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SAST Youth Expressions Festival Celebrates 10 Years

 

The South African State Theatre’s Annual Youth Expressions Festival will this year, in June mark 10 years of empowering youth talent in the country.  

Since its inception in 2008 the festival has stood the test of time in continuing to challenge the youth to create and tell their stories, most importantly in their own mother tongues. The Youth Expressions Festival is directed towards empowering young people while remembering the essence of Youth Month (June) in South Africa. Now in its 10th year, this exciting platform for youth artistic expression invites and showcases various art forms including Dance, Drama, Comedy, Music, Poetry and Visual Art.

“The spirit of the youth is the life blood of every society, and through their artistic expressions we can tell the narratives of their society. This very statement makes the festival an important platform for young arts practitioners to showcase their artistic excellence,” says SAST’s Education Youth Children Theatre (EYCT) Manager Thabiso Qwabe.

This year also marks 42 years since the Soweto Uprising which tragically ended 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 the heroic young people who fell on June 16, the youth in democracy will carry the baton by staging compelling crafts during the festival throughout the Youth Month. On Youth Day, 16th June, an annual march will be conducted around the theatre complex, followed by keynote addresses and LIVE performances at the theatre’s Precinct.

The Festival will launch on the 1st June and run throughout the youth month with live performances, workshops and exhibition every day. The festival will feature various productions (to be confirmed) including workshops by South African Revenue Services (SARS), Companies Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) to educate on how we can commercialise the youthful artistic and contribute the country’s economy through job creation. A full programme comprising of scheduling of all shows and events will be soon made available on all theatre’s communications.

“We inviting the business sector, corporate to invest and sponsor this incredible festival. It is almost a 30 days event with festivities that require resources for the festival to reach its mandate. Make a difference and support the Arts and our Youth this Youth Month,” said Qwabe.

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