This entertaining and exciting arts extravaganza brings the best of Mzansi’s artistic talent to the stage, including performances in music, comedy, dance and drama.
The 19-day festival kicks off on 1 December 2010 with a march from the Union Buildings to The State Theatre, where all will be entertained by the music of Chomee, and dancing by pantsula, gumboot, Hip Hop and traditional Tswana and Zulu dancers.
The festival music features SA’s queen of Soul Jazz – Lira, South Africa’s leading rock band Prime Circle, kwaito group Big Nuz from Umlazi, Hip Hop artist Pro together with Jozi, one of South Africa’s newest and already prominent Hip Hop crews, and Freshlyground, the winner of the MTV Europe Award in the category Best African Act.
Gospel in this year’s festival will be presented by Solly Mahlangu, winner of SABC Crown Gospel Award 2009/2010 for Best Gospel Song of the Year as well as a performance by the Tshwane Gospel Choir.
Mainstream theatre performances in the festival will feature the following productions: Bombarded by Maishe Maponya, Breed by Janet and Andrew Buckland, Tseleng, The Baggage of Bags by Sara Matchet, Dowwe Dolla 007: Geskud, Nie Gepluk Nie (an Afrikaans production) directed by Hennie van Greunen, Spirits and Bones, directed by Thapelo Mofokeng and Tselane and the Giant, directed by Galeboe Moabi.
In fringe theatre performed by fieldworkers and local community groups, is the result of a partnership between the SA State Theatre. Productions to be staged are: Zollie, Snow White and Seven Dwarfs, Sophiatown, The Prophecy, We Shall Sing for the Fatherland, Gangsters, Asinamali, Love, Crime and Johannesburg, Tselane and the Giant, Weemen, The Nurse, So What’s New, Issues, Corner Street and Tseleng, The Baggage of Bags.
Dance performances will be presented by E-Boys, an all-male dance season featuring four dance pieces by leading South African contemporary dance choreographers showcasing the “masculine states of poetic grace” (Adrienne Sichel – Star Tonight).
The hour-long performance is set in their dressing room, meaning the dancers will be changing onstage and introducing the works they are about to perform with their bodies doing the real talking.
The festival’s comedy offering will feature entertainer, MC and comedian, David Kau, who was discovered by accident while doing a corporate gig, and is now at the forefront of South Africa’s comedy scene. He has headlined numerous comedy festivals and performed his own comedy specials. He also co-created and hosted the stand-up comedy show Blacks Only.
The festival ends on 19 December, 2010
Tickets are available at Computicket and at the door.
2 December: David Kau at 20:30 R100
3 December: Big Nuz at 20:30 R100
4 December: Prime Circle at 20:30 R120
5 December: Solly Mahlangu at 14:00 R120
10 December: Lira at 20:30 R120
11 December: Pro & Jozi at 20:30 R120
12 December: Tshwane Gospel choir at 14:00 R100
17 December: Freshlyground at 20:00 R150
Tickets prices as well as dates for performances for theatre, dance and comedy are available at theatre, on request.