Lalela Students Travel to NYC!

BY HASAN ESSOP, FACILITATOR & ARTIST
The Lalela Impact | July 2015

This was the first time I travelled to the US, a journey I have dreamt about for many years. I was fortunate to have travelledduring two of the biggest New York art fairs: Art fairs, Frieze and 154 African Art Contemporary.

My week in New York was jam-packed with visits to the Guggenheim, MOMA and the Natural History Museum. The students who accompanied myself and fellow colleague Loyiso Skoti, enjoyed evening walks around Times Square, tours around the city and walks in Central Park.The day of the fundraiser was very special as we met friends and sponsors who all contribute to making Lalela a success. We were treated to fantastic performances, a special one from Wyclef Jean, and very moving speeches from our students and members of management.

I am truly grateful to Lalela and the team for granting me the opportunity to embark on this journey and to have an experience that has been so beneficial to my work and art practice. 

BY ZIMASA DYANI
The Lalela Impact | July 2015

On the 16th of May, Loyiso, Hasan, Ncedo and I arrived in New York. It was quite an overwhelming experience and I could not stop looking outside the car window and the tall buildings even though it made me dizzy.

I really enjoyed the everyday walks; they gave us a taste of the day in the life of a New Yorker. The place I related to the most was China Town. The place was really busy, something I am used to coming from the township. The Blue Man Group (amazing art and music) was fantastic; I loved the way they interacted with the audience. I also loved the tours of the art museums, namely the Guggenheim and MOMA.

The day of the fundraiser was the cherry on top of the cake. Working with Colin Cowlie’s team to set up the venue and having a personal mentoring experience with this extraordinary person fuelled my passion for events planning.