Windybrow Arts Centre Africa Month

Flipping the Globe!

The Windybrow Arts Centre calls for Unity this Africa Month by hosting a series of festivities!

The Windybrow Arts Centre is thrilled to announce this year’s exciting month-long line-up that will perform at the centre Saturday 7 to Saturday 28 May 2022. The month of May is recognized as Africa Month – a time when Africa is in a quest for the unity of the continent and for the political and economic emancipation of its people.

The Windybrow Arts Centre has curated a series of events for the month under the theme Flipping the Globe!

Flipping the Globe challenges perceptions about Africa. The theme will weave through an inspiring series of performances, workshops, conversations, and exhibitions engaging artists young and not so young in collaboration with Lefika La Phodiso, Centre for the Less Good Idea, Puleng Plessie and Ub’Dope Shishini.

Looking at the world upside down brings new perspectives in the status of the North/South relationship, to the distortion of the sizes of continents and to the psychological realm. Flipping the Globe is a political act giving the opportunity to engage in a playful and provocative way as we find expression in song, art, dance, and conversation.

Flipping the Globe is set to inspire the reimagining of ourselves as we view the world with new perspective.

Kicking off the festivities with Flipping the Globe through semiotics and music on Saturday 7 May. The 1st workshop will be facilitated by Pule Kanjanolitjie, a linguist, artist and comedian who is currently questioning what happens to our perspective and understanding of the world when North is placed South. Pule also does an in-depth discussion around African Semiotics and linguistics which interrogate and unpack the ways in which we understand constructs such as gender and identity.

In partnership with Lefika la Phodiso, The Windybrow Arts Centre will be opening Saturday 14 May 2022 a collaborative exhibition bringing together works created by participants of the WAC after-school programme and Lefika. The young artists will explore flippin! as an act of defiance, resistance and connection. The exhibition launch will include a discussion that unpacks the role of art therapy and play in the lives of children. Puleng Plessie, will co-curate the exhibition with the young artists and facilitators.

Together with The Centre for Less Good Idea, independent artist and facilitator of the Windybrow Drama Programme Sibahle Mangena will be hosting a workshop at Centurion College for grade 12 history leaners and teachers. This in preparation for the outreach programme of the acclaimed production The Head and The Load by William Kentridge, which will roll out in 2023.

A Comedic Flip on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 May in partnership with Ub’dope will host 3 comedy shows that look at the act of flipping from a comedic lens presented at the Ramolao Makhene Theatre. The weekend will kick off with a game night on Friday, the Saturday edition will present a matinee held for high school audiences which will also include a workshop that focusses on social issues and discourses from the comedic perspective. The event will wrap up with a comedy show that presents a truly African line up of young and not so young comedians

Music Flip on Saturday 28 May will be a day for the family to enjoy an exciting line-up of music local food and craft stalls at the Windybrow Arts Centre. The day will host upcoming artists from across the continent and a closing performance from internationally renowned band The Brother Moves On. An original composition in collaboration with the Windybrow choirs and The Brother Moves On will have its debut at the event. Line-up: The Friendly Drummers, The Brother Moves On, Emmanuel Paul and Femi Koya.

“The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions that have been concealed by the answers” James Bawldin

Tickets for the comedy and music events will be sold via www.webtickets.co.za or at the Ramolao Makhene Theatre and Windybrow Arts Centre.

For further details of the Windybrow Art Centre’s Africa Month programme please visit www.markettheatre.co.za


For interviews and images please contact:
Lusanda Zokufa, Senior Publicist
or
Desmond Mathebula – Publicity Intern
Market Theatre Foundation
011 832 1641 ext 123/204 or 072 367 7867 / 062 329 4741
lusandaz@markettheatre.co.za / desmondm@markettheatre.co.za


Lusanda Zokufa
lusandaz@markettheatre.co.za
072 367 7867
The Market Theatre Foundation
http://www.markettheatre.co.za