Guga S’Thebe Arts & Cultural Centre
- cnr Washington & Church Sts Langa
- 021-695 3493
- 8am-4.30pm Mon-Fri, 8am-12.30pm Sat & Sun
Lonely Planet review for Guga S’Thebe Arts & Cultural Centre
Brilliantly decorated with colourful ceramic murals, this is one of the most impressive buildings in the townships, if not in all of Cape Town. A host of community classes are held here, including beadwork and the making of traditional garments and pottery. Performances by local groups are often held in the outdoor amphitheatre. While here also check out the wonderful mosaic-decorated plinths along the street outside. Each side of the four plinths has a different theme, one of which is the only memorial to the Mendi, a troop ship that sank in the English Channel in 1917 drowning 607 members of the South African Native Labour Corps. The huge mural painted on the building opposite the cultural centre was done by Philip Kgosana, the man held aloft in the composition – it commemorates the defiance campaign of 1960.