WHAT IF THIS CITY?
By: Nokwazi Qumbisa
The “What if this City” event definitely gave Durban creatives an opportunity to showcase their beautiful art works and to network with other art enthusiast like themselves. It was a brainchild of the Durban University of Technology staff and graduates.
The moment you walked into the Steve Biko campus you were greeted by the light, very captivating music from Durban’s very best. You were greeted by friendly faces, others singing aloud, some taking pictures, you just get injected by that euphoria and started getting in the mix, whether was mingling with fellow friends or even approaching new people.
Rachel Rudman who attended, said that it was very visual, “So much to see and hear. Definitely different,” she said.
The night was filled with nothing but the very best Durban artists had to offer; from graffiti artists, to contemporary dancers. Rachel Basckin described it as nothing but eclectic.
“There’s so much going on, it’s best described by the word eclectic, so much going on, bust still very versatile, with different forms of art,” said Basckin.
The talented tattoo artist, Samantha-Lee Bunnyfluff showcased her skills which had a couple of people ‘oowing and aaaahing’ at the sight of that ink pen, as she drew an interesting tattoo on a very brave woman.
The live bands kept the crowd singing along and enchanted throughout the night. Upstairs there was a live manikin, downstairs people were invited to take part in drawing, expressing themselves through the ink, and writing something about how they see Durban and what would they like to see happen in Durban.
You could walk around and interact with the artists, while they continue to do their magic either on the board or on canvas.
Monica M, said she loved the scene, “The whole scene is exciting and intoxicating, but in a good way, makes me feel proud to be a Durbanite!”
Louise Kakora said that the night was anything but interesting, “It’s very hard to get bored,with so much going on.”
Re-runs were watched upstairs and were directed and featured Drama Department and Performing Arts students from the DUT. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Fine Arts and Graphic Design students were showcasing their talents upstairs with live manikins being painted.
Sakhile Mhlongo described the scene as unusual. “It’s very unusual to have something like this, it’s something I’d definitely come to again,” stated Mhlongo.
This was definitely something to have attended, not only as an art enthusiast but as a way to interact and widen your views on different art forms.