Woman Zone joins the 13th Artscape Women’s Humanity Festival with the Women’s Humanity Walk on August 9 as they celebrate Women’s Day.
Women’s Humanity Walk – Walking together to unite Cape Town and empower persons with disabilities.
WHEN & WHERE: Inside the Castle of Good Hope – entrance to the Castle is FREE. Time: 09:00 for 09:30 interfaith blessings. Finish: Artscape Piazza around 11:30
The Walk will be followed by a FREE hour-long concert featuring performers from all of Artscape’s departments.
The Women’s Humanity Walk
Every year on August 9th, as part of Artscape’ Women’s Humanity Festival, the Women of Cape Town take to the streets for The Women’s Humanity Walk.
What started six years ago with a few hundred women walkers has grown to include a few thousand – and in keeping with the tradition of The Walk, children and men are welcome. As always, persons with disabilities are also invited to join in where they are able to.
But this year the theme EMPOWERING PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES focuses on them specifically as we partner with the Chaeli Campaign – Hope in Motion!
An iconic site is chosen each year as a starting point – St George’s Cathedral, District Six Homecoming Centre, The Iziko Slave Lodge, the Bo-Kaap – and this year, what could be more symbolic than The Castle of Good Hope and walkers, encouraged to walk and talk to someone they don’t know along the way, slowly and peacefully walk the streets of Cape Town down to the Artscape piazza. Because this is not a march of protest, but a walk to demonstrate unity – among women, and all citizens of the Mother City.
Unifying proceedings still further, walkers are blessed at the start by women leaders of a number of different faiths coordinated by SAFFI, the South African Faith and Family Institute.
Marlene le Roux, CEO of Artscape, champions and leads The Walk. Disabled herself, she is supplied with transport which in the past this has been a Harley Davidson, a horse and cart, a luxury sedan and a motorcycle side car. But this year, together with Chaeli Mycroft and a number of others she will be proudly in a wheelchair – some of which will be pushed by drag queens from the Artscape production of AbFab.
All are invited to join the Women’s Humanity Walk – organisations can bring their banners, T-shirts and posters but most importantly everyone should bring their love and humanity – and take the time to celebrate at the finish with an hour long free-concert of song, dance and performance by Artscape’s many artists.
Tune into Fine Music Radio 101.3fm on 9 August to hear our special Women’s Day programme from 12:00 to 13:00
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