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It is International Year of the Youth, prompting the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation to host a festival celebrating all things young. Non-racialism is at its core.
INTERNATIONAL Year of the Youth will be celebrated by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, which will host an inaugural youth festival in Lenasia, southern Joburg.

Youth FestivalThe festival, sponsored by the City of Johannesburg, will reflect the core values of the foundation, namely deepening non-racialism and nation building, and will be held on Human Rights Day weekend, from 18 to 21 March.

“Youth and youth structures from all over Johannesburg are invited to participate in the various activities, aimed at deepening non-racialism and nation building, pursuing human rights and celebrating youth,” says Neeshan Balton, the administrator of the foundation.

Activities over the long weekend will include a festival launch and a movie, which will showcase the ideals of non-racialism and nation building; a sports tournament, and a development and learning exercise using a philosophy of play fair in which participants will play after having signed a pledge of non-racialism.

“It is our hope to see teams play in the richness of our South African diversity,” says Balton.

There will be an arts programme including dance, poetry and image theatre workshops that will help to inspire and motivate the youth on non-racialism and nation building; talk workshops and seminars including discussions and dialogue on non-racialism; and dance, poetry and spoken word workshops.

Seminar topics will relate to skills and leadership development, youth entrepreneurship and climate change that will help to set up an equitable and just society.

A Youth Information Village will feature youth related development projects and initiatives; it will be followed by a night of dance, celebrating youth through music and the arts. The programme is:

Festival launch in collaboration with the Heartlines movie Heartville, at the Patidar Hall on 18 March from 7.30pm to 10.30pm;
Sports tournament involving soccer, volleyball, chess and Youth Information Village at the Prakash Napier and Yusuf Akhalwaya Sports Grounds in Extension 3 on 19 March from 8am to 5pm;
Dance, spoken word and image theatre workshops at the Recreation Centre on 19 March from 10am to 12pm and from 2pm to 4pm;
Celebrating Youth night of dance on 19 March at the Extension 3 Recreation Centre from 8pm till late;
Celebrating young artists at the Patidar Hall on 20 March from 7pm to 10pm; and lastly
Leadership for Change at Lenasia Secondary School on 21 March from 9am to 2pm.
For more information, contact the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation ( on 011 854 0082 or email

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