Botho Pan African Arts Festival

2017-09-26 06:01
Madala Kunene will be part of the line up at the Journey to Africa 2063 Concert at Kwangcolosi, Inanda Dam (Sunday from 11am until 7pm). Photo: Deon Maritz

Madala Kunene will be part of the line up at the Journey to Africa 2063 Concert at Kwangcolosi, Inanda Dam (Sunday from 11am until 7pm). Photo: Deon Maritz

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Wushwini Pan African Centre will host a four-day arts festival titled Botho Pan African Arts Festival from 28 September 28 to October 1, at Wushwini, overlooking Inanda Dam in the Valley of 1000 Hills.
A packed weekend programme includes drama productions, conversations and panel discussions, storytelling, craft, exhibitions, dance, music, poetry, culinary, film, sound experimentation, CD launches and workshops.

The festival provides the opportunity to re-launch the much-loved and busy arts centre to include its pan-African context during a ceremony on Thursday, September 28.
Both the centre and the festival will be launched by the Former African Union chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

The evening ceremony includes a host of drummers from many nations literally drumming in the new chapter for the arts centre.

“We warmly welcome all our guests to this our fourth annual festival in which we salute South Africa’s 23 Years of Democracy and the Year of OR Tambo Celebration. Without Our Heritage, Our Culture, Our Roots, Our History, we are a lost nation. Botho is a Sotho word meaning ubuntu. Non - practice ofubuntu, which is what defines us as Africans, leaves us as soulless humans, hence we stage Botho by beating the drums to revive ubuntu bethu as Africans (Our Humanity),” explains founder Jerry Pooe.

Botho Pan African Arts Festival umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu features a vibrant programme of acts by a strong line-up of groups, artists and companies from KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Swaziland, USA, Congo, Free State, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, North West, Burundi, Nigeria, Kenya, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Sixteen theatre productions will be staged over the festival weekend. Offering food for thought and to share some inspiration there will be a workshop: The Magic of Lights and Sound in a Production by Peter Mokgosi.

Also three panel discussions: Keeping our industry alive through Festivals; Women Powerhouse: Challenges and Opportunities for Women in the Arts and What Contribution can arts culture and heritage give in the journey of Africa 2063 Vision.
An interesting feature will be the discussion / conversation and sound experiment, featuring Peru/Johannesburg Composer Joao Orecchia with internationally acclaimed KZN-born composer, cellist and academic, Dr Thokozani Mhlambi.

Carrying the dance flag will by Nelly Rashualang from Siwela Sonke in Durban and Reggie Denster from East London. Film screenings will be on offer from AFDA: Amandiya by Liana Hassim, Mandlakhe by Charles Matthews; Dear Swanky Frank by Michael Struwig and Homeless by Nathan Rice. The spoken word will be celebrated in a Poetry Power Hour and music in the form of concerts featuringZuloe Blue, AFDA singers and Hlengiwe Pearl.

The concert culminates on with a full day’s music and picnic at Kwangcolosi, Inanda Dam on Sunday, October 1, from 11am until 7pm offering a feast of African Sounds from the continent fused with food and African Crafts. African Cuisine will be available prepared by Zambian Chef Pasco Mulenga, who will be showcasing different meals from various African countries and Chef Nonjabulo Khoza will be specialising on South African cuisine, from bunny chow, breyani, braai-vleis, amadumbe, ubhatata, umgxabiso and dumplings.
Crafters will be from different cultures showcasing the unique diverse artefacts as well as visual artists will be displaying and selling their works. Botho Pan African Arts Festival tickets are R20 per show. The music concert tickets will be R50, Tickets will be available at Computicket and at the gate, and tickets can booked in advance through Mr Phila Majola on 0725205093 or email him on: phila@wushwini.co.za

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