After an amazing start to what is set to be one of the most exciting youth festival in the country, #VIPYouthFestival, we continued onto Day 2 which was packed with more fun and engaging panels to stimulate the young minds in our audience as well as those at home who were following the discussions on social media.
Day 2 kicked off at the epicentre of youth at our offices at 73 Juta Street in Braamfontein, and first up were the good people from Africa Check who went through President Jacob Zuma’s Youth Day speech in order to find if all the facts mentioned in the speech were correct.
This was especially exciting for us because we got to watch all the action live while people at home followed everything through the hashtags #VIPYouthFest and #YouthCheckZA.
Free cool drinks, popcorn and wifi made sure that everyone had something to do with their fingers while we tried to avoid thinking about the freezing weather.
Festivities continued with a panel discussion in response to the president’s speech that had been streamed live on ENCA.com and a performance by the talented Riz Ventura shortly thereafter.
Corruption Watch continued their Bribe Detector, #MyHandsAreClean campaign throughout the day.
But perhaps the most interesting feature of the day was the panel discussion, featuring Lebogang Rasethaba, Sam Turpin, and Danielle Bowler, asking who is telling the young South Africans’ story.
Rasethaba made an interesting point that South Africa should look to Nollywood for inspiratuion where Nigerians are telling their own stories to a point where they are producing 1200 films a year.
The day wrapped up with the screening of Lebogang Rasethaba documentary film, Prisoner 46764. So join us tomorrow for the last day of the festival for more exciting conversations with the youth.
Words by: @RaeezJacobs
Photography: @prettipiktures and @IamTheMaz