On Monday, 5th December, Buskaid will be performing at the Melrose Arch Cinema Alfresco, from 17:30 to 18:30 prior to the screening of Mandela, Long Walk To Freedom – on The Square at Melrose Arch.
To honour the memory and the passing of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Buskaid will be performing a selection of songs to inspire the spirit of peace and Ubuntu.
This performance will be followed by the flighting of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom on the giant screen on The Square.
Bring blankets or lawn chairs and cushions. Buy dinner, snacks and drinks before or during the show from the precinct restaurants.
The scheduled programme will be cancelled if there is a thunderstorm. Check our Facebook page for cancellations between 17:00 – 18:00.
The Buskaid Soweto String Project was established by British viola player Rosemary Nalden in January 1997 in response to requests from the local Diepkloof community. Initially the fledgling project consisted of fifteen members of the original Diepkloof Project and a few new beginners. Since then it has grown exponentially, and currently comprises approximately 115 students ranging in age from six to thirty-four, all of whom are drawn from the less privileged local community. Sadly however many hundreds of children have been turned away since Buskaid’s inception, owing to lack of resources. Buskaid is a charitable trust registered in both South Africa and the United Kingdom.
Mandela, Long Walk To Freedom follows the remarkable life of South African revolutionary, president and world icon Nelson Mandela (Idris Elba) takes center stage. Though he had humble beginnings as a herd boy in a rural village, Mandela became involved in the anti-apartheid movement and co-founded the African National Congress Youth League. His activities eventually led to his imprisonment on Robben Island from 1964 to 1990. In 1994, Mandela became the first president of democratic South Africa.