Women’s Humanity Arts Festival at Artscape Theatre

Celebrate South Africa’s formidable females with a jam-packed four-day fiesta


In celebration of Women’s Day (9 August), the Women’s Humanity Arts Festival returns to the Artscape Theatre for its8th edition from Wednesday, 6 to Saturday, 9 August 2014.

The theme of this year’s event is ‘Humanity’, and the aim of the series of productions, concerts, workshops and exhibitions is to recognise and celebrate those women who proactively endeavour to better their own lives and the lives of other women.

As always, the festival encourages the participation of the disabled community, the disenfranchised community and women and men from all spheres of life as a means of not only drawing attention to the lack of humanity that women often face,, but of highlighting the ill treatment experienced by marginalised groups in South Africa on a daily basis.

This year the Women’s Humanity Arts Festival offers an exciting line-up, offering attendees world-class theatre and dance performances by noteworthy South African artists, book launches, musical extravaganzas and so much more.

For more information regarding the events and their prices and times go to Artscape.co.za.

WHAT TO THE EXPECT AT THE 2014 WOMEN’S HUMANITY ARTS FESTIVAL

STAGE PRODUCTIONS: This year guests can anticipate a thrilling programme itinerary of interesting and inspired theatre productions. The hilarious murder mystery Tannie Dora Goes Bos is bound to have audiences riveted, and guests can also look forward to award-winning dancer and choreographer Mamela Nyamza’s autobiographical work, Hatched. Additionally, Rondomskrik, a play about the Cape Flats-set story of teenager Antjie Fortuin, is on the bill, and the powerful dance, music and drama combination I Stand Corrected is also due to entertain audiences with its poignant response to homophobic and transphobic hate, rape and murder. Tickets cost R80p/p for each show.

CONCERTS: Audiences can look forward to two incredible concerts this year. Freedom’s Child, which pays homage to one of Mzansi’s greatest literary activists, James Matthews, perfectly marries poetry and jazz, and features a number of South Africa’s finest jazz musicians – including Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz 2010 Melanie Scholtz. To end off the festival there is the Women in Song concert, which thrusts some of the country’s finest musical talent into the spotlight (think Zanne Stapelberg and Vicky Sampson) as well as the South African Circle of Dance Academy, a group of incredible wheelchair performers. Tickets cost R80p/p and R100p/p respectively.

BOOK LAUNCHES: The annual festival includes a number of launches, including Karoo Kitchen by Sydda Essop, Forgiveness co-authored by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Rev Mpho Tutu and Age is a Beautiful Phase by poet, novelist and political activist James Matthews. Don’t miss out on the fascinating discussion of Forgiveness on the Saturday (9 August), when Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter explain the four-step process of forgiveness.

WOMEN’S WALK: Starting from St George’s Cathedral and making its way to the Artscape Theatre on the Saturday (9 August), the women’s walk is an attempt to unify the Mother City, to recognise the efforts and achievements of all women and to help women reclaim their place in the city. The walk is co-ordinated by Women Zone, Artscape and SA Faith and Family Institute (SAFFI) and includes a blessing by interfaith leaders. For more details visit Womanzonect.com.

WORKSHOPS: This year’s event promises a number of interesting talks and workshops including The South African Women in Construction Western Cape seminar and Know Your Rights Law workshops that will address domestic violence and sexual offences, labours laws in respect of disabled persons, children and the age and consumer rights/protection.

SO MUCH MORE: In addition to the thrills and spills listed above, visitors can look forward to a 13-woman storytelling session on the Friday (8 August), a visual arts exhibition, a photographic exhibition and the launch of a website called Women’s Achievement Network for Disability (WAND) by businesswoman, entrepreneur and mother Karen Smit. Health screenings for blood pressure and blood glucose as well as breast screenings will also be taking place. Dialogues on living and dealing with HIV as well as an award ceremony hosted by The Women’s Hope Education and Training Trust (WHEAT) are also on the cards.

Not really sure what Women’s Day is all about? Never fear, we’ve explained the history and heritage associated with this public holiday.

TICKETS FOR THE 2014 WOMEN’S HUMANITY FESTIVAL AT ARTSCAPE

Tickets are priced individually per event and are available online via Computicket or by calling Artscape’s Dial-a-Seat on +27 (0) 21 421 7695. There are also special packages available; the six-show package costs R420p/p and the three-show package costs R195p/p. (The packages exclude entrance to the Three’s Company ballet production and Divalicious Dames).

For more information on the full programme, dates, times and pricing, visit Artscape.co.za.

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