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SISONKE means “togetherness” in Zulu language. SISONKE emerged 2006 through the collaboration of Imfundiso South Africa and KulturAXE Vienna and is a mutual initiative for creative exchange against poverty by designers and artists from both continents. The aim is the cross-continental collaboration of top designers and young talents for the production of unique jewellery and fashion design collections spreading the message of “Togetherness” and participating in poverty alleviation. The idea is to promote fair trade and production conditions, to create stunning catwalk performances and to support the South African design schools Imfundiso founded by Isaac Nkwe.

Isaac Nkwe is a jewellery designer in South Africa, a country whose most important export goods consist of gold, platinum and diamonds, which are then brought to product development abroad. After completing his studies at the University of Pretoria, Isaac Nkwe had the idea to train the children of the mine workers in jewellery design so that they could have a future.

In this way he founded in 2001 the Imfundiso School in the diamond mine in Cullinan and was honoured by Nelson Mandela for his action to alleviate poverty. From this personal initiative, Imfundiso developed to a training project that could open several schools in the country for historically disadvantaged youth. In the meantime more than 200 students have graduated in jewellery design.

With the realization of his idea, Isaac Nkwe has changed the lifes of many young people, opening up access to education and employment for them. This strong vision and the credo to join efforts for great achievement are the pillars of the cross-continental collaboration of SISONKE. Building on the success story of this personal initiative, expanding it internationally, creating awareness and a SISONKE community. Generating hope to overcome boundaries, for togetherness lived on a global level, showing that each person can generate change.

The SISONKE Cross Continental Design Catwalk  was first staged 2007 in the renowned Museumsquartier in Vienna as a spectacular fusion of design and arts. As a 'design-opera' for togetherness between the continents, this interdisciplinary stage production will be relaunched 2010 on the occasion of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South AfricaTM and its public viewing at the Strandbar Herrmann in Vienna.

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