Arts, Culture & Shopping Route
Curated by Juma Mkwela
Juma Mkwela, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder has been an artist his whole life, but he became active in the Cape Town art movement in 2009 when he began painting murals to bring social change. He’s had experience running artist residency programs, the Word of Art gallery, as well as a successful art and cultural tour company: Township Art Tours. He’s a social entrepreneur, having started and worked with many social art programs like Jullard Creations: an art program for children, Write on Africa: a mural project across Africa, and Color Ikamva: a program to paint murals in underprivileged schools. Khayelitsha Art Hub is Juma’s culmination of a long career of artistry, entrepreneurship and social change.
1.Makukhanye Art Room
Makukhanye Art Room is a theatre look-alike space where artists, companies and other institutions present their works, hold rehearsals, run mini festivals, do auditions, workshops, etc. It is a facility that helps young people develop their skills and also helps the community. This space has been a home for arts and artists in Khayelitsha, and has been used by artists in and outside Cape Town where they present various programmes.
Accept EFT and Cash.
KASI RC is Mandisi Sindo’s new ‘shack theatre’ in Khayelitsha, where visitors and locals can enjoy the performing arts and take part in educational workshops. Music, poetry, dance, and theatre productions have a second home in Khayelithsa in KASI RC where the local community and visitors can be enriched, healed, and uplifted by heartfelt performances.
Accepts EFT and cash.
Mon – Sun 09:00 – 17:00 (and for performances)
3.18 Gangster Museum
The 18 Gangster Museum offers an authentic look at some of the difficulties of Khayelitsha life, especially the impact of gangs on the local community. The tour guides are ex-offenders, and their stories are raw and real.
Ticket sales fund very successful youth programmes, so your visit is helping the local community.
Accepts Debit and Credit cards, EFT
Cell: 073 766 2078
A craft shop with a difference. Golden Nongauza and his family upcycle tin cans to produce handmade flowers. Visitors to their traditional township shack, can shop from a range of tin flowers and enjoy traditional song and dance from the Golden family. There is a spacious studio where visitors can watch the family transform cans into a flower.
Daily 10h00 – 17h00
5.Township Art Tours
Tour guide Juma Mkwela is an established artist who calls Khayelitsha home. His art tours include the opportunity to paint a mural in the community, view existing murals, and plant veggie gardens for local families. Interaction with the locals is a key element of this experience, which can include preparing a traditional meal with a family. Tours are customised to your interests and can feature exciting activities such as e-bikes.
By booking only. Accepts EFT, cash, PayPal
Imveli Designs is a Khayelitsha-based clothing brand that produces modern, chic garments with a traditional and vintage twist. The store at Lookout Hill, Khayelitsha, carries a range of the vibrant and trendy garments.
Cell: 072 840 0553
7.Isibane Se Afrika Choir
The Isibane Se Afrika Choir will blow you away with their renditions of traditional and gospel songs, their energetic dance moves and their warm and welcoming introduction to township life. Join them for a tour of Khayelitsha to get a local perspective on the vibrant neightbourhood they call home and you’ll get a chance to sing and dance too.
Andisiwe Mbunje Gaqa started the Isibane Se Afrika choir 18 years ago with a mission to empower, inspire, and uplift the youth of her community in Khayelitsha.
EFT, debit and credit cards.
By appointment only
Cell: 083 998 6025
Theo Ceramics has been creating his stunning ceramics since 1992. Studio visits include meeting Theo Ntuntwana and other local artists who share the space, and the opportunity to buy some of the bold, colourful, and truly African designs.
Daily: 10am – 6pm (Theo’s hours are flexible – call for bookings)
Cell: 083 593 7605