Makana Route Public Art Development Project (PADP): UQongqothwane Urban Festival

Makhanda/Peddie, Eastern Cape

The Makana Route PADP is administered by the Thandeka Stamper Art Gallery and aims to show that the creative industries and public art can be used as tools to conceptualise green urban renewal interventions toward better place-making and place-remaking. It does this by creating engagement spaces that include marginalised and disenfranchised communities.



The UQongqothwane Urban Festival signalled the end of and unveiled the PADP. The Festival took the form of a 4-day arts and environment festival that included talks, workshops, performances, games, a chess tournament, a short film screening, tree planting and gardening, and the unveiling of two public art commissions in Makhanda and Peddie. The Urban Festival’s central message was environmental regeneration, providing a space for stakeholders to hold conversations about potential further interventions focusing on green issues with a social impact. The intention was to inspire communities to embrace the green economy in a way that facilitates collaboration and investment in local communities.



  • Local community members and community groups
  • Representatives from local non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community-based organisations (CBOs),
  • Public sector: Ngqushwa and Makana Municipalities from their Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) & Community Development sections
  • Academia: Rhodes University and Walter Sisulu University
  • Representatives from the private sector