Vavasati International Festival 2021 at SAST

Vavasati International Festival 2021

Tebogo Ditinti: The South African State Theatre is at it again bringing us only the best our country has to offer. Right now the focus is on the VAVASATI Fest.

“This festival is usually run during the national Women’s Month (August) annually and this year was a blessing in disguise as the president announced that the country would be taken back to alert level 4 of the national lockdown during that month. That placed The South African State Theatre in a position of creativity, which resulted in the festival being rescheduled to take place during the 16 Days of Activism Against the Abuse of Women and Children. It was very fitting as most of the productions that applied and as a result selected for the festival speak directly to that theme. This has become a disturbing national challenge which forced the theatre to rethink programming and scheduling and overall theatre making”. Said the curator of the festival, the young and talented Nompumelelo Skhosana. Yes, the festival is under new management.

The abuse of women and children is a pandemic all on its own in this country and to have women claim their power back through performing and visual art is something for everyone to witness. That is what art is all about. Telling our stories our way.

“The Vavasati International Festival is one of the strongest festivals in the country as it is the festival for and by women. Female creatives are, through this festival afforded a platform through which they create and find stories that speaks to them. It is through such a festival that women find healing and solace through art. The stories being told aren’t from a place of self-pity or that of shame, rather they are from a space of Power, Strength and Queenship”. Nompumelelo continues to say.

The festival includes an exhibition titled Colored by Mmatshepo Rakhalakane from 28 Nov – 04 Dec 2021.

Thetha from the Eastern Cape will be in the Rendezvous Theatre from 30 Nov – 02 Dec 2021.

Baxter Theatre will host An-Nur choreographed by Vuyolwethu Nompetsheni from 06 – 08 Dec 2021.

Bofelo Ba Madi written by Melody Ngomane and Thandi Mnisi will run from 07 – 09 Dec 2021 in the Arena Theatre.

Nonkululeko Mashiyi will bring us Herstory Museum from 10 – 12 Dec 2021 also at the Arena.

The melodic and harmonious SAST Youth Choir will certainly fill us up for one evening only on 10 Dec 2021.

The 2021 Standard Bank Ovation award winning Izibazi Zomendo by Mbali Ndlozi will be at Sibusiso Khwinana Theatre from 13 – 15 Dec 2021.

“The Annual addition of the women’s festival seeks to remind the women of the power they are amid the issues being dealt with and challenges being faced. This festival seeks to celebrate women and their inherent powers”. Nompumelelo Skhosana.

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