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THE youth of Soweto will party, party and party some more, but this time around they will at the same time help fight crime.
The Soweto Writers' Centre wants aspirant musicians, dancers, poets, comedians, actors and percussionists to take part in the inaugural Youth Against Crime Cultural Festival.
The event will take place at Uncle Tom's Community Centre in Orlando West on June 24 and 25.
The festival will be hosted by the Writers' Centre, which is a resource centre that develops writers, and the Africa Foundation For Human Rights in Johannesburg.
The main aim of the festival is to engage and mobilise the youth against crime and to encourage them to take part in human rights activities in their communities.
"The festival will also pay tribute to the youth of 1976 and their contribution to liberation and democracy," said centre director Basil Dube.
The festival will include an anti-crime awareness workshop for parents, youth for human rights poetry, drama, dance and comedy with a human rights and anti-crime message and theme.
Young artists and performers who want to take part in this historic festival are requested to register by today. Registration is free and open to everyone aged 14 to 35 .
To register and for more information, call Kgaugelo Maphutha, the festival coordinator, on 011-833-5624 ext 265 or 071-592-5987. You can also visit the festival office at Museum Africa in Newtown, Johannesburg, during business hours.