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The vibrant and colourful Guga S’thebe Arts and Culture Centre in Langa will play host to renowned ‘Test Kitchen’ chef, Luke Dale-Roberts later this month. This is the latest feather in this important centre’s cap.

The City of Cape Town’s Guga S’thebe Arts and Culture Centre in Langa will add another dish to its already impressive menu at the end of May.

This vibrant arts and culture hub, one of 10 such facilities owned and maintained by the City, will host the Test Kitchen Langa project on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May 2017. Internationally acclaimed chef, Luke Dale-Roberts, and his team from The Test Kitchen will cook lunch at a fundraiser for the Noluthando Early Childhood Development Centre and Project Archangel.

‘Our Cultural Spaces Programme is aimed at providing dedicated and relevant arts and culture spaces that are active, vibrant and well used throughout the city. We partner with sustainable non-profit organisations and plan to establish spaces throughout the metropole for the practice and production of arts- and culture-related activities. Food is definitely a huge part of South African culture and so I hope that the Test Kitchen and others will come back for a second or third helping,’ said the City’s Mayoral committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman Jean-Pierre Smith.The Guga S’thebe Centre also features an indoor performance area, amphitheatre, dance, paint, pottery, mosaic and photographic studios. The centre is a focal point in the community and source of empowerment and skills development.

‘Conserving these cultural spaces helps people to connect and provides a sense of community, unity and belonging. It speaks to our efforts to build an inclusive city. These spaces help us to preserve our heritage and to give us a link to traditions that might otherwise be lost; not to mention decentralising Cape Town’s tourism sector and giving visitors a view of all that the city has to offer,’ said Alderman Smith.

‘The City has recently installed CCTV cameras in this area to improve safety. Langa is recognised as having incredible tourism potential due to its rich history. There are plans in place to invest in Langa’s tourist infrastructure with the intention of inspiring real increases in tourist numbers visiting this suburb,’ Alderman Smith added.

More than just its services, Guga S’thebe is an award winning building. The facility boasts a 200-seater theatre space which has recently received an international architectural award and is built mostly from recycled material.

Some of the productions on offer at the centre this month include:

  • 15 to 19 May: the acclaimed Athol Fugard play My Children My Africa directed by Fatima Dike. This is for Grade 12 learners who are currently studying it as a set-work book
  • 20 to 22 May: a series of productions as part of the 19th Assitej World Congress and Performing Arts Festival. For further details, please go to http://www.assitej2017.org.za/festival

The centre is generally busy during the week with ad-hoc activities and events taking place. There are also a number of after-school programmes such as contemporary dance, drumming, yoga and capoeira.

For further details on events at Guga S’thebe, please call 021 695 3493.

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