Creative mavens heading to Ireland

Nokubonga Mabaso and Dumisani Radebe at the Newcastle Arts Festival in Ireland, representing Newcastle Creative Network.

Two members of the Newcastle Creative Network are going beyond borders.

Nokubonga Mabaso and Dumisani Radebe representing the network, attended the Newcastle Arts Festival in Ireland last week.

Ms Mabaso was interviewed shortly before her departure.

She described herself as a writer, yoga teacher, environmentalist and philosophy enthusiast.

The 25-year-old is a born and bred Newcastillian.

“I completed my higher education at the University of Cape Town, majoring in Economics, Politics and Philosophy.”

Ms Mabaso is an advocate for development, artistically, in communities and of self, and enjoys reading, yoga, being in nature, learning, being challenged and dealing with new and different ideas.

Her journey with art has been literary in nature.

“I began reading books when I was about four or five years old. These books taught me a lot about arts and creativity.”

Remembering her first art history project in primary school, Ms Mabaso explained she began researching Michelangelo and took inspiration from not only the quality of his artworks, but the dedication, excellence and commitment he displayed.

“Art really is an expression of the inner man, which we all have within us. The medium and message may differ, but art really is inspirational.”

Asked what her artistic expression was, Ms Mabaso explained she was a writer and poet, lending her hand and heart to individual and community development.

She is passionate about exploring alternative means of self-expression, exploration and living.

“I am all about holistic, creative development and I work to showcase alternative ideas and ideals through speech, motion and literature.”

She said her involvement with the Newcastle Creative Network was a rewarding experience.

“The nature of my involvement has been that of supporting artistic vision and development of the network through collaboration, research and procurement. Helping to develop the community through creative endeavours, by direct engagement with youth in townships, has been a very rewarding experience for me.”

She was admittedly looking forward to the Art Festival, bearing a programme promising much in terms of the diversity of artists and their works.

Ms Mabaso assisted with production of the festival in the first week, assisting local artists in preparation and exploring different methods of working.

“During my second and third week after attending the festival, I will focus on engaging with artists and other stakeholders in Ireland. Scheduled workshops will provide great opportunity to cultivate the networks and relationships we have built.”

With the opportunity to share the story and vision of local artists with an international audience, Ms Mabaso will discuss meaningful ways to use ‘shared contexts to collaborate and strengthen our efforts and networks’.

The Newcastle Creative Network remained passionate about assisting young people excel and improve their communities.

“Our engagements with various stakeholders in Ireland will ensure we identify and foster opportunities, benefiting development through creative ideas and cultural innovation.”

Wrapping up, Ms Mabaso cautioned creativity was not reserved only for a select group of people, the creative component within all deserving no less than to be cherished and cultivated.

She puts stock in people remaining open-minded and open-hearted in how they view surroundings.

“I think it is also important for us to allow our passions to fuel our creativity and development. We have an opportunity to share an unique gift with the world, and we should exercise our freedom to allow us to discover our talents, follow our hearts and help others follow theirs.”

Bruce Douglas

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