Cartoon Network, South Africa’s leading pay-tv kids’ channel, in partnership with the very successful free cultural experience, First Thursdays Cape Town, unveiled another African first, The Powerpuff Girls Art Factory. This unique and innovative Powerpuff Girls art exhibition, featuring 10 local artists and illustrators,  certainly did what the Powerpuff Girls do best – celebrated creativity, expression, empowerment and fun, while at the same time empowering young girls and giving back to the community. 


The Powerpuff Girls Art Factory, which will run from 6 April 2017 to 2 May 20017 at 91 Loop in Cape Town, includes an exhibition of 10 unique Powerpuff Girls screen-prints.  The talented artists and illustrators exhibiting as part of the Powerpuff Girls Art Factory include Tandiwe Tshabalala, Ello Xray Eyez, Qondile Dlamini, Jade Klara, Tyla Mason, Ndumiso Nyoni, Karabo Poppy Moletsane, Anja ‘Nanna’ Venter, Saint Rose (Kgabo Mametja) and Jeanne Fourie. 


Africa’s very own Powerpuff Girl, Toya Delazy, opened the evening with her local version of the Powerpuff Girls theme song which she proudly produced last year for the global launch of the all new The Powerpuff Girls series. Toya’s local version represents the Powerpuff Girls on the African continent with a colourful, local interpretation of the song. “When Cartoon Network approached me to localise the new Powerpuff Girls theme song recorded by US indie pop band, Tacocat, I first listened to the original song and I had an instant connection  with the lyrics ‘fighting crime and saving the world before bedtime’. This was one of my childhood dreams growing up in South Africa and I am truly excited to be associated with such an iconic brand!” comments Toya Delazy.


Up and coming Cape Town DJ and exhibiting artist, Jeanne Fourie, a.k.a JNN KPN, blew the crowd away with her mixes during the launch event. “As a young girl, The Powerpuff Girls was one of my favourite shows on Cartoon Network. I always identified with Buttercup the most – tough exterior with a soft heart. At the time, a cartoon show with 3 strong female leads was quite rare. I believe that many girls identified with these characters, as I did, and continue to do so today. I’m honoured to have the opportunity to take part in this project, to visualise a character that girls of all ages may identify with and be inspired by,” commented Jeanne Fourie.


The PPG Art Factory is not just about fun – proceeds raised from the sale of the artwork will be donated to Rock Girl South Africa, a grassroots movement that inspires, encourages, and invests in girl-initiated and girl-focused projects in the private and public sectors. “As part of Rock Girl’s Safe Spaces public art and education initiative, Cartoon Network has partnered with us to unveil the latest Safe Spaces bench at the Powerpuff Girl Art Factory,” says India Baird, Rock Girl founder. “Following the exhibition, the Powerpuff Girls Safe Spaces bench will be placed at the V&A Waterfront to help raise awareness and unite men and women, boys and girls in the effort to end violence against women and girls.”


Cartoon Network’s collaboration with First Thursdays Cape Town, a free cultural experience where art galleries stay open late on the first Thursday of every month, is another great initiative as it makes art accessible to everyone, and gives Powerpuff Girls fans an opportunity to own their own piece of bespoke PPG art. 


“Turner is proud of our audience on the African continent and to show our commitment to Africa, Cartoon Network is investing in more local inspired initiatives, using some of Africa’s best and most inspiring talents,” concludes Pierre Branco, Vice President and General Manager of Southern Europe and Africa for Turner Africa. “The PPG Art Factory promises to be all that the Powerpuff Girls are – cool, fun, fierce and visually exciting, while teaching that you are enough to take on the world.”

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