Youth Expressions Festival

Youth Expressions Festival

Annual Youth Festival

Author: San Mari/22 April 2018/Categories: Festival, Main Artistic Program, Development Program

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Event date: 2018-06-01 10:00 AM - 2018-06-30 10:00 PM Export event


Date: 1 - 30 June 2018
Time: Various
Venue: Various
Tickets: R50

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The South African State Theatre’s (SAST) Annual Youth Expression Festival will mark 10 years of empowering youth talent in South Africa.  
Since its inception in 2008 the festival has stood the test of time by continuing to challenge youth to tell more stories, create and present works in their mother tongues. The Youth Expressions Festival is directed towards empowering young people while remembering the essence of Youth Month (June) in South Africa. This festival is a celebration of the youth’s creative spirit that remembers the past, while reflecting on the current state of affairs and interrogating the hopes for tomorrow. This is as an exciting platform for the youth to express themselves artistically, it invites and showcases various forms of art including Dance, Drama, Comedy, Music, Poetry and Visual Art. 

This year South Africa also mark 42 years since the Soweto Uprising tragically ending with hundreds of young people killed by the apartheid government when they protested against the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction. In commemorating these heroic young people who fell on June 16, the youth in democracy will carry on the baton through staging compelling crafts during the festival throughout the Youth Month.

“This festival was conceived with the principle of not just being about nostalgia but also guiding aphorism that ‘people who do not learn from the past are bound to repeat it’. Today’s youth can learn a lot from that fighting spirit that characterized the Youth of 1976,” said Thabiso Qwabe, Head of the EYCT program at the State Theatre.

The Festival will kick start with a march around the Theatre complex in Tshwane, followed by speeches and LIVE performances at the theatre’s Precinct. The festival will run to feature seventeen productions, including workshops by South African Revenue Services (SARS), Companies Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) to educate in how we can commercialize the youth’s artistic talent that can support the country’s economy in job creation. A full programme comprising all shows will be available on SAST’s website.


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