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 its 9th edition from Thursday, 6 to Sunday, 9 August 2015.

During the festival, the Artscape Theatre will come alive with theatre productions, a humanity walk followed by a humanity meal, business, social media and law workshops, a dialogue, film screenings, and exhibitions.

Health is also a major focus: Pink Drive will offer free breast  examinations, CANSA will be conducting breast screenings, blood pressure and blood glucose level testing and TBHIV health screenings and much more.

The aim of the series of productions, concerts, workshops and exhibitions is to recognise and celebrate those women who proactively endeavour to achieve an equal society where women are acknowledged and treated with respect.

As always, the festival encourages the participation of the disabled community, the disenfranchised 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, providing attendees with world-class theatre and dance performances by noteworthy South African artists, along with 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 2015 WOMEN’S HUMANITY ARTS FESTIVAL

STAGE PRODUCTIONS: This year guests can anticipate a thrilling programme of interesting and inspired theatre productions. Bittersoet is the Afrikaans translation of Deon Opperman’s Sweet Sorrows, which he wrote for legendary actress Wilna Snyman in the nineties. It follows the lives of a group of women as they face the curveballs of life with courage, conviction and heart.  Cold Case: Revisiting Dulcie September is an exploration of the real-life assassination of the ANC activist, with a dramatic depiction of the various public speculations surrounding her death. Henrietta, With Love is a brand new play that delves into the mind and imaginings of the likeable Henrietta as she explores life, love and the day that changed everything. Tickets cost a maximum of R80p/p for each show. 

CONCERT: This year’s festival culminates in a gospel music concert, boasting artists such as including Neville D, Rouchelle Liedemann, Tertia Hendricks and Anele Tame.

BOOK LAUNCHES: The annual festival includes the launch of Woman Zone’s new book titled Being a woman in Cape Town: Telling your story. The book release involves an open mic story share and clean sheet activity, which facilitates festival attendees speaking and writing about their experiences of being female in this city.

WOMEN’S WALK: After the success of last year’s event, the Woman Zone’s Women’s Humanity Walk returns in 2015, encouraging all the ladies to don their walking shoes and take to the streets for an enjoyable stroll on Sunday, 9 August 2015. The walk begins at the District Six Homecoming Centre and ends at the Artscape Piazza, where there will be music, speeches and a special celebratory Humanity Meal.

WORKSHOPS: This year’s event promises a number of interesting talks and workshops that cover a range of topics, from business to social media, law and women’s rights. The aim of these sessions is to educate and empower attendees, both from a personal and professional point of view.

SO MUCH MORE: In addition to the thrills listed above, visitors can look forward to a visual arts exhibition, film screenings and conversations with inspiring women. There will also be various health screenings for blood pressure and blood glucose levels as well as breast examinations.

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 2015 WOMEN’S HUMANITY FESTIVAL AT ARTSCAPE

Tickets are priced individually per event and are available online via Computicket.com or by calling Artscape’s Dial-a-Seat on +27 (0) 21 421 7695.

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

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