‘Litsha, Delft to host arts fest

2016-04-07 06:00
 Mthuthuzeli Stone Galela of Gunyalakha Arts Movement will showcase his skills. PHOTOs: KASIPUBFARTS

Mthuthuzeli Stone Galela of Gunyalakha Arts Movement will showcase his skills. PHOTOs: KASIPUBFARTS

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Theatre4Change, in partnership with the Infecting the City Festival has announced that the second annual Kasi-2-Kasi Public Art Festival will be held in Delft and Khayelitsha in April.

The first program will start at the Suburban Shopping Centre in Delft on April 23 with performances leading to the Black Box Theatre, at the rent office.

The second leg will be at the Khayelitsha Mall with performances leading to the last performance opposite Harare Police Station.

The festival is regarded as one of the premiere public art platforms in the country.

It is presented in different communities and its previous showcase in Gugulethu on March 14 last year received great acclaim.

“This year’s festival will feature semi-professionals and established choreographers, directors and visual artists,” said Kasi-2-Kasi Public Art Festival Artistic director, founder and curator Mandisi Sindo.

Sindo said the public art festival aims to introduce other forms of creativity to young, upcoming and established directors, choreographers, musicians, poets, visual artists and to audiences.

“It is a festival that benefits not only Cape Town based artists but international and national artists as well.

“Last year we hoped to host performances from other provinces and internationally, we are proud to announce that this year we will be hosting Flowers of Silence, performed by Theatre Thump! which is a French/South African company based in Bordeaux, France” said Sindo.

The concept behind the festival is to awaken the dead spaces in the communities, areas that are not seen to breathe or represent the people who occupy them.

“I believe public space is something each community deserves to honour and appreciate as a reflection of a shared expression, but many don’t see public art as means to that end.

Every space can be a performance space” said Zanele Azuza Radu, Kasi-2-Kasi Public Art Festival project manager.

In this years’ Kasi-2-Kasi Public Art Festival the audience members, communities, and art practitioners will be witnessing the best of Cape Town’s professional and upcoming creatives telling their stories, in their individual languages, and in their own community corners.

She said this is not a competition but a platform for artists to showcase the beauty of their works and communicate their thoughts through the spaces owned by the stories they tell.

The programme of 10 different works follows a series of routes from the shopping centres ,malls, street corners, backyards, intersections, islands, gardens and under trees.

It takes place over two days in some of the most active communities of Cape Town – Delft on d April 23 and in Khayelitsha on the April 30, 2016.

For more information call Sindo on 0760359672

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