer. Whether you need a platform to create, perform or provide a little inspiration Stellenbosch has it all.
Stellenbosch’s international reputation as a hub for the arts has grown exponentially over the last few years, with the town continuing to attract Africa’s finest talents. The launch of the Triennale next year is another exciting step in enhancing Stellenbosch’s status as an exceptional centre for international arts, uniting art throughout Africa.
Consider yourself a lover of the arts or just an avid supporter of local African talent? A visit to Stellenbosch in 2020 is a must.
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