Vavasati International Festival

Vavasati International Festival

Annual Women's Festival

Author: San Mari/04 June 2018/Categories: Drama, Festival, Main Artistic Program, Development Program

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Event date: 2018-08-01 08:00 PM - 2018-08-31 08:00 PM Export event


Date: 1 - 31 August 2018
Time: Various
Venue: Various

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Women have played a pivotal role in our success as a nation. On 9 August 1956, 20 000 women of all population groups marched to Pretoria’s Union Buildings to present a petition against the carrying of passes by women to the then Prime Minister JG Strijdom. Vavasati International Women’s Festival celebrates those courageous women who took it upon themselves to rise against the racial injustices in our country.
We have come so far, yet we still have a long way to travel. Women today have a voice, but we should never forget the significant contribution made in 1956 – an epic journey that has brought us to where we are now. Vavasati International Women’s Festival is a spectacle of dance, music, drama and poetry. It’s for visionaries to inspire and encourage others; the vocal to express themselves, voice out their concerns and opinions and remind all of us that the 20 000 women from all races gave them a voice and that they should do the same.  
Vavasati (a Xitsonga word meaning women) symbolizes the power and determination in the face of adversity that women displayed in the 1950’s. Her-Story was written when 20 000 South African women, of all races… from all backgrounds united and marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August in 1956, to defy pass laws. This year marks 60 years of the strong threat of feminine unity that inspired young women to hold the knife at the sharp edge and collectively embrace the significance of not being silenced creatively. This year the festival aims to host more than 1000 female delegates and participants who will be part of various shows, workshops, exhibitions and activities; giving audiences a window into what women artists are doing, making, thinking and writing about.


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