So by now the name Keleketla! Library should be well embedded into your mind if you are a regular reader of this blog or follower of Feminist Stokvel events. It’s a wonderful organisation, an oasis of a space established and run by two generous and visionary souls, Malose Malahlela and Rangoato Hlasane who established Keleketla! Library 10 years ago at the historic Drill Hall across from Noord Street Taxi Rank to serve the community that lived and commuted there. Last year they packed up the space which had over the years collaborated with organizations such as Chimurenga Magazine, the Wits Fine Art Dept, the Goethe Institut, the South London Gallery, The University of the Arts Zurich, Freedom Community College in Joburg and Kgagatlou High School in Limpopo as well as many local artists, writers, musicians and arts practitioners. In this new space, they continue to share a desire to create spaces where black creative ideas and endeavors can come to life at their own pace, on their own terms and with a strong foundation to collaborate and archive all forms of contemporary and historical arts practices.
I have been collaborating with them for a few months and together, we have an exciting programme planned for the summer which includes collabs with Feminist Stokvel and other organizations such as The Vajrapani Buddhist Centre. For now, feast your eyes on Kele Kutya a pop up rooftop kitchen happening at Keleketla Library (6 Verwey Street, Doornfontein) on the 24th and 25th October.
In the spirit of skaftien and stokvel collaborations, Keleketla brings you an offering of something truly delicious this October – our sister Noji Gaylard’s Phaka kitchen is coming to Keleketla for a weekend and you are all invited. Collaborating with Matthew Burbidge, Noji and Matthew’s rooftop kitchen will be a fusion of different versions of South African cuisine both familiar and new! There will be food, drink, music and the much anticipated book launch of Sweet Medicine, Panashe Chigumadzi’s first novel. Bring your children on Sunday for a family friendly setup. Kids under 12 pay R75.
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