Chalked faces lining the streets

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Local children line the streets of Grahamstown during the National Arts Festival. You can’t miss them – they are everywhere. Their faces are painted white with a mixture of chalk and water; some are wearing absurd outfits, wigs, boxes on their heads, colourful glasses or striking dresses; no movement, they are standing absolutely still. At their feet a small container holding small  change can be seen. A tourist walks by and drops a R2 coin in one of the containers. The child does a short but energetic dance performance.

Every year the children of Grahamstown join in on the festival fun by dressing up and entertaining festival goers. The following photos are a few shots of some of the children seen at this year’s festival.

Kosta Makuhlela (left) and Myeluo Mahlalha (right) stand in High Street, Grahamstown on  7 July, 2015.
Kosta Makuhlela (left) and Myeluo Mahlalha (right) stand in High Street, Grahamstown on 7 July, 2015. ©Zandaley Bothma
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©Zandaley Bothma

Kosta Makuhlela in High street, Grahamstown on 7 July, 2015. ©Zandaley Bothma

Malungelo Matshoba's face is not chalked at the time the photo was taken but is also a regular partaker in the mime-fun on High street, Grahamstown, 7 July, 2015. ©Zandaley Bothma
Malungelo Matshoba’s face is not chalked at the time the photo was taken but is also a regular partaker in the mime-fun on High street, Grahamstown, 7 July, 2015. ©Zandaley Bothma
From the left stands Kosta Makuhlela, Lesona Mphathi, Myeluo Mahlahla and Ayah Thandolethu in High street, Grahamstown on 7 July, 2015. ©Zandaley Bothma
From the left stands Kosta Makuhlela, Malungelo Matshoba, Myeluo Mahlahla and Niayabulela Sakhi in High street, Grahamstown on 7 July, 2015. ©Zandaley Bothma
A young boy grinds down the chalk to be put on his face on the sidewalk of High street, Grahamstown on 7 July 2015.  ©Zandaley Bothma
A young boy grinds down the chalk to be put on his face on the sidewalk of High street, Grahamstown on 7 July 2015. ©Zandaley Bothma
A group of boys pose for a photo in High street, Grahamstown on 7 July 2015. ©Zandaley Bothma
A group of boys pose for a photo in High street, Grahamstown on 7 July 2015. ©Zandaley Bothma
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©Zandaley Bothma
The hands of the “mime” children after they covered their faces with chalk. ©Zandaley Bothma
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An older boy stands still and waits for coins to be dropped in his container in High street, Grahamstown on 7 July, 2015. ©Zandaley Bothma
An older boy stands still and waits for coins to be dropped in his container in High street, Grahamstown on 7 July, 2015. ©Zandaley Bothma
Niayabulela Sakhi in High street, Grahamstown on 7 July, 2015 ©Zandaley Bothma
Anele Mafele (from left), Andile Vena, Anelisa Stamper, Azola Buduza and Sivenati Fene stand in fron of the 1820 National Settler's Monument on 7 July, 2015. ©Zandaley Bothma
Anele Mafele (from left), Andile Vena, Anelisa Stamper, Azola Buduza and Sivenati Fene stand in fron of the 1820 National Settler’s Monument on 7 July, 2015. ©Zandaley Bothma
Sivenati Fene (front) and Azola Buduza at the Monument on 7 July, 2015.©Zandaley Bothma
Sivenati Fene (front) and Azola Buduza at the Monument on 7 July, 2015.©Zandaley Bothma
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©Zandaley Bothma
Anelisa Stamper is one of the many 'mime' street performers during the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa. He catches our attention with his colourful attire, 7 July, 2015. ©Zandaley Bothma
Anelisa Stamper is one of the many ‘mime’ street performers during the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa. He catches our attention with his colourful attire, 7 July, 2015. ©Zandaley Bothma

 

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