Nando’s Fires up Basha Uhuru with Talks, Films, Art, Poetry and Music

This year’s Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival celebrates their eighth year and 25 Years of Creative Freedom at Constitution Hill this weekend (26-29 June) with the likes of Nelson Makamo, Lady Skollie, Mmabatho MontshoRicky Rik, Msaki,  Langa Mavuso, Khuli Chana, Brother Moves On, Mthuda & Njelik, Dj Kent and more.

The Festival of Freedom is sponsored by Constitution Hill, The Department of Arts and Culture and Nando’s Music, Film, Art, Design, Poetry and a Creative Entrepreneur Programme, Gauteng Department Of Economic Development,Gauteng Tourism, Gauteng Film Commission, BET, Metro FM, Brand SA and the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller.

The Team Behind Basha Uhuru

The Line-Up:


Art talks, exhibitions and workshops, led by Creative Director Tracy Lee-Lynch kick off on Today and include contributions by:

Thabisa Mjo, Nkuli Mlangeni, Mpho Vackier and Thokoza Mjo who will host the “Having a positive Mindset” Workshop.

Amaya Delmas will be hosting a Stencil and Printmaking Workshop.

The Spier Arts Trust will be hosting a series of workshops and a panel discussion with Nando’s Creative Exchange artist, Sepideh Mehraban, and the Spier Arts Trust curator, Tamlin Blake. They will also be showcasing Creative Block artworks from the 2019 Creative Exchange artists, Adolf Tega, Thembalethu Manqunyay, Wonder Marthinus and Robyn Pretorius.

The Meet The Speakers talk at The Idea Bank at The Women’s Jail from 17:00 to 18:30 Today features talks from artists, creative business specialists, photographers and designers including: Thenjiwe Nkosi, Bradley Williams, Andile Buka, Kgomotso Neto, Papama Mtwisha, Luze Kloppers.

Friday’s speakers include: artists Nelson Makamo and Lady Skollie.

Expressions of Freedom exhibition opens to the public today and runs until 31 July.

I See U, Imagining a Space for Freedom exhibition at The Women’s Jail showcases a selection of fine art artworks from Spier Arts Trust which spans over 35 years and provides an insight both into our country’s past and our present – artists include Athi Patra Ruga, David Koloane and Gerard Sekoto.  

The Homing in on Freedom, an exhibition of artworks by youth (18-35yrs), at Number 4 , showcases artists selected from the Art Bank of South Africa’s Contemporary Visual Art Collection and highlights multi-layered themes of home, identity and expression that concern today’s young people. Artists showing include Lungisa Matubatuba, Qhama Maswana, Lebo Thoka, Hannah Cornelius, Zwelinjani Radebe,  Thalente Khomo, Sifiso Samuel Gumede,  Banele Khoza, Manyatsa Monyamane and Sthembiso Zwane.


The Words Of Freedom at The Women’s Jail on Friday at 18:00 is set to entertain with the likes of: Makhafula Vilakazi, Dr Sarah Godsell, Mutle Mothibe, Nomashenge Dlamini, Xabiso Vili, Busisiwe Mahlangu, Sibulelo Manamatela, Belita Andre, Masai Sepuru, Dillan Park, Prince Shapiro and Vus’umuzi Phakathi  


The film talks kick off on Friday with film makers Tebogo Malope, Zandi Tisani, Mmabatho Montsho and Nandi Dlepu, who created the Feel Good and Women In Bloom events. 

The Visions Of Freedom at Constitution Hill’s Women’s Jail on the 27th and 28th of June will show 5 brand new South African films, from romcoms to period dramas and everything in between, including Love Lives Here, Sew the Winter to my SkinAn Act of Defiance, Red Room and Into Infinity. Screenings start at 18:00 and will be followed by discussions with actors and directors.


The Finale is a music concert at 1 pm in Constituiton Square on Saturday featuring Ricky Rik, Msaki,  Langa Mavuso, Khuli Chana, Brother Moves On, Urban Village, African Rhythm Productions, Thebe, Ikati Esangweni, Mthuda & Njelik, Dj Kent, DJ Dimples, Coppashot & Bobotical, DJ Zero, Rosie Parade, Deniece Mars, Sistamatic, P Kuttah, Scott The Girl, Tha Muzik, Ace of Spades and DBN Gogo.

Creative Pitching Booster and boot camp

This initiative, a first for Basha Uhuru, is fuelled by Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP) and is designed to help young creatives with little industry exposure get their ideas off the ground by learning from industry experts. They will then have a chance to pitch their ideas, the top 5 pitches will win financial and non-financial industry support. The event is on Friday June 28th.

Makers’ Market

The Makers’ Market which opens at 10am on Saturday and will bring together the finest local food, drink, art and craft producers in the area. 

Tickets are R75 at the gate and R50 on

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