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Welcome to Boomtown, KZN’s hottest art initiative

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South Africa is not any stranger to public artwork, however current years have seen a revival of some kind. The newest spot to leap on the bandwagon is Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal with the launch of the BOOMTOWN Public Artwork Competition that passed off between 22 and 28 Might.

The theme for this 12 months’s pageant was “If that is your land, the place are your tales?”.

The masterminds behind the pageant, in addition to the continued initiative to create an inclusive area for native artists, are Jono Hornby and Jaqui Hiltermann. They personal Gallery ZAZA, and say they ‘stay and breathe public artwork and storytelling. Now we have so many plans for the way forward for public artwork and storytelling,’ says Jaqui.

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‘One of the vital essential elements of the BOOMTOWN Public Artwork Competition was to create an vitality round Hilton, and to start altering the panorama. Our thought to show Hilton right into a public artwork gallery has been overwhelmingly optimistic, and the neighborhood has been instrumental within the temper round this,’ their web site reads.

However the initiative didn’t finish with the pageant. Initiatives and actions that showcase and uplift the artists are ongoing.

Have a look: 

Artists contributing to BOOMTOWN are: 

– Siyabonga Sikosana

– Keagan Dunn

– Sarah Kelly

– Thato Sbk

– Megan Moore

– Hussein Salim

– Lelo Mncwango

– Jono Hornby

– Kyle Smith (videographer)

– Jaqui Hiltermann (author)

For updates, thrilling information or extra data, comply with BOOMTOWN on Fb.

Video: Kyle Judd



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