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Constitution Hill commemorates the 40th year of the 1976 Soweto Students’ Uprisings with the annual Basha Uhuru Youth Festival. On 16 June 1976, what started out as a peaceful protest in the streets of Soweto by students standing up against an oppressive regime, ended with blood shed, brutality, gunshots and being taken behind the bars of the notorious Number 4 prison, now known as Constitution Hill. 

Basha Uhuru Youth Festival, Constitution Hill’s flagship arts festival, is a celebration and expression of the artistic freedom of the youth of South Africa. The event, a collaboration between Constitution Hill and contemporary art gallery Kalashnikovv, aims to showcase young emerging artists and cultural practitioners within the creative field through music, film, theatre, art, discussions and networking platforms. Usually held over a period of 4 days, the 2016 edition of the festival will be hosted throughout the month of June in commemoration of the momentous year to aptly commemorate both the 40th year anniversary, as well as 20 years of the Constitution.


Now in its 4th year, the Basha Uhuru Youth Festival is focused on empowering the youth through the creative industry by affording them platforms for freedom of artistic expression. The programme which culminates in an explosive music concert on 25th June 2016 will feature art exhibitions, film screenings sponsored by the Gauteng Film Commission, a creative network exchange, a time-travel tour which will re-enact the events of 16 June 1976 from Orlando to Number 4 prison at ConHill.  It also features a heritage cycling tour which will link up the Hector Pieterson Museum and ConHill. Market @ The Fort, ConHill’s monthly lifestyle market, will be a fusion of food, fashion, and accessories to complement the Basha Uhuru music concert!

The celebration remains relevant in relation to current issues, and will incorporate a panel discussion addressing some of the challenges which the youth are currently facing. The discussion will be based on the topic of free education and the #FeesMustFall movement, and will feature student leaders as well as relevant key stakeholders.


As youth month is also environmental month, there will also be a youth discussion on environmental awareness, as well as multi-media art exhibitions by young emerging contemporary artists.

The music concert, funded and made possible by the Department of Arts & Culture, and will be held at the Constitution Square. The main stage will feature a musical blend of contemporary South African musicians including live performances and DJs which will entertain the youth and the young at heart as they celebrate, commemorate and salute the youth of 1976

Month’s programme

Week 1:  Contemporary Art Exhibitions

Date:         2 June 2016

Time:         18h00

Venue:       Constitution Hill, Women’s Gaol

Week 2: Visions of Freedom (Pt. 1) – Film Screenings

Date:         9 June 2016

Time:         19h00

Venue:     Constitution Hill, Women’s Gaol

Week 3: Visions of Freedom (Pt. 2) – Theatre Production

Date:          15 June 2016

Time:          18h00

Venues:       Constitution Hill, Women’s Gaol    

Week 4: Conversations of Freedom (Pt. 1) – Design Share Party Creative Networking

Date:           18 June 2015

Time:           16h00

Venue:         Constitution Hill, Women’s Gaol

Conversations of Freedom (Pt. 2) – Panel Discussion on Free Education

Date:           22 June 2015

Time:           16h00

Venue:         Constitution Hill, Women’s Gaol

Rides of Freedom: Heritage Cycling Tour & Time Travel Tour

Date:            25 June 2016

Time:            09h00

Venue:          Hector Pieterson Museum to Constitution Hill

Sounds of Freedom: Market @ The Fort & Basha Uhuru Music Concert

Date:            25 June 2016

Time:            10h00 till late

Venue:          Constitution Square, Constitution Hill

In further celebration of Youth Month, Constitution Hill will be providing complimentary tours to all young people between the ages of 18 and 22 (identification will be required). ConHill has also introduced new tour offerings which showcase the history of the site, including the Walk with Madiba tour, the Night Tour @ ConHill, and the Time Travel Tour which is an interactive experiential tour.

We encourage the youth to visit the historical prison complex where the youth of 1976 were incarcerated and also to experience South Africa’s transition from a turbulent past to a democratic nation.

For more information please contact:

Constitution Hill

Phetsile Nxumalo | Sales and Marketing Co-Ordinator | | 011 381 3128|

Jeanny Morulane | GM: Marketing and Communications | | 011 381 3150|


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