How it started…
The cycle began last summer, in the sunny morning of Saturday the 28th of March, when the first Let’s Play Outside Workshop themed Creative alternative on Visual art was held at the LiveMag space in Johannesburg bustling creative hub, Braamfontein. Hosted by Kabelo Fratpaker Moremi, this first workshop counted with contributions from information architect Success Maake, and illustrator, graphic and textile designer, Lazi Greiispaces Mathebula.
Moving ahead full-steam, on the 9th of May, we saw the workshop display its might again in its second installment themed Creative Alternative on Streetwear and Retail. This time, hosted by Sifiso Gcabashe, the quasi Three-hour event, boasted an experienced panel comprising the founders of some of Johannesburg most successful street-wear brands, namely:
- Wandile Zondo of Thesis Lifestyle
- Jamal Nxedlana of clothing brand Misshape
- Khaya Sibiya & Bianca Miles of Punk & Ivy…
little did we know, this was to be one of the coolest talks on the streets.
…How it evolved
After the Creative Alternatives on Visual Art, and Streetwear and retail. The workshop gained traction and the attendance reached an all-time high. It then returned in the cold morning of June 6 with the theme Creative Alternative to Music where Osmic Monoe, Mizi Mtshali and avant-garde rapper Okmalumkoolkat shared a wealth of knowledge to a more diverse audience _ an audibly more mature voice had begun to emerge.
The gathering got more exciting when Lemogang Nova Masango, Lee Molefi, Director Kit, and Nolwazi Tusini set the audience awash with awe as they discussed the Creative Alternative to Storytelling and Film on the 4th of July. Around this time the workshop had garnered support from across the social sphere, and had by then organically outgrown its initial target audience (high school students and tertiary school freshmen). It had moved on to cater for the young and the young at heart alike.
It was also around this time that one of the screenings of the Lets Play Outside advert took place.
…How it ended
Finally, the cycle reached its peak influence this past Saturday, 8th of August when the fifth and final workshop for the season occurred in the frenzy Braamfontein. This time, the speaking panel comprised Television presenter and all-round entrepreneur Siyabonga Scoop Ngwekazi, Wits University EFF Chairperson Vuyani Pambo, Beyond the Lemonade Stand founder Thokoza Mjo, After School Art Project pioneer Nthabiseng Letsotso, and Trackside creative Mambile Mageza.
In contrast to the first four workshops, the final Lets Play Outside attempted to evaluate the viability of Creative Alternatives. The panel vehemently supported that “Nothing is not viable”, also that, “One never runs out of creative ideas when the objective is genuine” .
Now it’s your turn to be heard
After having explored the creative alternative through dialogue. Now it is your turn to get involved!
You can get involved by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org your suggestions of how to put in practice the ideas that were discussed at the workshops.
…Check out the video below before grabbing a coffee