Vavasati international festival

Vavasati international festival

annual women's festival

Author: San Mari/08 August 2017/Categories: Festival, Main Artistic Program

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Event date: 2017-08-14 06:00 PM - 2017-09-02 03:00 PM Export event


Date: 14 Aug - 2 Sept 2017


The South African State Theatre will once again be home to this year's fifth annual "Vavasati International Festival”, curated by its own Deputy Artistic Director (internationally renowned playwright, poet and director) Napo Masheane.

This year the festival is themed "Flowers of the Revolution” a term coined by one of the best leaders this world has ever produced. This was a term of endearment given to women of MK by the commander-in-chief of MK, comrade president, Oliver Reginald Tambo. The festival was named ‘Vavasati’ (a Xitsonga word meaning ‘women’) so as to reiterate the power and strength that women possess when they unite. In addition, The South African State Theatre created a Women’s Festival of this stancher to give accessibility to space and theatre resources to women artists whose names do not appear in any theatre history books. Like 20 000 women of all races, all backgrounds, who marched to the Union Buildings against pass laws on the 9th of August in 1956. 
This August, we want ‘Vavasati International Festival’ to unburden these sacred and gallant memories through different female and male theatre makers who will be part of various plays, shows, workshops, exhibitions, high tea, flea market and artistic activities; giving audience a window into what women artists are doing, making, thinking, writing about and take note of the remarkable achievements of women in theatre.


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