Hillbrow drenched in joy
Photo Credit: Mark Straw

Hillbrow was the source of magic and joy recently as part of an eclectic street parade; a reminder that hope still beats in the hearts of its streets.


Hillbrow, South Africa (05 June, 2023) — Communities in South Africa plagued by negative headlines are changing the narrative in their own ways, with Hillbrow adding its creativity to the ‘there are always two sides’ mantra.

As Lavender Hill photographers took to share their hopeful moments and people during a Cape Town Art exhibition, Hillbrow took to its own blocks. Flair, creativity and fun paraded through the area, reminding Joburgers that hope still beats in the hearts of its streets. Better yet, creatives are leading it.

The Hey Hillbrow! Let’s Dlala! parade 2023 was a long work in progress, uniting communities of theatre, movement, peace enforcers and children’s advocates.

On the 27 May, Hillbrow was drenched in joy as its streets belonged to the hopeful and eccentric costumes and smiles won over the negative narratives.

Have a Look at Hillbrow Drenched in Joy

Photo Credit: Hey Hillbrow
Hillbrow drenched in joy
Photo Credit: Mark Straw
Photo Credit: Mark Straw

Hey Hillbrow! Let’s Dlala is an annual street parade described as a “joyous collaboration of beautiful people, artists and friends coming together to celebrate the incredible vibrancy and awe-inspiring bio/human/culture diversity of Hillbrow,” share the organisers.

It runs parallel with ‘Flipping the Globe’ initiative by The Windybrow Arts Centre, an initiative aimed at changing perspectives on African communities.

Some incredible people behind the festivities come from:

  • Kwasha Theatre Company
  • The Johannesburg School of Mask and Movement Theatre
  • Well Worn Theatre Company
  • Shade
  • Exotically Divine
  • Johannesburg Society for the Blind
  • Joburg Child Welfare Thembelethu
  • Judo for Peace South Africa
  • Lefika La Phodiso—Community Art Counselling & Training Institute
  • Dlala Nje
  • The CIRK
  • Johannesburg Awakening Minds—JAM
  • George Khosi’s Hillbrow Boxing Club
  • Fight With Insight
  • MES

Through parades and celebrations like this, we’re all reminded of how much there is to hope and fight for in our beautiful South Africa. Despite all the obstacles, the proverbial parades of change beat on!

Sources: Hey Hillbrow! Let’s Dlala!
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