Outdoor events are a must when you are looking to create more memories, and what better way to do this than a picnic?
“We as black people have to tell our own stories. We have to document our history. When we allow someone else to document our history the history becomes twisted and we get written out. We get our noses blown off.” – Erykah Badu.
Solofelang Thobejane, founder of the African Child company, and events organiser at A picnic and outdoor cinema event says the above statement by Erykah Badu has been inspiring her for a long time. She says she knows of a lot of children in the township who have never experienced the thrill of watching a movie and she aims to change this, which is why she started the event.
She says growing up she used to hear her mother talk about going to bioscopes, and she found this interesting. Being an old soul who loves vintage lead her to come up with the picnic and outdoor cinema idea.
Her African Child company deals with events amd event management, and she wants to teach African children that anything is possible: “The fact that there is a gap between town and the township makes me want to close the gap.” Solofelang aims to share African stories in the township through this event. She strictly plays African movies because she feels the need to tell our stories and celebrate our own talents.
The picnic and outdoor cinema has had two events to date and both were intimate and fun. There is food and smoothie stalls for you to top up. There are pre-ordered baskets filled with goodies like garlic rolls, snacks, strawberry and cream, a one litre juice, 750 ml wine,popcorn and glasses.
The pre-ordered basket has options for two to four people, ranging from R200 to R350, inclusive of the entrance fee. You can also dip your fingers into freshly made wings, chips, word rolls and shwarmas. You can pop by the smoothie stall to keep you refreshed. There are R50 tickets sold separately if you want to bring your own basket.
Imagine a picturesque plot with tall, green, flashy trees, a swimming pool, chirping birds and of course you. Plot 184 is situated in Soshanguve, on Rooiwal road and is the perfect get away on a lazy Saturday.
I personally fell in love with the plot when my friends said I could tag along when they were looking for a place to host an event. The chirping birds, the grass and the trees give you a feel of nature that makes you feel as if you are nowhere near the townships.
First time attendee, Pontsho Mogashoa says the event is a stunning idea: “What a way to get friends together in such an artistic way. I loved the fact that they play South African films to celebrate the art and talent Mzansi is pregnant with.” When asked about the vibe, she says it was awesome and she would come again and bring her crew with.
Sifiso Ntuli shares the same sentiments as Pontsho: “I loved it. It was intimate and beautiful. I wanted to be in the company of other people and get to explore different personalities, and the event did just that.”
In our quest to write our own history and learn to love each other as Africans, we ought to spend time amongst each other. Sharing ideas, drafting business plans and teaching our young ones that unity is power and that it does take a village to raise a child. Solofelang is creating a platform were quality African movies are seen by Africans, and proves that the false rumour that African stories are of low budget and little quality is false.
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To pre-order your basket and get your tickets, you can contact Solofelang on 076 2759 324