This year marks 30 years since a festival titled Towards the People’s Culture was banned in 1986.

This festival was meant to gather Africa’s most prominent artists as a response to the injustices of apartheid and to firmly root the arts as a tool for pursuing social justice.

The Cornerstone Institute in Salt River will commemorate that banning on Saturday 10 December, through a series of events that include a market, musical performances, live installations and a symbolic lantern procession through the streets of Salt River.

Noel Daniel’s, CEO at Cornerstone Institute said: ‘Our celebration on the 10 December will bring together all generations across the spectrum of cultural workers, media activists, innovators, struggle icons, artists and patrons, young and old, under the rallying call: Aluta Continua!

Marking the ’86 Arts Festival will feature performances by acclaimed Cape Town songstress Tina Schouw reflecting on her times in the 80’s. Another iconic 80’s band Raakwys featuring Valmont Layne, Andre Sampie and Aki Khan will also perform songs that look back at how far we’ve come on the road to freedom. Mthwakazi will honour the sense of ceremony with her mesmerizing and haunting hybridized style of music which is a crossover between Xhosa Indigenous Bow music and Opera. Sylvestre Kabassidi will close the night with sounds from his native Ponte Noire/Congo Brazaville.

This event starts at 16h00 at the Cornerstone Main Campus, 127 Cecil Road in Salt River. Entrance is free.

The full programme is as follows:

  •  16:00 Market opens
  •  17:00 Performance by Tina Schouw
  •  18:00 Raakwys
  •  19:30 People’s Education participatory liberation songs intervention
  •  20:00 Lantern procession through Salt River (lanterns available for
    purchase at the Market)
  •  20:15 Performance by Mthwakazi
  •  21:00 Performance by Sylvestre Kabassidi

Parking is available at 121 Cecil Road, Salt River for R10.

General Enquiries: Hylton Bergh, 0214480050 or