Grahamstown’s Slow Sunday market – A new and safe space inspired by black joy

“We are inspired by black joy and will always strive to recreate it and protect it” is the tagline for the Slow Sunday Social Market, a recently launched daytime event in Grahamstown.

The market was started earlier this year by Rhodes University students Blessings Chinganga and Siphokazi Mathe.

Photos by Zanele Shabangu

Motivations for creating this event stemmed, in some way or another, directly from aspects of the creators’ personal lives. Incidents of harassment from verbal to physical, both personal and from close friends, drove the pair to seeing the need for such a safe space for queer bodies.

Added to this, Grahamstown could also benefit from a social event that incorporates a platform for both student and local entrepreneurs to showcase their creativity, network and collaborate with one another.

Slow Sunday, which launched earlier this year, runs once a month on a Sunday and at the event you can find different food and drink specials from the different vendors as well as fashion, arts and crafts stalls.

Depending on the event, the entertainment is provided by live performers and/or some resident DJs. The vibe is jazzy, afro-pop with some alternative and hip hop elements; not only from the music but the patrons who express themselves so creatively.

Slow Sunday is back on the last Sunday of Rhodes O-Week in 2018.

photo by Zanele Shabangu

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