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08. Juni 2017

Mayibuye: 16 June - South African Youth Day

The Soweto uprising of June 16 1976 changed the socio-political landscape in South Africa. It came at a time when the apartheid regime thought it had black South Africans under its control. But then the Youth of South Africa couldn’t take it anymore. On June 16, 1976 thousands of black students in Soweto went on the streets peacefully to demonstrate and protest against the apartheid regime’s imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of teaching instruction in their schools. That day turned out to be one of the saddest days in the South African struggle for freedom and equality, for these boys and girls were brutally mowed down by the police resulting in hundreds of deaths and thousands of wounded. Mayibuye intends to commemorate and celebrate the youth of 1976 and share some of the history and experiences of the past and present through art, video installations, live performances, formal & casual talks and musical storytelling activities.

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