ShowMe East London attended the launch of The East London Urban Cultural Experience, an exciting new route which is the collaboration of 9 local SMME’s, and is supported by the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Association and Buffalo City Tourism. The route showcases East London’s vibrant urban culture. The fun started at the Drifters Raceway Theme Park where we were treated to some local traditional dancing, racing and paintball. Drifters Raceway Theme Park did itself proud and is a must visit for locals and tourists alike. Next, we were transported by Velile (Imonti Tours), Siseko (Uncuthu Tours) and Eugene (Eugene’s Shuttle) to the beautiful new Art Versatile Gallery in Vincent. As the first 100% black-owned and run contemporary art gallery in East London, Art Versatile showcases artworks by local artists and is a visual art and handmade craft experience including mediums such as painting, pottery, wood and sketches.
From there we moved on to the new Art Versatile Ceramics Studio situated in Arcadia. Home to local ceramic artists, the studio also offers fun team-building sessions and pottery lessons. We tried our hand and let it be said, it is not as easy as it looks. Our next stop was Xhobani Projects in Mdantsane, South Africa’s 2nd largest township. We met the amazing ladies who recycle used glass bottles into individually crafted handmade glass beads, sew ‘modern’ traditional clothing, Xhosa dolls and stylish décor and accessories. And no township experience is complete without stopping over for a bite to eat and some live local entertainment. A landmark in the Eastern Cape, Mthombi’s Palace is a popular venue and a microcosm of the Urban Culture experience.
Throw in two great accommodation establishments, the Park Place Boutique Guest House in Belgravia and Edge Lodge in Beacon Bay and a great package deal, and you have The East London Urban Cultural Experience Route.
Yes, in East London… we do Tourism, and this crowd are doing it, really, really well!
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