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A common culture to unite people

Activity 1

A common culture to unite people

Group 1: In rural areas

A mural by Falko One, South Africa, 2015.

Cape Town-based street artist Falko One travelled across South Africa painting elephants on homes.
These elephants are meant to stand as a talking point and spark conversation between strangers and neighbours.
Falko’s work instills a sense of togetherness and pride and aims at bringing art outside gallery walls and the limits of urban areas.

The reason why I come to small towns is specifically because they need it the most. [...] With this project Once upon a town, [...] I’m not coming here to preach, I’m not coming here to save lives… What I do is art, art to get to learn to know my country.

Falko One

Group 2: In townships

Orlando Towers, Johannesburg, 2015.

The artwork looks at the many layers that make Soweto such a powerful source of pride — taking the seemingly ordinary but presenting it in an extraordinary way.

“I see Soweto as a great source of inspiration because despite political struggles, the creative aesthetic of the area is often at the forefront. This aesthetic is not one that is trying to be like another, it is one that has been cultivated by South Africans, for South Africans – from street art to music, we see a great refl ection of our country. It is unmistakably ours. Soweto isn’t just in the people of Soweto, but in the people of South Africa.”

Karabo Poppy Molestane

Group 3: In Central Business Districts

A mural by Faith47, Warwick Junction, Durban, South Africa, 2014.

Imagine an average public transport hub in a South African CBD (Central Business District), add about 400,000 daily commuters and 8,000 informal traders, and you will get an idea of what a day at Warwick Junction, in Durban, is like.

Of all the places we looked at in Durban there is nothing quite like the market. I think quite a few people in Durban avoid that area, seeing it as a ‘danger’ zone, and I admit there are definitely some criminal elements at work there, but there is also a wealth of culture and vibrancy that is part of the real fabric of our country.

Faith 47


  • deserted /dɪˈzɜːtɪd/ (adj.)
  • mural (n.)
  • bring people together / unite (v.)
  • convey a message (v.)
  • feel represented / feel acknowledged /əkˈnɒlɪdʒd/ (v.)
  • make a dream come true (v.)
  • symbolise / embody (v.)
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You are in charge of one group of documents.

What is the name of the artist and the place where he worked?
Locate them on the map of South Africa .

Go on the internet and find more information about the artist and his or her work of art.
Workbook p. 33

Be ready to present your findings to the class. You must use at least two words from the toolbox.
Useful vocabulary:
He / she wants to + V…
He / she would like people to + V…
He / she aims at + V-ing…
It expresses a sense of togetherness / a sense of belonging…

Let's talk this out!

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Share your findings with your classmates and learn about the other artists.

What do these three artists have in common?

Do you believe street art enables to unite people?
Why or why not?

Useful vocabulary: They all deal with…
As far as I’m concerned...
Not only do they + V but they also + V
They turn ordinary places into extraordinary places.

Grammar in progress

Les articles

Observez les deux premières phrases du texte ci-dessus.
  • Quel article est utilisé pour désigner quelque chose en particulier ? En général ?
  • À quoi sert l’article a / an ?
⚠ Il n'y a pas d'article devant le nom de pays ou de région. Ex: South Africa

Exercices p. 98Précis grammatical p. 263

Let's learn!

Biggest cities in South Africa

Look at this grid for 30 seconds, then tell your neighbour as many things as you can about it.
Ex: Durban is situated in the province of Kwazulu-Natal.

City Province Population
Cape Town Western Cape 3,433,441
Durban Kwazulu-Natal 3,120,282
Johannesburg Gauteng 2,026,469

Over to you!

Choose a South African artist for a commissioned artwork

Let’s use what you have learnt in !

As a member of the National Arts Council of South Africa, you have been asked to select an artist for a commissioned work of art, in Newtown, Johannesburg. Justify your choice.

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