CLIQUE CONCEPT IS HERE TO STAY.
1. You’re doing community work in Sharpeville, tell us about how you started and what you’re hoping to achieve?
Being born in Sharpeville, we felt that the area is not profiled enough to share positive initiatives to the world, we only talk about Sharpeville in March. We also acknowledged the artistic talent we have in Sharpeville that goes unnoticed. We have a Sharpeville Human Rights Precinct, which should be used as a space where we celebrate the rich history of our area and also to educate the world about it, but truth be told; it is just a white elephant which only in March becomes active. We felt a need to reintroduce it to our community as a place to nurture local talent.
We would like to see Sharpeville transform into a creative community, a place where creative workers and clusters create, produce, sell and showcase their work. These initiatives shall ultimately become a primary draw of tourists and contribute to the sustainability and stability of our community.
2. Who funds your vision and what has been your process of applying for funding?
When we started hosting the Sharpeville Arts and Craft Market last year, we did not have funding as it was a collaborative effort among local artists and businesses. The Provincial dept of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation then assisted with available in-house resources and we had local artists who supported us at no cost. We continue to seek funding especially to pay for local artists and we still very hopeful that one day, we will get funding. The Gauteng Tourism supported the iniative in kind by promoting it and we hope that in future they will invest in it. Funding for these kind of initiatives is a process that we know one day we will get right. Artists should ensure to register their companies and ensure that they meet all requirements by funders.
3. What should outsiders expect from your events?
They should expect a unique, personalised interactions and fun experience.
4. You’ve chosen Sharpeville as your main location to host events in, why this township?
Sharpeville has a strong history and we felt that it should be one of the top tourist destinations, providing such activities will bring tourists to the area, uplifting the GDP of Sedibeng District and develop entrepreneurs to become independent and self-sustaining. One of our values is to make Sharpeville as an artist's oasis and destination and to convert Sharpeville into a collaborative hub of culture, business and lifestyle that entices curiosity, encourages exploration and promotes a sense of urban togetherness. We want Sharpeville to claim its rightful place within the struggle route, assist in the development of Sharpeville’s Heritage sites whilst creating a tourism route for both the community and visitors.
5. How can vendors become a part of your events and if they don’t have permits, how can they acquire those permits?
Sharpeville Art and Craft Market is a hub for over 30 crafters, fashion designers and performing artists. The process of acquiring a stall is, an advert is placed on our Facebook page and invitations are send out to our Arts organisations. We create application forms for stalls, once received; we screen the product so that we don’t duplicate (Products). All our stalls are free of charge. Vendors get notification though Whatsapp, Emails or Sms.
6. Business opportunities, entrepreneurial success stories and creative endeavors are emerging from townships every day. How do you contribute to this growth?
With what has been created so far, we do collaborations with other existing and emerging township businesses, for instance, we collaborate with Ola Supermarket Sunday Sessions in Bophelong, we have also collaborated with Vaal Sunday Market in Sebokeng. By so doing, we make the SharpevilleArts&CraftMarket brand grow.
7. What would you like Sharpeville to be in the near future?
A tourist destination like other townships, a collaborative hub of culture, business and lifestyle that entices curiosity, encourages exploration and promotes a sense of urban togetherness.