From Gtown to Oppi #Oppitrek

Two short-hair-don’t-care photographers set on a mission to their first Oppikoppi. We sold our clothes, jewellery, shoes even and some original photograph prints of ours to try raise funds for our #Oppitrek (apparently this hashtag was coined by Lauren Rawlin’s and fellow trekkers, so just setting that record straight – investigative journalistic stuff right here). This video is an attempt to show only some of the glorious-ness-ness that was Oppikoppi 2014. 

Check out a cool podcast created by Travis Carlyle with my friend Martha and I chatting about this years Oppi madness at #1 SA Music Festivals

Video by Niamh Walsh-Vorster

Music by The Kiffness ft. Shortstraw– Find A Way

Comm members and volunteers pose in studio at the African Media Matrix building for the Rhodes University Gender Action Project. GAP is an activism society that looks at ways of engaging in dialogue on sexism, oppression and sexual violence in a South African context. Throughout the year the committee has held various workshops with Grahamstown school children and Rhodes University students on raising awareness on gender based issues. Text design by Michelle Sabina AvenantPhotographs by Niamh Walsh-Vorster 

Comm members and volunteers pose in studio at the African Media Matrix building for the Rhodes University Gender Action Project. GAP is an activism society that looks at ways of engaging in dialogue on sexism, oppression and sexual violence in a South African context. Throughout the year the committee has held various workshops with Grahamstown school children and Rhodes University students on raising awareness on gender based issues. 

Text design by Michelle Sabina Avenant
Photographs by Niamh Walsh-Vorster 

Residents, Rhodes University students, lecturers and municipality workers protest outside of the Grahamstown City Hall, High Street, Eastern Cape on Thursday 27 August 2014. The on-going water shortages and service delivery failures led to the protest and presentation of an open letter. There was call for dissolution of the Makana Municipality. City Mayor Zamuxolo Peter addressed the crowd, only to be met with negative responses. © Niamh Walsh-Vorster 

Top: Francois van Coke and Jedd Kossew from Van Coke Kartel perform on the Wesley’s Dome Stage at Oppikoppi Music Festival in Northam, Limpopo, South Africa on Friday 8 August 2014. Van Coke Kartel are an Afrikaans rock band known for their high-energy performances. 

Bottom:  A naked man party’s on stage during the Van Coke Kartel performance on the Wesley’s Dome Stage at Oppikoppi Music Festival in Northam, Limpopo, South Africa on Friday 8 August 2014. 

© Niamh Walsh-Vorster 

Spoek Mathambo performs at the Skellum Stage at Oppikoppi Music Festival in Northam, Limpopo, South Africa on Saturday 9 August 2014. Mathambo integrates an authentic South African sound with electronic beats, often collaborating with new wave African artists. His collaborations has led him to create the Fantasma project, which brings together a band of South African creatives. © Niamh Walsh-Vorster

1. Joe Bolton plays the Tuba with The Nomadic Orchestra at the Skellum Stage at Oppikoppi Music Festival in Northam, Limpopo, South Africa on Saturday 9 August 2014. The Normadic Orchestra is a five-piece Balkan fusion dance band. 

2. Gabriel Du Toit plays the Sax with The Nomadic Orchestra.

3. Greg Abrahams, Joe Bolton and Gabriel Du Toit from The Nomadic Orchestra. © Niamh Walsh-Vorster