All of the artistic projects were brought together and presented inside the Cardboard Monument exhibition space. From the 3rd until the 6th of March all of projects were displayed at the Walter Sisulu Square.
On the 3rd of March 2011, at about 5pm, all participating artists huddled inside the Cardboard Monument. For the opening ceremony we simultaneously pulled ropes located on the inside of the Cardboard Monument, and ceremoniously lifted the doors of our new monument, exposing the adapted Freedom Charter statements to public view. The crowd, waiting for the opening speeches to begin, cheered as artists appeared inside the exhibition platform. Our opening was well attended,by Kliptown residents, art lovers and friends from Johannesburg, family members of artists, and most importantly by those who had taken part in our research process.
|Opening ceremony- speech by Bongi Dhlomo-Mautloa|
The opening speeches were given by Bongi Dhlomo-Mautloa, artist and friend of Funda and Sipho Mdanda, curator from the Freedom Park monument in Pretoria.
Also part of the opening programme was singing by Tallowah Suntsha, a talented singer, musician and friend of the project and a young group of drummers and dancers called Mnmina Tshipi, related to the former music department of Funda. Refreshments were available for the public.
The following days to come, brought a fascinating mix of scheduled events, overwhelming participation by the children of Kliptown, and surprise appearances. From Thursday until Sunday we experienced tremendous sunny weather, warm evenings and a spectacular sunset over the Kliptown squatter camp, allowing us to stay outdoors until 7pm without needing electricity. The Walter Sisulu Square, which is usually considered dangerous, especially at night, seemed a friendly and warm space, filled with music and activity.
|Games with Garabo, Thomas, Thulani, thanks to Room 13, for Sapebusi Primary participation|
|Saturday 5th March, Kliptown children's games, Thomas Moremi|
|Storytelling by Tallowah Suntsha and Zanele Ndlovu.|
|Dancing and drumming by Mnina Tsiphi|
|Roli Mhlanga, Sowetan artist, with Charles Nkosi (left) at discussion|
On Sunday the 6th of March, we were again joined by many local children, marimba drum players and, as a closing gesture, we held a discussion (with Lehlohonolo Mkhasibe, Roli Mhlanga, Charles Nkosi, and Nathan Ruphus) and certificate handing out ceremony for all participating artists.
|Nathan Ruphus, Kliptown resident, at discussion on Sunday 6th March |