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Write on Africa is a not-for-profit initiative that promotes creative inspiration and urban rejuvenation through special events and public art. Taking their manifesto beyond the hypothetical, a group of five artists participated in the recent Write on Africa roadtrip through the Transkei.
Supported by the Scrutinize HIV awareness campaign, the team delivered sensitive social HIV messages, art-for-art’s sake and positive love to six communities in nine days. Huts, shacks, abandoned buildings, shebeen walls and nursery schools were all covered with colour.
“The journey was an incredible experience for us as people and impactful on each of us as artists, not to mention the many communities we left with a sense of hope, love and inspiration,” said Ricky Lee Gordon from Write on Africa. Gordon and Cal Burns, from Matchboxology, are the creative activists behind the initiative. The artists were Freddy Sam (Ricky Lee Gordon), Faith47 and Hac One, along with Rowan Pybus and Jessie Doucha on film and photography.
Write on Africa is currently working on a documentary about the trip and investigating new partnerships for further community rejuvenation projects. Website: www.writeonafrica.org