YouthCAN, Kigali

“If you could have any superhero powers, what would you choose?” Rarely, if ever, is the answer peace. Except for a select few organisations, peace almost appears to not be a goal in itself but rather a by-product of other processes. The great thing about the potential of culture is also the very same thing […]

History, Experience, and the Experience of History

The 5th Annual Newcastle Township Arts Festival 2016 will launch under the theme of History, Experience and the experience of History. The annual festival occurs in Newcastle South Africa and is based on Collaborative Performance and production of (visual arts/theatre/music) through Exhibition | Discussion platforms that occur through facilitated Cultural Exchanges with national and international […]

NCN presents Newcastle Township Arts Festival 2015

The Newcastle Townships Arts Festival 2015 is being held for 3 days from Friday 23 October to Sunday 25 October at Section 4 Madadeni Township Newcastle. The Newcastle Creative Network has completed its planning of the festival artists and artworks and is ready to welcome visitors with various festival events. Opening events for the festival, […]

Finding Inspiration through Finding Context

Follow up interview with Nokubonga Mabaso. Tell me about the experience of travelling to Ireland recently. What was the highlight and what have you taken from this trip. Travelling to Ireland as part of Newcastle Arts Festival exchange was an awesome experience. The people of Northern Ireland were extremely friendly and made our stay a […]

>>Fast Forward>> Here

>>FAST FORWARD>> HERE A project by the Newcastle Creative Network with Maninzi Kwatshube This project examines the prospects and life perspectives of young people in Khayelitsha through an experimental video research project. In a series of workshops, thirty 18-23 year olds will interchangeably take on the roles of: audience, interviewee, camerapersons, crew, sound technician, and interviewer. […]

Interview with Glynn Patterson

With all the touring that we as the Newcastle Creative Network team have been engaged in of the beautiful, picturesque and richly green mountainous country of Northern Ireland, I (Dumisani Radebe) decided to capture the awesome story of the village of Ard Glass and its relation to art and the television series that is on […]

Art and Community

An interview with the NCN around art and community Why were the Art & Community project(s) initiated? The initial questions that lead to the creation and establishment of the Newcastle Creative Network was the one of who is doing what and how and for how long in Newcastle and how do we make these actions […]

Interview with Nokubonga Mabaso

In the lead up to the Newcastle Arts Festival Ireland on 14-15 August 2015, we have interviewed Nokubonga Mabaso who will be travelling with Dumisani Radebe as a representative of Newcastle Creative Network South Africa. Tell us about yourself I am a writer, poet, yoga teacher, and environmentalist and philosophy enthusiast. I am 25 years […]

Two Newcastles: Searching for a shared context

Produced by: In South Africa: Newcastle Creative Network (Silindile Nkosi, Dumisani Radebe, Nkule Mabaso and team) In Ireland: Newcastle Arts Festival (Nick Mack, Austen Biggerstaff, Maryanne Flanaghan and team) The project Two Newcastles: Searching for a Shared Context aims to stimulate the scope of visual art in the respective contexts and inspire each community through […]

Interview: Bonkosi Mhlanga

It’s a Thursday afternoon, trying to get things going. The day started out rather slow with a couple of disappointments, but finally I am with Bonkosi ‘TheeArtist’ Mhlanga. Bongani and I decide to not let the day get the best of us but rather give today our best. To capitalized on time we agree on […]

Newcastle Celebrates the Festival of uNomkhubulwane!

Posted on September 4, 2012 on by Thokozani Mhlambi “UNomkhubulwane is a gender issue”, these are the words of Mr Jabulani Mhlambi, the Head of Amajuba [Community] Education Centre, in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal. This was in the wake of the Annual Umkhosi kaNomkhubulwane (the festivity of Nomkhubulwane) which has become a regular feature in the events calendar of […]

Newcastle Arts Festival 2013

Newcastle Arts Festival 2013 7 November 2013 at 20:19 The second Newcastle Arts Festival  has taken place in the township of Madadeni, Newcastle, KwaZulu Natal on the 27th, 28th & 29th of October2013. The Newcastle Arts Festival kicked off with a jam packed energy as we were graced with an attendance and participation ofKZN Museum […]

Interview with Lindiwe Cebekhulu

NCN Visits NCA 6 August 2013 at 02:02 As we have come to be introduced, the Newcastle Creative Network is a team of artists who amongst other things travel and seek the art from all corners of the nation- given the proper resources of-course. Over the past weekend, I (Dumisani Radebe) visited a local group […]

A practice of Social work or Socially Engaged art?

A practice of Social work or Socially Engaged art? 28 April 2013 at 21:40 What does it mean when a group of artists form their own institution? Is it resistant or merely an internalization of existing institutional models? Does this mode of operating change the relationship between participants, context of display and the role of […]

Partnership: Okuhle Arts Organisation

NCN welcomes the Okuhle Arts Organisation onboard   9 February 2013 at 14:08 Embraces Wild Jam’s Garage Art Gallery Concept  Dumisani Radebe  As the year kicks off again, and our reach grows ever so profoundly, lets get back to formulating our exhilarating arts experiences throughout the community of Newcastle.  We as artists have to combine our […]

Introduction to Documentary and Film making workshop

Introduction to Documentary and film making workshop report 5 December 2012 at 15:14 Report by Phakiso Mokoena A workshop facilitated by Newcastle Creative Network in collaboration with award winning e News camera man Thuthuka  Zondi took place on the 17th  and 18th of November. The workshop which focused on the basics of camera work and […]