Over 10 000 people from Nyanga East, Stellenbosch, Sea Point, Observatory, Athlone and many other communities in the mother city brought District Six to life on Reconciliation Day ...
"Our dreams and hopes for the new millennium will be launched into the night sky with the assistance of 250 children's voices, 200 adult voices, dancing by Jazzart Dance Theatre and the glow of thousands of candles and lanterns. An enormous light-filled praying mantis puppet will weep tears of flame over the fireworks erupting from the giant moon ... children will play instruments made from PVC plastic pipes, water tanks and bins ... an old Xhosa story with new resonances will be narrated by giant puppets... "
SWAPCO was formed by artistic directors Alfred Hinkel of Jazzart Dance Theatre and Lachlan McDonald of Southern Edge Arts, which specialises in the conceptualisation and presentation of large scale, outdoor, celebratory, community-based performance events. Mark Fleishman of the Cape Town-based Magnet Theatre and a number of community arts organisations were invited to participate in the project.
Behind the scenes, building paper lanterns: