The Limpopo Arts & Culture Youth Forum will on Thursday, 30th September 2021 engage in a Provincial sit-in at the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, Olympic Towers in Polokwane following the struggle and hunger faced by the cultural and creative sector in the province.
This comes after the organization has been engaging the Department with proposals including mitigation initiatives such online concerts with intention to create opportunities for artists to get relief from government during the Covid-19 pandemic that hard hit the industry.
However, LACYF Chairperson, Freddy Molope says proposals were not taken into consideration and this has indicated an ignorance by the DSAC officials. “Our genuine grievances went on deaf ears to individuals who enjoy priviledge which empowered them with ignorance to create an enabling environment for hungry and marginalized artists in our province” said Molope.
Furthermore, Molope says they refuse to celebrate mediocrity and victimization by those who pledged to lead poor artists in the Province to a better life but forever unavailable to take full responsibility.
“The DSAC MEC in Limpopo , Thandi Moraka pledged on various initiatives during the budget speech yet not even 5% of whatever has been affirmed benefited the industry, the MEC contributed nothing productive since the beginning of the year to impact the sector apart from Covid-19 alert regulations which permitted limited gatherings and telling the artists to opt for virtual performance or exhibitions” emphasised Molope.
The organization has been patient and consistent to follow procedures and protocol of communication which resulted to nothing but rather to take unpopular response to SIT-IN at the Department, therefore all hungry artists are invited to be part of the sit-in to show the spirit of solidarity and demand a wayforward.