Zabalaza talent search season is on

2016-01-28 06:00
The winners of last year’s Zabalaza Theatre Festival. PHOTO: Fahiem Stellenboom

The winners of last year’s Zabalaza Theatre Festival. PHOTO: Fahiem Stellenboom

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The search is on for the best drama talent in the Western Cape for the sixth annual Zabalaza Theatre Festival which takes place in March.

Widely regarded as the premier platform of its kind in the country, the festival hopes to be another jam-packed line-up, showcasing some of the most outstanding talent from in and outside of the province.

On Saturday, 30 January, Alexander Sinton High School in Athlone will host a mini festival and then on Sunday, 31 January, it is Cedar Secondary School’s turn, in Mitchell’s Plain.

The final weekend for the search takes place at Guga S’thebe in Langa on Saturday 6 February, and Zolani Centre in Nyanga East on Sunday 7 February.

From the participating productions seen during the mini festivals, the final selection for the Zabalaza Theatre Festival, which takes place from 11 to 19 March, will be made.

The festival kicks off with the Zabalaza Weekend on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March, when all venues and spaces at the Baxter Theatre Centre will pulsate with dynamic and diverse artistic activities.

This will be followed by the Main Programme from Monday 14 to Friday 19 March daily and culminates in the award ceremony on Saturday. Here the best of the festival production will be selected, along with several other awards in various categories. The winner will receive a full run at the Baxter later in the year.

For more information about the festival visit www.baxter.co.za or www.facebook.com/zabalazafestival. Entrance to these venues will be free.

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