Teaser for this Saturday’s Township Event

For the third time the Viva Art Foundation organises an Art Event in Stanford. This Saturday 10 October local artists and people living in the Kannemeyer Street in Stanford South will together bring some colour to the houses. Today there was already a kind of teaser in the Compacta Street. Two local artists and 3 residents were painting two houses.

On Facebook more details on this event page.

Viva Art Fest

(text copied from Viva Art Fest FB-page)

Viva Art Fest Stanford 2013

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With great joy and a surprising success we, The Viva Foundation of South Africa, created the world’s first Living Art Gallery in Mamelodi, Tshwane, by transforming actual shack-homes into works of art, with the aim to attract tourism and business to the community. And it worked. We had great media exposure and people are coming all year to see the artworks and to enjoy the hospitality of the community. And now this initiative is coming to Stanford!

How does it work?
We are a non-profit organization and we believe in the wealth and talents of the local communities, we want to support.
In Stanford this community is battling with unemployment, drugs and young people without hope. Green tourism and Stanford as an Art Route Destination is one answer.

The painted houses of the living art gallery have a dramatic effect, not only aesthetically, but also in the general attitude of the community. Known local and artists form abroad specializing in different art-disciplines, contribute and volunteer their time and resources in this project. They create a lasting art work to enjoy.

In partnership with the Stanford Community Police Forum, the David Krut Foundation, the Tourism Office and many small and powerful local initiatives the first Viva Art Fest Stanford will take place this year (after the first Viva Art Fest in Zwelihle that created a stir in the communities and will bring tourism and prosper local businesses).

Time: Saturday 2 Nov 2013 ALL DAY 8am to 7pm
What: Local is lekker Food stalls! Kids activities and local Music entertainment ALL DAY!
Place: Die Skema, Stanford, Rugby Field and around (walls to be painted nearby)
Entrance: Free
Together: You are most welcome to join as an artist creating an artwork (we sponsor materials), as a volunteer assisting the artists and with kids activities, or just to spread the word an come with all friends and family.

Contact: Regina (076) 3757116 • Wilhelm, CPF, (076) 8108908 • Nikki Miles (074) 4378080 • Sven Lager (072) 828 4727 sven.lager@gmail.com
Check out Viva Foundation South Africa on Facebook

Honeymoon in Stanford

A promise is a promise! When we left Robertson last year we promised one of our than staff that if he would marry someday we would take care of his honeymoon. Xolile is a special guy and the first employee who gave us a written notice every time when he needed a day off and than also mentioning when he planned to work in his lost time. Xolile became an orphan at a young age and had to take care for his younger brother and sister and we admire him for the way he battled himself through bureaucratic ‘warzones’. It also meant that he had to queue (sometimes even for 2 days!!!) every now and than at governmental institutions for school- and other grants; dealing with lazy teachers and so on. Life in a location (‘township’) is not that easy. Thanks to him and to Joey (wire-artist) we also got some experience in ‘township life’ (most privileged South Africans have never been through such a ‘struggle’ but it would be very healthy for them) but more important is that we got to know the people and their daily life. Last Saturday Xolile married the love of his life and we attended his wedding amongst 200 (non-white) guests; many we knew from our ‘survival’ experiences. We thank all these wonderful people for their genuine hospitality during our 11 years in Robertson. After the wedding we took the couple to our new home in Stanford and showed them around. For the first time in their life they saw whales, the sea and experienced beach and terrace life ….. They deserved it!!! Xolile worked himself up to head gardener on our farm (he’s now engaged in the wine-industry nearby his home); hence the flower and cactus decoration in the picture.