YOUNG people of Nelson Mandela Bay will take to the streets to celebrate Youth Day tomorrow and Safa executive member Danny Jordaan will be there to encourage them. Youth movements from around the Bay have joined forces to showcase their talent at the Youth Day Street Jam in Parliament Street, Central, event organiser Schaik Hewitt said.
“The point of the Youth Day Street Jam is to create solidarity among the youth of the city in a fun, interactive environment. We want to let people be involved in the social spectrum, and Port Elizabeth has enough entertainment to offer the youth.”
Hewitt, co-founder of independent Bay recording studio True Sight Music, said the event would start at 11am, with top city DJs performing all day. Two motivational speakers, including Jordaan, will talk about the role of youth in South Africa. Ryan Allen, a leader with the Nelson Mandela Bay Transition Movement, will focus on urban gardens.
“I want the youth to come together, because that is what the day is really about. We need to do something, besides maybe going to a political rally or sitting at home all day. Celebrating the freedom you have on that day is what the Street Jam is all about. It symbolises us concurring all together,” Hewitt said.
“Parliament Street is the ideal place to host an event like this. It is Afro-cosmopolitan, multiracial and youth-orientated – some the fruits of resistance those who rose up against the apartheid government on June 16 1976 fought to achieve.”
Other entertainment includes street theatre performances, chess games and PlayStation gaming stations.
“True Sight Music has also teamed up with Nelson Mandela Bay arts and creative youth movement the nmb city project, and local dub step DJ outfit GnL and nightclub DnE,” Hewitt said.